I totally geek out when it comes to photography and camera gear. If I had to only take one thing on my travels (besides the necessities like your passport of course) it would be my camera(s), easy! I have travelled around the world with tourism boards to capture and promote different travel destinations through photography. This alone excites me because it combines two of my favourite things in life – travel and taking photos. One frequently asked question that seems to be evident is ‘What camera do you use?’ Followed shortly after with what are some photography tips – for travel and instagram photos.
I think it’s super important to know what kind of style you want to hone in your photography. Whether you’re all about dreamy film, an eerily nostalgic mood, or bright clean and crisp images – identify your photography style and own it. The style I’ve chosen for The Love Assembly brand has been all about the latter: bright, clean, fresh and a little cheeky. With the aim to make you feel good, warm vibes and a sense of free spirit fun. My style of travel photography that I like to showcase is all about creating a moment. A moment that’s real, expressing a feeling, slightly candid elements in its purest form.
If you dig deeper and really think about the concept of photography, it’s unreal – kind of crazy, really. The thought that we can make time stand still – even if it’s just for a moment – still blows my mind.
I have a few cameras that are always first to be packed when I travel. Here’s a quick look:
I previously had the Canon 5D Mark II for a few years but once my travels started picking up with the blog it became more of a hassle for my petite self to lug it around on my own (especially because most of the time I like to travel light with carry-on only). I needed a lightweight body but didn’t want to sacrifice quality, so when the Canon 6D was released and I researched more into it it only made sense as all my needs (a total of two) were ticked. It was described as the best travel camera going round because of its lightweight body and full-frame image quality. I switch between two lenses: a 40mm pancake and 24-105mm lens.
Panasonic Lumix GX8
I was on the hunt for a smaller body (without compromising image quality) and a flip screen when Panasonic approached me to test run the new Lumix GX8 and be a part of the travel launch in Sydney. The stars seemed to align and I flew up from Melbourne to meet with many other talented photographers and content creators. I use this mainly for video with a 12-35mm lens – with 20.3 megapixels and 4K Video image and film turn out incredible. You can read all my favourite features about the Lumix GX8 here. It’s the camera that makes taking photos of yourself on solo travels so much easier.
Fujfilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
I’ve always loved instant cameras – ever since I was in primary school (which was many many moons ago!) snapping away on my i-Zone Polaroid that came out as little stickers. Who else had one of these? We’re so caught up in the digital world these days that I find it refreshing and fun to take a step back and shoot on film. Those few seconds not knowing how the photo will turn out are always exciting and they serve well in tangible form. I was sold on upgrading to this Mini 90 Neo classic after finding out that it had a double exposure setting. Plus the retro black/tan and silver style looks pretty rad.
Apple iPhone 6
When I’m use my iPhone 6 for photography, I edit images with my two favourite photography apps: Afterlight and VSCO cam. I hook on a wide-angle for landscapes because I feel that the perspective is very narrow and I like to change my case for a new look every now and then. I take you through everything that’s on my iPhone 6 and also show you how I edit my instagram photos on The Love Assembly Youtube channel. So go on over and have a watch if you’re curious, and don’t forget to show me a little love and subscribe!
So there you have it, those are my current cameras that I use for my photography and take with me when I travel. I’d love to geek out on your camera gear and hear any photography tips that you would like to share – please leave a comment below!
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