If the purchase of a first camera is definitely the most exciting step for beginner photographer, the question of camera gear will come soon. For travel photography, we think lightweight, ease of use, resistance of the camera gear and budget. Here are some essentials for camera gear – to improve your travel photography.
What camera gear for beginner photographer on travel
Camera gear number 1: the lenses
Lenses are of course the most important camera gear to get besides a camera. How to buy lenses – what to consider? Here are some basic photography tips.
Which lenses are compatible? This particularly matters for mirrorless cameras. This kind of camera has often a limited lens compatibility.
Lenses cost… and weight. That’s why 1 to 2 lenses are enough at first. The camera kits often come with wide range lenses – 16-50mm. It’s a big advantage for a beginner photographer because it’s flexible and cheap. Feel like a landscape photographer in the morning. Go for a portrait shooting in the evening. That’s perfectly possible with a 16-50mm lens!
Basic photography tips – Which lenses for which purpose?
- The classic 16-50mm lens – often sold as lens kit along with the camera. For landscape to portrait photography. Even if it has its limitations, it’s a good start to learn photography.
- The wide range lens 24-100mm. More powerful zoom for portrait and macro photography.
- The 16-35mm is for those who love landscape photography – classic wide-angle lens.
- The 50 or 35mm (f/1.4), the 70-200mm (f/2.8) – camera gear for portrait photographers.
- The 85mm, 105mm or 200mm – for macro photography
Why a tripod for your camera gear?
At low light, at night, for portrait or landscape photography, the tripod allows you to use lower shutter speed. Which means crisp photos and full use of the camera potential. Plus, you can get a tripod at a quite low cost and they are lightweight.
Photo editing tips – laptop and software
As beginner photographer, you now know the basics of photography. First step checked!
But something is still missing in your camera gear. Let’s talk about editing photography and photo editing software.
Camera gear – zoom on the software.
How to choose a photo editing software?
- Consider the budget – open source tools for free vs. licensed photo editor
- Find a photo software which matches your needs. Open source software for light editing photography licensed software for more professional work
- Look for deals on marketplaces (ebay, amazon)
Travel photography tips for beginner photographer – selection of software
Advanced beginner photographer and more complex editing photography software:
Camera gear and photo editing – travel laptop for beginner photographer
If you choose a licensed software, read this part.
A heavy editing photo software needs a quite powerful laptop. Problem: our travel laptop should be light, small and not too expensive – no need to spend a fortune on technical gear you will carry in the backpack or expose at potential robbers.
How to choose a laptop for photo editing?
- Check these specifications: min. 2 Ghz, Intel i5 or i7 processor, min. 8 GB RAM, 12 inch screen, 250GB SSD storage, graphic card with 2GB vram min., OS (Windows 7 Service pack to Windows 10, macOS 10.11 to 10.13).
- Look for laptop models from the past few years (5 years backwards max.)
- Check the weight of the laptops. More than 1.5 kg is already heavy on travel.
- Compare laptop prices on marketplaces (ebay, amazon, cash converter).
- Make a nice compromise between power, portability and budget.
Which laptop is best for photo editing?
- Apple Macbook > Macbook Air from 2015 on, 12 inch Macbook Pro. Adapted to Photoshop / lightweight laptop.
- HP > Elite book 820, HP Spectre x360. Portability, good performance and budget laptop.
- Asus Zenbook serie (the latest: ASUS ZenBook UX330UA). Performance and portability.
- Dell > Dell Inspiron, Dell XPS 13. Tiny and fast.
- Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 260
Camera gear and storage
Photos will become soon space consuming travel mates. Where to stock them is an essential question in travel photography – tips for the beginner photographer.