It is said that good photography gear produces good photographs. While this may be right, we should also consider that the skill of a photographer can make a difference too. A camera with a good setup can result in bad photographs when used by inexperienced hands. Meanwhile, a simple camera can produce great photos in the hands of a skilled photographer.
We can start by saying that any camera can give us amazing photos, but if we want to take the quality of our photos to the next level, especially during our travels, investing in an appropriate camera setup is an option. So, how do we come about that? What are the things we should consider for a travel camera setup? Let’s go find out!
What Do You Want To Shoot
What camera will you use? Stick with your camera phone if you want to take a lot of selfies. For creative shots in the river or beach with a smooth water exposure, night shots with the stars, blurred backgrounds on your food shots, jump shots or basketball game shots, invest in a DSLR so you can control the timing of each shot. A GoPro will work for point and take snapshots or shots that are not meant to be overly creative although its capabilities are limited.
What Can Your Budget Handle
A highly priced camera will not give you a guarantee that it will do the job just as perfect as you expect it to do, considering how much you have invested in it. Choosing a setup that is best for you is the key. Year after year, cameras and gears get upgraded, and their features get better as technology advances. If you have a firm budget, you can choose to get a low-priced camera and a better lens because lenses can last a lifetime.
Where Are You Shooting
Your destination determines the type of gears you need or at least the ones you can manage to bring. If you are going somewhere far and you want to capture once in a lifetime shots, you sure do not want to take a lot but still aim to get quality shots, stick with choosing a good DSLR camera and a lens that fits and will have an extensive range capability.
If you are going to use your camera in salty and dump environments like the beach, you sure do not want to abuse your high-end DSLR, so stick with a GoPro, which is lightweight and can do point and shoot shots. Using a DSLR on this kind of location may just cause you to replace your gears if they ever get damaged.
What Do You Really Need
A tripod can expand creative possibilities letting you play with time and take longer exposures. There are different sizes of tripods, and even a small one can make a difference only if you use it. If you do not ever plan to use it in your travels, do not even consider buying or bringing one as it can eat up space.
Filters can do magic too, and they are something that you can consider since lenses are pricey. They can also serve as the first line of defense—just replace a relatively inexpensive filter if it ever gets damaged, instead of replacing the entire lens.
Battery life and memory space are two essential things to consider too when traveling. Most camera batteries can allow 300-500 shots so if you think you will be taking a lot more photos than that, you should bring extra batteries to make sure you do not end up losing the chance in capturing special moments.
You can also either choose to carry additional memory cards or get an external hard drive for added storage for your photos. You do not want to be deleting some of your previously taken shots just because you ran out of space and needed to take some more.
Weight is also a serious consideration when choosing your setup gears. Nowadays, people tend to bring their mobile phones even if they own professional cameras because of its convenience while traveling and because most setups are too heavy and would eat a lot of space too. Larger equipment can lead to higher quality photos due to its optical elements but if you want to keep it light, invest in a decent smartphone.
What Can You Handle
Different kinds of gears and camera setups are available here and there. But before choosing them, you also have to be honest with yourself about your learning curve and your ability to handle them. You do not need to invest in an overly-priced camera if you are not a very technical person who will be patient enough to understand and explore its specs. That will be a total waste of money.
A complicated and intricate setup can indicate more costs—having a massive manual, and more buttons. Without investing effort and time into learning, the harder it will be to get good results using a more complicated camera than just a simple one.
After a brief research about cameras and setups, we can say that expensive, high-end, or complicated gears do not always guarantee or automatically create great photos. What’s important is to know where you are going and where you will be using your camera in order to choose the right one with the perfect setup. You do not need to spend a lot of money. You can start with a primary camera body with the right choice of lens that can do the trick.
Do not forget that the most powerful gear is YOU and not your camera or your setup. You can produce award-winning photos if you invest enough time into learning how to take great pictures than spending money on gears. Figure out your travel style and do your research so you can pick the best travel camera setup with the right gears based on your personal learning goals and preferences.