There is a common myth that to take good travel photos and videos you need lots of expensive gear. By showing you examples of shots I have taken myself, and talking you through this beginners gear guide, this video and post will disprove that.
This is my main camera, and it does pretty much everything, from wide panoramic shots of landscapes, to close ups of food or people’s faces. I actually bought this before I began making videos, as it’s considered one of the best DSLRs for beginners, and it’s pretty easy to use. You can also change the lens, so it’s a pretty good camera to start with, then when you feel ready to step up your game you can just get another lens, such as a brighter one, or a more powerful zoom, instead of buying a whole new camera!
If you’re planning on making videos, you will need another battery, you don’t want to be out filming and then your camera dies half way through the day!
You will need also a memory card, I recommend you get a relatively big one, I have a 64GB memory card, since similarly to the having an extra battery, you don’t want to be out and about and run out of filming space.
I use this as my action camera, and take it pretty much everywhere I don’t want to risk getting my Nikon wet or broken. You can take all kind of shots with a GoPro, I’ve used mine for example on sailing boats, kayaks, or when swimming. It comes with a bunch of basic screws and sticky bases that you can use to begin with. There are so many different GoPro accessories it really depends on what you want to use it for, the main ones I have found useful are:
If you’re planning on using your GoPro in water, this is essential. It will ensure that when you drop it, or it detaches itself from wherever it is you have attached it (because it will happen) it doesn’t sink to the bottom of the ocean and you lose it forever. It’s nice and bright and orange too so it’ll be easy to find.
If you want to take shots with yourself in it at anything other than arms length, you will need this.
If you want to get good underwater shots, especially when diving in tropical waters, you need this. I didn’t know this before and this is what my last shots from scuba diving look like. It’s all blue. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet as I only just got it in preparation for my trip to Bali in May, so stay tuned to see how cool those shots will turn out!
You will need to get a memory card for your GoPro, this is different from your DSLR card as it’s a tiny one. Again, you want to get a big one, 64GB or more, especially if you’re going to attach your GoPro somewhere and have it film a whole event or can’t retrieve it for a while. (eg. When I used it sailing I couldn’t stop to pause until we eventually went back to shore, a good hour and a half later!)
If like myself, you have a laptop with limited battery, you will need an external sharedrive. This is also useful for backing up your data, you wouldn’t want to lose it after you spent so much time filming it!
I didn’t get this for quite a while because I didn’t think I needed to, every time I filmed myself filming the audio turned out fine anyway. Until I tried filming myself speaking outdoors on a windy day. Needless to say you couldn’t hear much, so I invested in a proper microphone and a dead cat (I’m not making this up, that’s actually what they call it!) to protect it from the wind.
This is another piece of gear which I didn’t get till recently, since I filmed most things with my DSLR, and when I felt like I needed to do a vlog selfie type video I just used my phone. However if you can invest in one it’s probably better, as the video quality is better than your phone, and it’s easier to carry around and film with than a DSLR if you’re doing active activities, such as cycling.
Another recent addition to my gear collection! I should have probably bought this much earlier on, as it allows you to take many more and better quality shots. It’s got a convenient handle so you can spin it around and ensure your panorama shots are smooth, without the bumps you get by doing it by hand. Also, if you want to take photos that require a long exposure or shutter speed you can’t do it by hand, you’ll need a tripod. You know which ones I mean, the cool ones of cities at night with moving lights, or any shot of the night sky if you want to capture the stars. It’s also perfect for travellers since it’s very light and will easily fit in a backpack.
The latest addition to my gear collection! I have been wanting a drone in forever, and when DJI released the Spark just a few weeks before my birthday, I knew what my present to myself was going to be. The DJI Spark is a great consumer drone, it’s small and light, perfect for me to carry around during my travels, and really simple to manoeuvre. You can check out a video I made with it here, featuring lots of flying over water! Extra batteries are an essential for a drone. The battery for the Spark lasts only around 15 minutes, if you’re going to be out and about all day, having an extra one is pretty much essential! I bought the Fly More Combo, which includes a spare battery, the remote, and a couple other extras. It works out cheaper than buying the drone, a spare battery, and the remote separately, so definitely worth the value for money.
This is all the gear I personally use for my photos and videos, and it’s a great place to start if you want to start making travel videos too. I hope I managed to disprove the myths that you need lots of expensive gear to do so, and I hope you found this useful.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of these products, I have added a link to where you can get them on Amazon. You’re probably thinking that, and yes the links here are affiliate links, and if you purchase any of these products through my link I will get paid commission. I’m not promoting them for the commission, I’m promoting them because it’s the gear that I personally use, and I believe it’s the best for beginners. Purchasing your next camera from this page is one of the best ways to help me support travels and blog, so that I can keep creating good content for you to read. Also, if you want to see the gear in action don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube for more videos!
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