Photographers and travel. What do they take?

Q. What do you think would be the first thing a photographer packs when travelling? 

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A. Their camera.

Yes, that is correct. And you would expect they would never forget it. As an extension of their body - it goes everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, guess what I did recently?

 

I love using the Tilt Shift feature in Instagram for adding more interest to an otherwise 'flat' image. 

I love using the Tilt Shift feature in Instagram for adding more interest to an otherwise 'flat' image. 

I forgot my camera. On a trip to Queensland. To the Sunshine Coast. 


I stressed for about two hours or so, trying to figure out what to do. Hubby suggested getting it expressed up (bless him). I briefly thought of hiring. Then I settled on using my iPhone. That's what most people do - isn't it? 

And for the most part, it worked fine. Yes, I haven't looked at the photos enlarged yet - so disappointment hasn't settled - but I feel comfortable. I look at it as great practical training for my Better Pics for Business eCourse research. 

 

Everyone photoraphs the giraffes. I wanted to try something different. These reeds looked all fluffy and cute. 

Everyone photoraphs the giraffes. I wanted to try something different. These reeds looked all fluffy and cute. 

I tried playing with Apps but ended up using the standard camera most of the time. I used the swipe function on the screen for force increasing/decreasing exposure and selecting focus area. I also did a few panoramics. When uploading to Instagram, I used some filters. 

I loved not being burdened by the weight of my DSLR. I loved looking like a normal tourist with a phone camera rather than someone taking a 'proper photo'. 

 

 

 

Street shots were the hardest subject to photograph with my iPhone. I don't like using the zoom and sometimes standing in the middle of the road to get the photo wasn't the best idea. 

Street shots were the hardest subject to photograph with my iPhone. I don't like using the zoom and sometimes standing in the middle of the road to get the photo wasn't the best idea. 

I didn't like that I couldn't do everything I was used to. Some exposures didn't work out. I couldn't work as quick. I don't like the fact that if I have a 'wow' photo, I can't use it for much else than online. I know I'm not going to enjoy looking at the sensor latitude. There will be highlight blowouts or dark and deep shadows. 

My final thoughts - I would like to try a mirrorless. A Fujifilm or similar. Something small but high quality. Something I can add to a carry-on bag with clothing instead of carrying an extra bag. Any personal recommendations?

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