We get a lot of questions everyday asking what equipment we use on our travels and what software we use to edit our photos. We’ve been into photography and videography for over 2 years, so we’ve had the chance to try out a few different products, lens setups and backpacks. Our cameras are definitely our most important piece of equipment but there are plenty of other small things that we use to make our life a lot easier. These are the essentials that we use on a daily basis and always take with us.
We’ve only recently just upgraded from both our entry level cameras into one professional DLSR which we currently use for everything. We now use the Canon 5D Mark IV which is a beast at both photography and videography. Gear definitely doesn’t make you a better photographer so if you’re just staring out, there’s no need to get an expensive camera. We’ve been using the cameras listed below for the past 2 years and they’ve been able to get the job done perfectly.
The Nikon D7200 was our primary camera for taking photos. The quality is super clear and it’s one of the best entry level DSLR’s. This was our first camera as it was reasonably affordable and we knew that it was capable of taking great pictures. The Nikon D7200 lacks in video which is why we used another camera when filming.
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Canon EOS 80D
The Canon EOS 80D was our go to camera for filming. Its the perfect entry level DSLR that is affordable and has great quality. If you’re looking for a compact camera for both photography and videography, we definitely recommend getting the Canon EOS 80D. Its touch screen display is super easy to use and navigate. Its also relatively small, making it perfect for bringing along on your travels.
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GoPro Hero 5 Black
For all our action shots and underwater shots, we use the GoPro Hero 5 Black. It’s small enough to always carry around in the backpack because you’ll never know when you need it. We mainly only use the GoPro for our underwater shots.
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Canon 16-35mm F4
The Canon 16-35mm F4 lens is our go to lens for just about everything, including Instagram, blogs and also video. If we were only able to take one lens with us, it would be the 16-35mm. The focal length of 16mm allows us to take wide shots which is perfect when trying to show the whole landscape. You’ll be able to fit a lot more into frame when shooting at such a wide focal length. When we’re not shooting landscapes at a wide focal length, we find that 35mm is the perfect zoom to shoot most of our Instagram photos.
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Canon 50mm F1.8
This prime lens has a fixed focal length but a much wider aperture, allowing more light in. This is perfect for shooting in low light conditions as well as getting a very blurry background. The Canon 50mm F1.8 is very cheap and incredibly small. We always keep this lens in our bag because it barely takes up any space and it comes in handy when shooting in low light conditions.
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Canon 70-200mm F2.8
The Canon 70-200 F2.8 lens is a very situational lens. Its large size makes it harder to travel around with so we only take this lens with us when we know we’ll be needing it. This lens is primarily used to get up close to the action when shooting at a distance. It’s perfect for a safari when you’re trying to capture the animals in the distance from the safety of your vehicle. You can also achieve a unique look when shooting with this lens. The Canon 70-200mm makes the background in the distance appear a lot larger and closer than it really is. If you want the mountains in the distance to look closer or the sun to appear bigger, you would have to stand very far back and shoot the subject at 200mm focal length.
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DJI Mavic Pro
The drone is one of our favourite pieces of equipment as it allows us to get a unique perspective of the area. We’re always excited to send the drone up to get an aerial view. The DJI Mavic Pro folds up, making it super compact and easy to fit into our travel backpack. The quality of this drone is great for both photography and video and its portrait capture mode makes it perfect for taking instagram photos. There have been newer versions recently released by DJI like the Mavic Air and the Mavic 2 Pro so you should be able to find this drone for a reasonable price.
We also purchased the Fly More Combo which included an additional 2 batteries and a charging hub. The charging hub allows us to simultaneously charge all 3 batteries at once. Having multiple batteries has definitely come in handy and has saved us in many situations. We’re able to fly the drone a lot more and if we forget to charge a battery, we always have 2 spares in the bag which are ready to go.
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Lowepro Flipside 400 AW II
The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW II camera backpack has been a life saver for us and we can definitely recommend using it. This is one of the best travel camera bags out there at the moment. It’s able to fit our two cameras, a couple of lenses, a drone with spare batteries and even a 15″ MacBook Pro. We use this bag as our carry on when we travel as it can fit so much. The slots inside the bag are adjustable so you can lay it out to fit whatever setup of gear you’re using. There’s also an inbuilt all weather protection cover that has saved us during rain storms and even the snow!
There are exterior straps for additional storage that we use to clip our tripod or gimbal onto. The Bag also opens from the back so it adds increased security, keeping your gear safe. We have used and abused this bag for the past 1.5 years and it’s still perfectly intact. We can’t recommend this bag enough if you’re looking to travel with a lot of camera gear.
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2015 MacBook Pro 15inch
We both love our MacBooks as they allow us to work from anywhere in the world. They are reliable and easy enough to travel around with. We use the MacBook Pro for all our editing software such as Lightroom and Premiere Pro. The MacBook Pro has a faster processing speed which makes it more efficient when using intensive video editing software. The larger display is also better when editing our photos or videos.
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2017 MacBook Air 13inch
The MacBook Air is very small and lightweight. We mainly use the MacBook Air for general internet usage, blogging and sometimes for editing photos. Having two laptops was a game changer for us. We would always have to take turns sharing one laptop but getting two has allowed us to get a lot more work done.
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Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive
We have about 5 of these hard drives stored with all of our video footage and photos. External hard drives give us a bunch more storage space rather than cramming everything onto our laptops and slowing them down. Hard drives are essential for organising all of our footage and it speeds up work flow as we know where everything is stored. We backup each hard drive onto another spare hard drive so we always have 2 copies of all our work. This just ensures that if a hard drive is corrupted, we haven’t lost all of our files.
We know plenty of people that have lost everything due to hard drives getting corrupt. We definitely recommend backing everything up onto an additional external hard drive to keep yourself safe.
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SanDisk Extreme SD Card 64GB
We have two SanDisk SD cards which are perfect for when we shoot. Our main one is 64GB and the spare is 32GB incase we ever need extra. 64GB is plenty and it should last a few days of shooting.
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Battery Grip for the Canon 5D Mark IV
We’ve always been a huge fan of battery grips and you can get them for just about any DSLR. The Canon Battery Grip allows two batteries to be fitted which essentially doubles the battery life. It features a variety of operating controls which are ideal for shooting vertical, making it perfect for taking Instagram photos. We shoot a lot of photos and video, so having the extra battery life is essential for us.
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Rode VideoMic Microphone
The Rode VideoMic is an external microphone that can be used with video cameras and DSLR’s. We use it for when we speak in our videos as it reduces surrounding sounds and makes the audio more crisp/clear.
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Steadicam Camera Stabiliser
When we are filming for projects our personal videos, we always use a Steadicam to get smooth and stable footage. It’s durable and not electronic so we don’t have to worry about it dying or charging it.
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Software that we use
Skillshare is an online learning platform that has tons of helpful videos where you can learn everything about photography, videography and editing. The videos are done by experts in the industry and they give you plenty of helpful insights and tips. We used Skillshare when we first started photography, and we still do to learn as much as we can. It’s a great website for anyone looking to start photography or to improve. It’s a subscription based platform so if you’re interested in checking out, you can use the link here and get 2 months free.
Adobe Lightroom CC & Photoshop
We have the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription which includes all of the adobe programs. Lightroom is one of the best photo editing softwares. We use Lightroom and our own custom presets to edit all our photos for Instagram and the blog. Adobe Photoshop is used for when we need to clean up a photo by removing people or objects.
Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects
We use Adobe Premiere Pro for all our video work, both for personal projects and professional work for businesses. We rarely use After Effects as it more for visual effects and motion graphics.