Holiday photography : The equipment
We all want great holiday photography when we go away. Why wouldn’t we want to come back with some amazing photos that make everyone say ‘wow, it looks like you had a brilliant time’. Holiday photography is fun! I really don’t feel like I talk about taking photos enough. I went to university and I gained a first class honours degree in photography. It’s my passion and wherever I end up in life, I know that I’ll always be snapping and editing away. I wanted to talk a little bit about what equipment I take away when on holiday. I tend to go overboard and pack almost everything, yet when we actually head out and about in another country I tend to minimise what I take with me. So here are the basics – I will always take this lot with me!
The obvious one: The camera
Obviously to take photos you need a camera – duh. If you haven’t got a camera then you might want to consider going to purchase one before continuing to read this post. Although I’m almost certain that everyone has a camera nowadays? Anyways, back on topic. I pack two cameras, when packing for my holiday photography. Sometimes three depending on how adventurous i’m feeling. I will always take my DSLR, that goes without saying. I use a canon 550D but am looking to upgrade because I feel that my camera is now personally limiting me.
You can purchase a canon 550D with the standard lens (which is absolutely rubbish!) for around £220 now. The other camera I take with me for holiday photography is a canon EOS 300 which is a film camera. You can purchase this for around £70 on amazon. Film is so cheap these days and the outcome is always so exciting and fun (for photography nerds like me anyways!). If I’m feeling brave I will pack my Diana lomography camera. These are so pretty looking but incredibly hard to use. They take 120mm film and if you’re unsure how to use them, then it may not be the best idea to take one on holiday with you!
It is always (well, mostly) about the lens. Not the camera. The lens! I have several that I rely on but tend to take all of them with me whilst away. When I started to play around with different lenses I fell in love with the 50mm 1.8. This is such an affordable lens (averaging around £100) and so worth every penny. It’ll make you fall in love with your photos and create that ‘blurry background’ that a lot of camera users long for. It’s lightweight, small and such good quality. If you are still using the kit lens on your DSLR then you are probably not getting the full effect of your camera.
I then upgraded my 50mm 1.8 for a 50mm 1.4 and this is the lens that I use in most of my photos. I will explain at a later date more about lenses and what each one does. I also use a 30mm 1.4 which is lovely as it isn’t as zoomed in so it’s nice for holiday photos when you don’t want to keep stepping further back until you’ve lost the moment! I then LOVE a good wide angle and for this I use a 10-22mm lens which is wonderful for getting beautiful landscape and also the odd selfie!
A tripod (or two!)
I will pack two tripods. I like to take a basic lightweight tripod at approximately 60 inches high. These start from about £15 and are so handy to have as a photographer. If you are looking at taking some pretty self portraits of you and your family during golden hour then this is perfect. We set up our camera on the tripod in a nice quiet location and then snap away. We also take a GorillaPod with us – it is incredibly ideal to just pop in your bag as apposed to a larger tripod. They also can wrap around almost anything as they have little flexibly joints. We love our GorrillaPod!
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