Must Have Gear for a Traveling Photographer

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Over the years, I've learned that packing photo and video gear for trips can be tricky. It's essential that I have the right gear when I need it.  Now, I'm not saying this is the end-all-be-all combination, but it works for me. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.


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I've been through my share of photography bags and nothing yet compares to how much gear this bag holds.  It fits everything in the GIF above plus my 15" MacBook Pro, batteries, and all chargers. It's super lightweight and the padding makes it comfortable to travel with. The best part about this bag.....it's only $95 bucks.


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This camera is a beast! I made the switch from Canon this year and haven't looked back. The picture quality is super clean and crisp. It does have some flaws though. The image preview is delayed no matter what speed of SD card I'm using and it's not as rugged as I had hoped. The main pros for me are that it's mirrorless (which makes it lighter and easier to travel with) and the picture quality is hands down amazing. 

My main lenses are a Sony 50mm f/1.8 and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The range of the Tamron makes it an everyday carry for me. My 50mm is great for portraits and low light.


The GoPro Hero5 is such an under-rated piece of equipment in my opinion. I use it for time lapses on volunteer projects, swimming, cliff jumping and on-the-car-dashboard for some dope shots! The GoPro quality is perfect for our needs. Pro Tip: Get this floaty grip if you plan on swimming, jumping off cliffs or doing anything in water. I took an expensive jump in Costa Rica without my floaty and my GoPro sunk to the bottom. RIP.


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The footage and quality you get from the Mavic Pro adds another element to your content. The portability is unreal. It folds up and fits right in my bag with no issues. If you're thinking about purchasing a Mavic, make sure you get the Fly More Combo. You get 2 extra batteries, a car charger and a charging dock.  The charging dock allows you to charge 4 batteries at once. 


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Back Up Yo S#@*.  Not only do Lacie external hard drives look cool, but they also protect your data, which let's face it....is everything. These are made to be dropped, but try not to.


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A tripod isn't essential for all travel photography but it definitely comes in handy. Joby Gorillapod looks like a toy but has unique and highly adjustable legs that can provide a solid base of support on uneven surfaces. You can wrap the GorillaPod around things like posts, fences, or tree branches. Perfect for getting long exposures, timelapses and stabilization on the fly.