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An entire journey images gear information


We’re typically requested in regards to the gear we tackle our travels. In response, we’ve written an in depth and full journey images gear information

I’ve been concerned in movie or images all through the course of my profession: initially as a digicam operator, video editor and AV engineer, later as a instructor in digital media, and now as a journey author.

I’ve revealed images in a variety of magazines, newspapers, books and web sites together with BBC Journey, Lonely Planet, The Telegraph and The Impartial amongst others. I even supplied the images for a recipe ebook as soon as.

I’ve additionally offered inventory photos for a number of years on Shutterstock and iStock by Getty Pictures, and my images performs a outstanding position all through our journey weblog and social channels, notably Instagram.

I proceed to be taught and enhance my work and count on to take action indefinitely. I’ve discovered most by watching and studying about how different photographers work – skilled or beginner. The extra I’ve discovered, the extra I’ve refined the gear I take advantage of.

A photograph of a gentoo penguin in AntarcticaA photograph of a gentoo penguin in Antarctica
One in every of my favorite photographs from Antarctica

As with many issues, it typically comes down to private desire; what works for one individual could not swimsuit the subsequent, nevertheless it all the time helps to see what friends are utilizing. As such, I’ve put collectively a whole journey images gear information to share the main points of what I take advantage of.

Journey images gear information

There’s nonetheless quite a lot of gear I’d love so as to add, however images is an costly pursuit so I take advantage of what I can afford and look ahead to the day when my price range can stretch to accommodate my subsequent toy!

Digital camera physique

Fujifilm X-T30

I lately made the leap from my longstanding affiliation with Nikon SLRs to a significantly lighter Fujifilm mirrorless digicam. Referred to as the “Little Large”, X-T30 is ridiculously mild and compact, but stays well-built and sturdy. It has a 26MP sensor, tilting touchscreen LCD, very good digital viewfinder (EVF) and direct controls that make it simple to function.

Close up of Fujifilm X-T30 showing its dials and kit lensClose up of Fujifilm X-T30 showing its dials and kit lens
Fujifilm The Fujifilm X-T30 and equipment lens

Once you’re spending this form of cash there’s not an excessive amount of distinction in high quality among the many principal manufacturers. What’s essential is what feels best for you. You need to have the ability to alter your digicam, entry presets and swap lenses with out considering an excessive amount of about it and fumbling to drive them residence. For me, I discover the Fujifilm interface notably fluid, however everyone seems to be completely different.

Fujifilm X-T4

I typically hire an additional digicam physique for particular journeys similar to safaris or wildlife watching like our current voyage to Antarctica, the place I employed a Fujifilm X-T4. Merely put, the Fujifilm X-T4 is probably the most pleasing digicam I’ve ever used and it produced the most effective wildlife photographs I’ve ever taken.

Side shot of the Fujifilm X-T4 and kit lensSide shot of the Fujifilm X-T4 and kit lens
Natallia Boroda/Shutterstock The Fujifilm X-T4

In contrast to the X-T30, it comes with devoted single-purpose dials for controlling the shutter velocity, ISO, publicity compensation and advance and nonetheless/motion pictures modes. The 26MP sensor produces excellent picture high quality and the 4K video advantages from the in-body picture stabilisation. We had been notably delighted with the penguin footage we captured on the X-T4.

Lenses

I’ve used the next three lenses and by no means discover myself wanting.

Fujinon XC15-45mm

That is Fujifilm’s smallest and lightest interchangeable zoom X-Sequence lens. The equipment lens is extremely mild and compact and has a most aperture of F2.8. It really works beautifully in low mild and is extremely versatile. It covers all of the often used focal lengths from 23mm to 69mm (in 35mm format equal) and has the flexibility to shoot close-up objects simply 5cm from the lens tip.

Atlas & Boots
Peter on location in Antarctica with the X-T4 and telephoto lens

Fujinon XC50-230mm

Fujifilm’s dynamic mid-range zoom lens is a particularly versatile piece of equipment that covers most conditions, from moderately vast panorama photographs to long-distance wildlife images. The lens is light-weight, quick and delivers constant efficiency.

Fujinon XF 100-400mm telephoto lens

I rent this high-performance super-telephoto zoom lens for our wildlife watching journeys. The 5.0-stop picture stabilisation system is outstanding when used for handheld capturing (which is nice as a result of I’m notoriously lazy with regards to tripods) and the lightning-fast motor autofocuses shortly and reliably which is right for capturing fast-moving topics. Lastly, it’s water and mud resistant and may operate in temperatures as little as -10°C making it sensible for outside and journey images.

Peter on a zodiac boat with his travel photography gear around his neckPeter on a zodiac boat with his travel photography gear around his neck
Atlas & Boots Carrying two cameras in Antarctica

Filters

It didn’t take me lengthy to be taught {that a} panorama photographer primarily wants a glass polarizing filter to assist cut back reflections from water and glass and to render blue skies darker and clouds higher outlined.

