I started taking pictures when I was 13, so this came from experience. I had always enjoyed snapping away at pretty landscapes, funny strangers that wandered around, and something that I felt guilty about, foodie pics that said “THIS IS THE BEST DISH”. However, I tried to avoid them like Ebola.
For someone who absolutely loves taking pictures, the best tip I can give you is to ALWAYS carry a camera. I don’t mean a phone, I mean an entry-level DSLR camera or a decent point and shoot. I rarely encourage people to take pictures with their phones because in a few years, those images will become garbage. The quality just won’t beat a DSLR or a point and shoot. Well, unless you like taking pictures of hot dog legs or the 1,782,234 pigeons that live in the city of Venice.
As a canon shooter, I recommend a Canon Rebel T5I for starters. If you buy at the right time, ahem Black Friday or Boxing Day, you will be able to find good deals and packages. Most of the entry-level DSLR comes as a package with a 18-55mm and/or 55-250mm. Great lens to start with since it is wider and can zoom.
You may be wondering, how do I capture activities like bungee jumping and kayaking? Good question! I recommend a GoPro camera. As the owner of both GoPro 1 and GoPro 3 black edition, I can only say three words, it is amazing! GoPro cameras are small which makes carrying around a lot easier. Quality is great, is waterproof, and durable. I dropped mine a few times and still worked perfectly, like brand new.
Here is what I bring when I travel:
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Spare battery and charger for DSLR
- Lots of memory cards
- Canon 16-40mm
- GoPro 3 black edition
- Spare battery and charger for GoPro
- Wrist string
Fionn is an adventure seeker that is attracted to danger. She is always on a mission to wander around the globe curiously. Whether it will be hiking to the bottom of Grand Canyon, swimming with whale sharks, or finishing the World’s Toughest Mudder, she will always be there with her camera(s) in her hands, a smile on her face and butterflies in her stomach. Oh, and did she forget to mention that she is also a foreign Piña Colada drinker?