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Travel Photography Gear List

The necessary technology for us to shoot new images and manage a stock business for three weeks.

“What gear do you use?”

In all likelihood, we are the world’s worst photographer to ask about gear, it’s just not our thing. Nevertheless, the question always pops up. Our experience is that Canon’s high end camera bodies work very well, so we buy them as needed. Ditto for lenses. We never use filters, rarely a tripod, and went years without even owning a flash. We do love Lightroom, Apple products, and sharing images, and the experiences making them, via social media. It is our belief that keeping your thinking and systems at their most basic in terms of what is necessary to get your work done is fundamental to doing your best work, and enjoying the process. We put technology to work so we are free to do what is most important – to be out making new images, and living life.

All that said, we have made an investment in time looking at what technology and products work best and feel really good about what we use. Today, we’re getting ready to travel to Peru for three weeks shooting trekking in the Andes. While there, we need to make both new images and manage our Stock Photo Site with daily orders. So, what might be a better question of us is, “What gear do you take on these trips?”. As you can see from my camera and office pack, it’s not much, and that is the beauty.

Canon 1d Mark IV & spare battery

Canon L Series Lenses : 17-40 f4  |  70-200 f4  |  15mm f2.8

96GB of film cards

Canon S95 camera

iPad & iPhone

Sealine waterproof cases for both devices

Additional backup battery for iPhone & iPad, iPad USB camera connector, Petzl eLight headlamp

Charging devices

2x 160GB Hyperdrive Image Tanks for film card backup

All but the charging devices are in my Lowepro… Whoa, wait just a second, this is a top secret new Lowepro pack we’re testing (and loving). More later on this.

Remember, we’re two photographers, Janine carries an identical set up but with a Canon 5d and only one lens, a Canon 24-105 f4, and we split the Hyperdrive Image Tanks. Depending on the destination and work involved, the only additions would be Tilt Shift lenses or a 100mm Macro. For commercial shoots we add in a 300mm f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8. But for traveling and making the bulk of our images, the ones we enjoy most – it all stays simple and lightweight.

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“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs , 1998.

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  1. More later on this… When when?? Finding a perfect bag is so hard!! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    Thanks for the quote! It’s so true. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with all the gear available.
    Have a nice trip!

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      Hey Sophie,
      I think it will be along soon, as in don’t panic. I’d bet you will be able to read all about the new bag before the end of the month. Maybe a Lowepro spy will drop some hints here…?
      Thanks for the time to write and check in.
      Dan

  2. I want that bag now! I have three Lowepros, but this one seems perfect for my growing “pile” of lenses and stuff.
    I first bought the Photo Sport 200, as I’m a runner and I just love the orange one.
    The one on the picture seems perfect AND it’s orange!
    I love it already!
    Can you publish more pics?

  3. Just curious…do you do all your editing on the iPad? What apps are you using? I’ve been using Photoshop Express, but not too pleased. Any suggestions?
    Thanks and keep up the amazing work!
    -Brian

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      Hi Brian,
      I actually don’t do any editing on the iPad, I only use it for quick pulls from the camera while traveling to show clients or for social media. All the real work is done on the office machines and Lightroom. But when I do use the iPad for photo prep, I primarily use a combo of Photogene, Camera+ and a bit with the new iPhoto.
      Dan

  4. Hey Dan!

    Thanks for the response. I too, do all my editing on the big iMac with Lightroom. I was just curious to get your thoughts. I’ve been following your work for a few years now and it’s been fun to watch the progression and seeing your work out in the world! I’d teach full-time but would love to drop it all and start getting paid to travel and shoot!
    Safe travels,
    -Brian

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