I even have a Tiffen impartial density (ND) filter equipment. ND filters are basically grey-toned filters designed to soak up mild because it passes by way of the lens, permitting you to shoot at wider f-stops in brighter situations.

Motion digicam

GoPro Hero7 
GoPro is the trade customary with regards to motion cameras and it’s straightforward to see why. They’re robust, dependable and include a wealth of equipment and mounts. The video stabilisation is excellent and the voice instructions are notably helpful. We’ve used our GoPros in a variety of places, from freezing situations within the Polar Areas to diving and snorkelling journeys within the Nice Barrier Reef and Galápagos Islands. It by no means lets us down.

Captured on our GoPro Hero7 

Tripod

Slik Dash Professional II
I spent years looking for the trade-off between a suitably massive and durable collapsible tripod that was additionally light-weight and sufficiently small to suit into backpacks and be carried world wide. In 2015, Kia purchased me the Slik Dash Professional for my birthday and since then I’ve beloved her simply that little bit extra!

I even have one thing just like this versatile Gorillapod for our GoPro.

Bag

F-stop Mountain Sequence

I’ve used different backpack-style digicam luggage previously, however was both unable to suit all the things in or discovered it tough to entry my gear as shortly as I wanted. I really like the compartmentalised F-stop backpacks as they’re spacious, sturdy, protected and safe, whereas your complete system is geared in direction of the journey photographer.

The new F-stop Ajna 37L The new F-stop Ajna 37L
F-stop The brand new F-stop Ajna 37L

After years of utilizing their trusty Kenti, I’ve lately upgraded to the brand new Mountain Sequence backpacks. I’ve the Lotus 32L for day hikes in addition to the Ajna 37L for prolonged multi-day journeys.

I’ve lately upgraded to F-Cease’s new Mountain Sequence

Their newest backpacks characteristic a snug aluminium body, full-length facet zipper pockets, a modular interchangeable system and a water-proof cowl. There’s additionally plenty of handy storage similar to mesh facet pockets, high lid and again panel.

SD + microSD playing cards

Transcend 512GB SD / 128GB microSD
I used to take a quite nonchalant strategy to SD playing cards. For years, I used to purchase the most cost effective and largest-capacity reminiscence playing cards accessible and again them up manually. Nevertheless, because the years glided by and I began capturing within the 1000’s (and tens of 1000’s) throughout a number of cameras, I wanted a extra thorough and dependable system.

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Transcend I take advantage of Transcend SD and microSD playing cards

I’ve now invested in some high-quality, high-capacity Transcend SD playing cards to make sure I by no means lose {a photograph} once more. Transcend’s SD and micro SD playing cards are examined to face up to excessive situations. They’re temperature resistant, waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof and static proof – preferrred for an outside journey blogger.

In addition to sturdiness, with as much as 512Gb storage capability, the reminiscence playing cards enable for 1000’s of RAW images and hours of HD video to be recorded. With these upgraded playing cards, there isn’t any want for me to delete images from the cardboard till I’m again at residence.

Storage + Backup

Transcend Storejet 4TB
I’m a slipshod man (Kia has nicknamed me “Bumble”) and have a knack for breaking costly digital devices, so a transportable exterior onerous drive that has a “three-stage shock safety system that meets US navy drop-test requirements” goes to be Peter-proof too! Moreover, the onerous drive is small, compact, light-weight and comes with built-in power-saving – all preferrred for outside and journey journey.

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Transcend On the street I take advantage of a light-weight however sturdy 4TB Transcend StoreJet

Inventory images

We additionally use a variety of inventory images throughout our web site. Shutterstock has over 247 million royalty-free photos and presents month-to-month packages to swimsuit all budgets. We use Shutterstock to promote Peter’s inventory images in addition to to supply different imagery we might have on the weblog. The Shutterstock Editor is especially helpful for creating customized net banners and bespoke social media posts.

software program

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe stays the trade customary for superior picture enhancing. I pay for the Adobe Images Plan which comes with Lightroom, Lightroom Basic, Photoshop and 20GB of cloud storage. Obtain Photoshop from the Adobe web site.

Adobe Lightroom
That is one other glorious piece of picture cataloguing software program from Adobe that comes with loads of highly effective results and enhancing instruments. I take advantage of it religiously. Obtain Lightroom from the Adobe web site.

Apple Pictures
A straightforward-to-use on a regular basis picture library which works nicely along with your different Apple gadgets. Improved enhancing instruments have made it extra versatile, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a way behind Lightroom. The Apple Pictures app comes pre-installed on all Apple gadgets.

{Hardware}

MacBook Professional 13‑inch laptop computer – I’m a Mac man, all the time have been, all the time will probably be.


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