If we wait for the perfect moment, for that lightbulb spark in our head then we will never follow our dreams. Photography has allowed me to indulge in my passion and push boundaries within myself both physically and mentally.
When I started, I felt I needed all the gadgets to achieve, when actually what is more important than all the gear, is a story to tell, your story.
Gear, or lack thereof, is a common excuse people use, to not pursue photography as a passion. I think there’s this idea that if you don’t have the perfect camera, the newest, the best, then you’re not ready to be a photographer.
Equipment is always improving, always evolving. Half of them I don’t regularly use now. There are there to bring my ideas to life.
So don’t worry if some of this gear is not in your budget. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last couple of years since I quit my job, it’s that you don’t need a ton of lenses, or an expensive camera to be a good photographer.
All you really need is a vision, the drive to make it a reality, and practise. For six months before I started, I would spend my evening watching youtube tutorials. How to edit, how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, what is the aperture. Practise makes perfect, and I am nowhere near there yet, I am always learning and keen to experiment.
That being said, here’s what’s in my camera bag!
This was my first camera the Nikon D7200 I spent a while researching different models and this model to have great reviews. After purchasing the body and buying the lens to go with I found the weight to be an issue while doing treks and expeditions. However, it takes great pictures and has some great features to go with it.
Great for: Professional Photographers and Serious Hobbyists
A lightweight alternative that doesn’t produces stunning results. This is a great adventure camera, the Sony Alpha A6300 is my go-to on all endurance expeditions and travel. While the features are not as good as the Nikon it makes up for it in complete conveniences and weight.
Great for: Travel, hiking, backpacking and Ski Touring. For anyone looking for a compact interchangeable lens body.
The GoPro Hero5 Black is a great camera to have in your backpack just in case you find yourself in a situation where you want to shoot a quick video or picture. Action cameras are super small, so it’s easy to just throw one in your bag and go.
Great for: Action photography and videography.
Having a drone is a great way to find new perspectives and add range to your photography. I like the DJI Mavic Pro because it is relatively lightweight, and folds up into a manageable size that can easily fit into my camera bag along with the rest of my gear.
That being said, drones are regulated in a lot of places over the world, and owning one requires research and responsibility wherever you travel. As a result, I had mine taken off me in Uzbekistan getting through customs. 🙁
Great for: Action Videography, Hard to reach places and ariel photography
A great all-round lens. Nikon 24-120/4 is quite sharp. It’s a bit softer on the sides and corners at f/4, but so what. For travelling around and be able to take a quick sharp picture this lens is great.
Great for: All in one lens and travelling
Similar to the Nikkor above this again is a great all-round lens especially for travelling. It is able to adapt to different conditions and perspectives.
Great for: All in one lens and travelling
The Tamron 10-24 Lens when you want to get a wide landscape or you are in a confined space and want to capture the bigger picture.
Great for: Landscape Photography and Indoor Photography
The Nikkor 35mm 1.8 Lens is a great lens to have in your bag for those crisp portrait photos.
Great for: Portrait Photography
I edit everything on here from Videos on Premiere Pro, Photos in Lightroom and Documents for Brands in Indesign. It is a great platform to excel your creative juices and has everything.
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro
This Rode Mic is great when I am Vlogging to get great sound effects or clear speech when trying to tell my stories.
Great for: Vlogging and sound effects
The Zhiyun Crane Plus is great for shooting stabilized footage when in difficult terrain ie in a car. It makes videos look smooth and very easy to use.
Great for: Videography
The Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod is difficult to take out when trekking but the truth is I use it for self-portraits on my adventures. It means I can construct the shot I want and don’t have to rely on someone else to take it.
Great for: Self Portraits and Night Photography
This YuHan Oxford Large Capacity Multi-function Waterproof Anti-shock SLR/ DSLR Gadget Camera Bag is versatile and good as a hiking bag. It is also comfortable. It can fit a lot of camera equipment in.
Great for: The active photographer that needs a backpack that can work as hard as they do
For more on essential items check out: https://www.johnhorsfall.org/2019/08/bike-touring/
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