Taking photographs has become such an important part of overseas travel.
Not only is it great to show your friends, family, and colleagues all the wonderful places you’ve been to, and the things you have seen and done; but it provides you with visual memories to look back on.
Science has proven that travel makes us happier, and I believe that having photos of your holidays is the easiest way to transport yourself back to a particular moment in time and relive those memories.
” You won’t become sick of the memories; on the contrary, they’ll make you happier and happier as time goes on”
You don’t need to be an expert in order to take fantastic photos. In my experience, I find that more often than not, the location does most of the work for you!
But, of course, in order to capture all the wonderful moments of your trip, you do need something to take them with.
So I thought I would share the different cameras that I take with me when I go travelling, why I take them, and what I use them for. You definitely don’t need multiple cameras — in fact, it’s much easier if you don’t — but this is what works for me.
An overview of the cameras I use while travelling
Depending on the kind of phone you have, it is possible to take some truly spectacular photos using nothing but the camera that it comes with.
Of course these days, there are also a vast number of apps and photo-editing tools that can turn even the grainiest of landscapes into a work of art.
Taking photos on your mobile phone offers the easiest way for you to share your photographs with others; whether by social media, instagram, or email, as you can do it all right there and then, while still in the moment.
I currently use an iPhone 6. My phone is usually the first thing I will grab when a photo opportunity takes me, as it is quick and easy, and I can normally get the snap I am after using only one hand. Because phones are generally small, they are super easy to transport — just pop it in your pocket and go! And you can take them everywhere you go. No fuss.
The next camera I won’t leave home without is the Canon Powershot SX260HS. This was my main camera until about a year ago when I decided to upgrade.
I still use my point-and-shoot often, as it is really transportable, has manual settings, and is super easy to use.
This camera came with me to Europe, and continues to be the camera I’ll grab if I want more options with my photo-taking, but don’t want to lug around a DSLR.
It is also really great for video-taking, and has multiple scenes (such as night-time, beach scene, and sport) and automatic settings for those moments when you don’t quite have the time to set up all of the manual options. You can simply just point and shoot, and the camera will do all the work for you.
I use the Powershot when we’re out and about, taking part in an activity, or want to film our experiences.
The big boy — DSLR
The most recent addition to my camera collection is the Canon EOS 700D. I really wanted to take my photography to the next level, so I invested in this beast, which came with two lenses — an 18-55mm STM, and a 55–250mm STM. I have also purchased a 50mm and a 14mm lens to round out my set.
The lens I tend to turn to the most is the 18–55mm, as it gives me the ability to take close-ups and landscapes with minimal fuss, and without having to change lenses.
The 700D is a relatively entry-level camera for those of us new to the world of DSLR. I have found it pretty easy to use, although having the manual experience with my Powershot has definitely helped.
The world of DSLR cameras can be pretty daunting, as there are so many lenses and accessories that can end up over-complicating matters. I ended up taking all three lenses with me during our recent trip to North America, and at times felt overwhelmed with which lens to use at any given moment. I think I used my 55–250mm once, so will probably take that one off the packing list next time.
DSLR cameras are also quite large and heavy if you’re not used to them, so you do need to keep your wits about you, and make sure you don’t knock them into door frames or other people, as I tended to do quite a bit.
But the evidence really does speak for itself. The quality of photos I have managed to take with my DSLR has been really impressive, and it’s an investment I’m glad I made.
As you can see, the photos I have taken with my iPhone are just as good as those taken with my cameras; so you definitely don’t need to go out and spend a bunch of money on a high-tech camera with all the bells and whistles when your trusty mobile phone or point-and-shoot can handle the task.
I’d love to hear your opinions though. Let me know:
What kind of camera do you take on holidays?
Share your favourite holiday snaps on Instagram, and tag me @intransitlife or #intransitlife – I’d love to see them!