Travel Tips From a Professional Photographer

Every photographer is different in their approach. All the information in this article is written from my personal experience. To date, I’ve visited over 30 countries around the world, always with a camera in hand. I’ve lost passports, damaged gear and been left stranded in remote locations. In other words, I’ve learned the hard way about the shortfalls of living life on the go while doing what I love. But I’ve also made amazing connections, had my work published and had experiences that will stay with me forever. I love to travel as much as possible and this is how I approach it.

Coolest part of this article…the website she uses to find and book cheap flights!

The Guide to Travel Photography for the Non-Gear Head

Best Workhorse Vlogging Lens

This lens does it all for me…

This is an easy one for me. The Cannon 10-18mm lens is what is on my camera about 90% of the time I am using it.

Partly because (for photos) I’ve always been drawn to that wide angle lens look, but (for video) when it comes to vlogging it checks so many boxes.

I do wish that it was a prime lens (ie. a fixed f2.8) but that just makes me work for that good lighting.

If you are considering an “intro” vlogging lens and don’t want to spend a butt load of money…this is the way to go.

Capturing a Memory: A Day at Home

I was surprised at how much I liked this…

I got this “Day at Home” idea from Cody Wanner when he did his own home/first person POV video.

When I tried the whole concept, I just went with a GoPro and was not really pleased with the initial footage. The quality was grainy, shots were kind of wobbly, the colors weren’t my normal quality…the list goes on.

But when I decided “I’m going to capture this memory!” and just threw the footage in the final cut pro x, found a wistful song that I liked, and started editing…it was like magic. After about 5-10 minutes of editing I already knew that this was going to be one of my favorite videos I’ve made to date.

Even if it doesn’t get any views on YouTube…I am SO HAPPY I made this video.

The nostalgia I already feel when I rewatch this is powerful and I know that nostalgia will only grow in the years to come.

I can’t encourage you enough to try and really capture memories of your family. Memory is a fickle thing and little treasures like this are worth the effort.

Fujifilm X-100: The BEST Point and Shoot Camera on the Market

The perfect blend of old school styling and the newest technology…all in one unassuming package.

I bought the X-100F back when I first was downsizing my camera gear and wanted one super high-quality camera for my then budding family. There is a newer model now…the X-100V, that steps up the video shooting game of this amazing camera.

I sold my X-100 about 18 months ago and I really regret it.

When it comes to portrait shooting I think it is unbeatable for the colors it gives you and the slight softening of skin tones while keeping the crisp details that make your subjects pop.

Honestly, if I can ever convince my wife to let me buy this camera again I will.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Best Camera Bag: Lowepro ProTactic 450

Such a fan of this backpack…

I bought this backpack after reading a million reviews, watching way too many YouTube videos, and even buying and returning a few.

And it was WORTH IT.

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Not only does it work well as a camera bag, but the versatility really shines through when you travel with it. I normally only recommend things that I own…and I am so happy to own this.

Giving Away Free How-To Photography Booklet to Families and Colleg Students

Seeing these kinds of Good Samaritan actions warms my heart…

Jared Polin is a photographer I follow on YouTube. He is giving away (for free) a photography booklet to (first) those whose kids’ schools closed for a few weeks and (second) college students whose college closed.

Please share with anyone you think might be interested. (he’s a really good photographer)

Level up Your DSLR

Photography is fun…

I love my Canon 80D. You can get them for a great deal right now.

For vlogging the autofocus is practically flawless and the flip out screen makes so many things easy. But I would love to get my hands on the Canon 90D…it’s basically the 80D…but WAY better.

Breaking the Seal on Vlogging Cameras

Broke away from my old camera not meant for video, to a legend in the vlogging world…

This is when I broke the seal on vlogging cameras and bought my Canon 80d. It’s a fantastic camera for the non-pro type like myself and I can see why it’s considered a legendary vlog camera. So solid.