I love traveling.
It is kind of my thing to explore new places, to walk off the beaten path. I don’t really have a plan most of the time. I like it to be spontaneous.
But: Without pictures you don’t have anything to share with your family and friends. You also don’t have anything to attach memories to than your brain. And a brain can only remember that much.
So here are my travel photography essentials.
Bring your camera:
It might seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll need a camera to shoot away on your adventures. Weather it’s just your smartphone, a point-and-shoot, your mirror-less or a dSLR doesn’t matter. You just need some kind of camera. And I advise you to shoot RAW whenever possible, since it gives you way more editing flexibility.
Of course you can also use your old ass film camera, but getting the film developed is expensive.
Don’t forget your batteries and battery chargers. Also check if you need any wall plug adapters/ power converters on destination. Also don’t forget your memory cards, wether it’s SD or CF, it won’t work if you don’t have it with you. Also pack enough cards, so that you don’t run out of storage in the middle of nowhere.
Pack a general, multi purpose lens. Something like 18-55mm or 24-70mm on a full frame is the most useful. And lenses usually do weight a bit. So you’re limited in anyways. Also bring your mobile lenses if you have some.
Bring a tripod:
Bring a small, light travel tripod for long exposures, time lapses and general videography. Even if it’s not really a deal breaker anymore, it’s still a good idea to get one. I use a aluminum Manfrotto Befree in red, but any compact, sturdy tripod will do.
What do you think about travel photography? Did I forgot anything on this list? Tell me in the comments down below.