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So you want to do some travel photography like a pro? Here are some basics to keep in mind before you take off. Is a flight out of your budget? We are giving you a FREE round-trip domestic flight, so keep reading to find out how to get your ticket!
Travel photography is not as easy as just throwing your camera in your suitcase, there are lots of things to take into consideration.
We’ve added photos from our last trip to Mexico as some examples of what a big difference a great DSLR can make.
Between the two of us, we have a few go-to DSLRs. If you are going all in on taking some professional looking photos, but want something affordable for your plunge into the DSLR world, we recommend the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. You aren’t breaking the bank and investing thousands, but its investment enough where you are getting quality, and a product that will last you a longtime.
Most of the time we carry two lenses. A fixed 50mm lens and our handy-dandy 24-70mm lens. Once in a while we bring the big daddy out. If you are going to be far away from your subject, like on a safari, you will want a really good big lens. A 100-400mm telephoto lens is perfect for those kinds of trips.
A good camera bag or backpack can save you time, worry, and keep you organized. We used to carry a bag but found that a backpack with movable compartments worked well for us. Plus, it also can hold our tripod. You can spend hundreds on a backpack or spend $40 like we did.
Speaking of tripods, we recently bought a lightweight tripod that we use when filming or taking timed shots. Don’t forget a handy quick release for the tripod!
Consider what time of day you will be shooting. For us, we hardly EVER bring a flash. Unless for example we are night shooting like we did in Kruger National Park. Reflectors are really only needed if you plan on shooting portraits or indoor objects.
We are currently STILL editing the thousands of photos we took in South Africa. When and where you edit, is a personal choice. On some trips, where we want to post right away or don’t have much editing to do, we will use a transfer cable to transfer the photos to our phones, and edit with a simple app.
Other times, when we know we will have lots of downtime, and want to start editing right away, we will bring our laptops, and use Photoshop CC to edit while we travel. This is a little more work since we have to pack our laptops, cables, chargers, and external hard-drives.
Most of the time when we travel, we leave the editing for later. No packing laptops and extra things you need to worry about forgetting, breaking, getting lost or stolen. Also, editing takes lots and lots of time and that time that can be better spent enjoying our trip!
Sure, using your phone can get you by, or a simple point-and-shoot can as well, but if you want to get high quality, printable, photos. Going with a DSLR is your best bet.
Thinking about upgrading your camera? We are running an exciting promotion for OLYMPUS, giving away a free domestic U.S. flight with purchase of an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II digital SLR!