Photo Tour Checklist: What Equipment to Bring

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Nothing will inspire you to look at nature and culture with fresh eyes more than a Travel Vision Journeys photo tour. Our expertly crafted and educational photography workshop vacations are educational (and delicious) immersions into the landscape, culture, and natural history of the regions we visit.

Now that you’ve decided to join us for an active learning adventure, it’s time to make sure you pack the right camera(s) and equipment to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the most beautiful spots in the world. To help you get your most amazing shots on your trip, here’s what we recommend you bring along.

PURCHASING VS. RENTING

We like—and Lauren Hefferon uses exclusively—the Panasonic LUMIX line, which is half the price and weight of a full-frame DSLR, making these beauties perfect for travel. If you know what you like, we recommend HUNTS Camera photo/video, the best and most knowledgeable and reliable online source for all your camera needs. Want to try out equipment before you buy? You can also rent cameras, lenses and other equipment from www.lensrental.com.

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SUGGESTED LIST OF CAMERA EQUIPMENT

  • Camera bag: the Think Tank Airport line is great for traveling. Here is one that can hold your laptop, camera and all that you need and more: TAMRAC ANVIL SLIM. Or invest in a smaller bag, like the Lowepro Slingshot.
  • One or two camera bodies (it’s best to have a back up just in case)
  • Polarizing filter for each lens to get the best blues in your sky
  • Inside pockets: 16 GB memory cards (2), lens brush, cleaning cloth, camera manual, sunglasses, other glasses, sharpie marker, leatherman tool (carried in checked bag until destination), extra camera battery, charger, adapter for country destination, flashlight, water bottle, zip-lock bags, extra luggage tag
  • External hard drive
  • Computer and charger
  • Travel tripod (optional)
  • Flash card reader

SUGGESTED LENSES FOR A RANGE OF FOCAL LENGTHS

  • Super-wide zoom 7-14, 10-20  mm APS-C or 14-24 mm full frame (Landscape)
  • Standard zoom 12-60 or 17-55 mm  APS-C or 24-70 mm full frame (Landscape/Portrait)
  • Telephoto zoom 45-200 or  80 – 200 mm (Landscape/Portrait)
  • Super telephoto zoom 150 – 500 mm (Wildlife)

Of course, these are just our suggestions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices, just be ready to see and snap, and bring a good quality, compact camera on your photo tour.

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