If you’re not sure if travel photography is the best place to start; Start here with my How to find the best photography gear for you Quiz.
From capturing the beauty landscapes, the local people and being absorbed into the culture, customs and history. It’s all about capturing the essence of area and creating a feeling for the viewer. The Photographic Society of America defines a travel photo as an image that; expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations.
You’ll need to consider:
- How much gear you want to take with you?
- What story are you trying to capture?
Camera: You need a versatile camera. A trick of all trades, because you just don’t know what you’ll encounter. However, at the same time you might want to pack light. The main features you should be looking at in terms of actual image quality are; the sensor size, aperture range, level of manual control. Finally, look for camera’s without an interchangeable lens, the best optical zoom.
So if you’re just starting out, there’s nothing wrong with your smartphone (iphone 8, Samsung S9, or the Google Pixel 3). If you’re looking for something a little more versatile but less weight than a DSLR check out the Canon Powershot G1X, but beware the convenience of DSLR so compact comes at a heavy cost. If that’s too much check out these DSLR, Sony Alpha a7 II, Nikon D3500, but the Canon Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D in Europe) is still my favourite.
Lens : You’ll need a wide zoom lens, something like a 16-105mm or 28-300mm will get you started.
Something like the Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 G AF-S ED VR Lens or Canon EF 24-105 f/4 L IS II. While these are expensive, you truly only need one lens. Looking for a cheaper option, then look no further Sigma 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 C DC Macro OS HSM – Canon Fit
A decent strap and bag, like the Vanguard Alta Sky 45D Backpack
Filters: Polariser and Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters. These help balance the sky exposure with everything else and reduce reflections
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