Camera Essentials: 4 Pieces of Gear to Make Photography More Fun
One of the best things about travelling is making memories that last, whether that means storing them only with your mind, or capturing them from behind the lens. While it’s nice to think that memories last forever, and perhaps the most meaningful ones will remain vivid until the day we die, there is an argument to be made for capturing the present with photography.
It’s important to have a balance. Remember, there are times when it’s necessary to leave the camera behind so you’re able to use your mind to capture a moment in time. However, actual photographs from your trip are an amazing keepsake, something you can show your family and friends and hopefully keep forever. And today, at more than any other point in time, we have a plethora of photography gear at our disposal, which allows us to take photos from the sky, to take photos of underwater life, and to capture an image that’s much farther than the eyes can see. Two things are for sure, photography is addictive and fun. Try out some of the camera equipment listed below and spice up your photos.
Go Pro Hero 6
The Go Pro is by far one of the most versatile and easiest pieces of camera equipment to use. Despite its small size, the Hero 6 is extremely durable and takes high-quality video and photos. One of the best things about it is that it doesn’t take up a lot of room or get in the way, and you don’t have to read a hundred-page instruction manual to use it. The Hero 6 shoots amazingly clear 4K video, has voice control, a touch screen, takes 12MP photos, and is waterproof in up to 33ft of water. However, the Go Pro does often require underwater housing, as many divers are in between 40-60 feet or much deeper. Also consider using a Red Filter when taking underwater footage. Colours are lost when cameras make the decent into the ocean, and a Red Filter helps balance the colours and bring them back to life.
It’s a great piece of gear for divers, as it allows you to show what moves below the surface, and you can then show that to those who never experience it firsthand. It’s also great for any adrenaline-pumping activities, in order to capture the true essence of some sports. For all that it does, the Hero 6 is reasonably priced. But, if it’s still too costly for you, consider getting one of the older versions of the Go Pro, which are also a great bang for your buck.
DJI Phantom 4 Drone
With the birth of drones, aerial photography has become a heck a lot easier, and much more common. You no longer have to hang out of planes to get amazing shots of landscapes that unfold into the horizon. If you’re not fond of flying, jumping out of planes, or wearing a wing-suit, this is the closest to a bird’s eye view you’ll ever see. And the photos and video taken by high-quality drones are often jaw-droppingly amazing.
The Phantom 4 is one of the best on the market. It can fly for 30 minutes at a time, take 20MP photos and 4K video, and has a max transmission distance of 4.3 miles. Like a missile, the Phantom has an intelligent flight app that allows users to draw the itinerary on a screen and then the Phantom will follow the route at a locked altitude.
Underwater Camera Housing
Now you can bring your camera to the beach and into the water without compromising thousands of dollars. Though you can bring Go Pros into the water, you may have your own professional camera you’d like to take beneath the surface, and underwater camera housings allow you to do just that, giving you the ability to capture amazing scenes in the sea.
The Sea Frog is a camera house for Sony cameras, which allows users to capture crystal-clear photos to depths up to 60 meters. Camera domes are a different kind of underwater camera housing, generally used for Go Pros. They allow for photos of above and below the waterline at the same time, offering a glimpse into two different worlds simultaneously.
Instant Film Cameras
Everyone inside or outside of the photography world has heard of Polaroid, which is the brand most commonly associated with instant cameras. Polaroids died off quite a few years ago but have since entered back into the photography world in full swing. Despite up-and-coming technology creating the best cameras money can buy, capable of capturing the highest-quality images ever created, there’s still something magical about grainy low-quality instant photos.
It’s a great feeling watching an instant photo come to life in front of your eyes; to instantly be able to see your art. Instant film cameras are great for travelling: you can capture all the friendly faces you see, you can hold onto physical photos as a keepsake, you can use the photos as mini postcards, but more than anything, you can capture a moment in time and give that moment to a newly acquired friend.