Many travelers set out on their adventure hoping to share their experience with family and friends. Others want to share more broadly with the world. A few smart ones don’t care much about Instawhatever and barely remember to charge their phone.
Whichever bucket you fall in to, it all starts with equipment so I will stick top what I used in this write-up. I will post an “Adventure Photography 201” article soon enough to dive a little deeper into basic photography techniques and basic digital editing on the road.
If there is one rule in photography it is this: the best camera is the one you have in your hand. You can bring along a point-and-click, a camera phone, or an expensive DSLR, but it you have them locked in you bags they are all equally useless. I struggled mightily on what type of photography equipment to bring on my 2-year road trip. On the one extreme, you can just bring that camera phone. You will likely carry a phone anyway, and if you invest in a current model the camera sensor and processing software is 95% of what you need. Just remember to back up your data and you are good to go. I had a personal desire to treat photography as more that a flip of the phone hobby, so I invested in a Sony A7R II M2 Digital Full Frame Mirrorless Camera, which these days runs a little under $2,000 USD. So, that approach would probably be considered the opposite extreme. There are a lot of implications to that which I will break down a little later. But my end message should be that if you really apply yourself, just about any camera on the spectrum will capture wonderful details from your adventure.
I get that some people like to see what is in someone’s equipment bag so here is mine (missing just iPhone, laptop and power adapter/universal plugs). Some of these items I used frequently on my trip, some infrequently. Underneath is a little breakdown.
Other items I kind of wish I had: