Have you ever been curious about travel blogging or starting your own photography business? Or simply wondered how we got started and how you can do the same? Some of our most asked questions here on the blog and on our Instagram have been around photography. What gear we use, what lenses to choose, how we edit, etc. Well, you asked and we answered! This post is a definitive list of all the gear we use for our travel blogging process.
This list may look different for you depending on what your goals and interests are for your photography journey. However, we thought it would be fun to share a little bit about our story with you, and maybe it could inspire you to try a new lens or experiment with a new accessory! Whatever works for you – photography looks different for everyone.
Another thing to note – this is a collection we’ve acquired through many years of upgrading gear and saving up. You DO NOT need everything on this list to take beautiful photographs! We have also provided affiliate links to these products, which means if you click, we can keep this blog running. Thank you!
Our Ultimate Travel Photography Gear List
Currently, we own two Canon 5D Mark IIIs. We had one for a really long time but recently got another body so that both of us could take pictures. Berty is a full-time wedding photographer, so two camera bodies quickly became a must for ease of use for that as well.
Details of Canon 5D Mark III (22.3 MP, Full Frame)
- 1/8000 to 30 second shutter speed
- Optional external wifi compatible
- Weather-sealed body
- Continuous shooting 6 frames per second
- Read a full review and compare it with other camera bodies in this article.
Don’t have the $$$ to buy them brand-spanking new? Try buying used through B&H, Adorama, or trade-in your old lenses or camera bodies for a deeper discount. We probably wouldn’t recommend buying off of Craigslist – not saying it’s impossible, but with a piece of equipment as expensive as a DSLR camera, it’s smart to know exactly what you’re buying. Buying through a trusted brand will give you more transparency. They will also let you know exactly the condition your used item is in, and that’s not always the case when purchasing from a private party. Be safe!
Because of our busy travel schedule coming up, we wanted to get a camera that fit easily in a pocket and could take really good quality video. We’re going to use it to post more on our Youtube channel! We’ll update this post when we have a chance to use it- but we read lots of reviews and are very hopeful it will be what we expect.
When choosing camera lenses, we need a solid mix. Most have been acquired through upgrading for Berty’s wedding business, but there are certain ones we use mainly for travel photography and landscapes. When choosing lenses, think about the kind of photos you enjoying taking. Do you like being outdoors? Taking portraits? Shooting wildlife in nature like Natgeo photographers? 😉 You certainly don’t need all of these listed – read up and consider what will benefit your personal work.
Canon 50mm f/1.2 – (Fixed lens) This one is primarily used for weddings and portraits, mainly by Berty.
Canon 35mm f/1.4 II (Fixed lens) This one is my (Emily’s) personal favorite. I love the soft background it creates when I’m focusing on something up close. With this lens, you can really pay attention to detail with sharp precision.
Canon 17-40mm f/4 (Wide lens) Used for landscapes. This lens doesn’t really give you that soft background but it’s helpful when wanting to capture huge scenes like Yosemite’s Tunnel View or Hurricane Ridge. It also is helpful when shooting in our small apartment – it is very wide and captures the whole room.
These gadgets enhance our content, whether it be video or images. Lately, we’ve been blending the two and these things help us get creative when capturing the whole story in a new destination.
JOBY GorillaPod Tripod: This company makes tripods for all camera sizes. We chose the one for DSLRs to use as a sort of heavy-duty selfie stick for videos. We also use it as a traditional tripod when hiking and in places with uneven ground. Be careful though – we’re pretty rough with ours and have already gone through two sets. They probably aren’t mean for all the wear and tear we put them through. Example in this blog post (same post as above)
Sandisk CF/SD Cards: These aren’t actually add-ons, they are totally necessary. I can’t compare these to any other brand because we’ve used these since day 1. They read quickly, upload quickly, and are easy to use!
Pelican Memory Card Holder: This little case keeps memory cards safe, secure, and in one place. Often times these cards can get lost in a bag or suitcase because of their small size, but with a case, it’s easier to keep track of them all. Pro Tip: When Berty has filled a card – he’ll flip it over in the case to signify it’s been used and needs to be uploaded later.
Kawa Camera Strap: We like to use Kawa because their shoulder strap allows us to have the camera ready at all times. It just sits at the hip, and when we’re ready to use the camera, it easily slides up the strap right into our hands.
Ona Bags: These bags were specifically designed with photographers in mind. ONA backpacks and bags are not only stylish but extremely functional. You can see more examples of these in our posts here and here.
Gnarbox: This is a 128GB portable backup hard drive for those times when your computer isn’t accessible while traveling. It has it’s own built in wifi, so you can easily insert your camera’s memory card, and have it uploaded on your phone in just a few minutes. This is perfect for editing and posting on the go. However the only downside of this is that it doesn’t read CF cards. But everything else (SD, USB3, microSD) is fair game.
MacBook Air 11inch: – This is what we use when traveling. It’s very compact, and fits easily in any carry-on we’ve used. I linked the 13in version because I don’t believe they sell the 11in model new anymore. Either way, we recommend a Macbook Air model for travelers who are looking to save space, because this guy is smalllllll.
MacBook Pro 15inch: – This is Berty’s photo editing superhero. The colors are great and the screen is big so he can see what he’s doing. This one was a little bit of a splurge for us, but when you’re job is editing photos for a living, we decided it was a good investment.
Drobo 5N Hard Drive: These hard drives are SO. COOL. Drobo has many different options to offer, so look carefully for the one that fits your lifestyle best. We got the 5N version because it’s connected via our wifi network. That means Berty and I can both access the storage at the same time, without having to plug in a cord to our computers. The one I linked here includes 10TB of storage. We also own this one, The Drobo 5D3 , but it is not connected via wifi, it’s wired and uses USBC (and charges the new Macbooks too!)
Lexar Card Reader: This is a tower that allows you to import multiple cards at the same time. It saves a LOT of time, and you can switch out the ports (Here’s one for SD and CF) to fit what you shoot with.
Lacie Portable Hard Drives: These are super handy when you’re on a trip and need a safe place to store your photos. We currently have 3! Something to note: If you have the latest version of the Macbook Pro, make sure you are buying a hard drive with a USB-C plugin like this one, otherwise you’ll have to buy this adapter to fit your computer.
Is there any other questions you have about our photography gear? What programs we use? Our editing process? Let us know what you want to hear and we can cover it in a future blog post!
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