What better way to document amazing places and experiences, than with photos. We have a few lined up, depending on the location and event.
From the highest point of the Inca Trail, to the streets of Tokyo and the plains of Africa, the Sony A6300 mirrorless digital camera has been chosen as the go-to. The A6300 has been praised for its autofocus capabilities and improved build quality with a new magnesium-alloy body, making it the perfect travel companion. Matched with a 16-70mm Zeiss SEL1670Z lens, this all rounder should tackle most scenarios with room to spare. I’m sure to run out of talent before reaching the limits with this combo.
To accompany this duo, we’re bringing along three 32gb Sandisk Ultra SDHC memory cards (they won’t handle 4K video – but we don’t plan on taking any – so saved on the overall card cost) while the lens will be protected at all times by a Hoya UV Pro1D DMC Filter (better to clean/crack/replace the filter than the lens!). A paracord wrist strap will keep it securely attached to the arm, when it’s not sleeping soundly in the compact Lowepro Format 120 case.
It’s great to have a relatively compact, high performing body/lens combo like the above, but what about when you’re walking the streets of Bogotá, Colombia, swimming on any number of beaches or just out having a drink with new friends? An older point and shoot camera will be making an appearance, in the form of the Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 – fits easily in the pocket and is water-dust-shock-proof to match.
Wide angle selfies and any action scenes will be covered by a GoPro Hero+ LCD – I wasn’t initially too keen on an action camera, due to the post-processing required for any video work, however this one popped up half price so it wasn’t a huge investment.
A hotly contested topic – do we take a tripod? Any sunrise/sunset/landscape shot would benefit enormously from one, but it’s just so hard to justify the size (and price) of most ‘travel’ grade tripods. Enter the Pedco Ultrapod Grip: it’s made of lightweight plastic, can support the weight of a mirrorless camera and even has a fancy grip feature where it can be attached to poles and tree branches (will let you know if we ever end up using this).
Finally, what should the process look like for managing and storing the photos? Here’s our plan:
- Photo is taken and stored on memory card
- Memory card inserted into Macbook Pro and immediately copied to external hard drive – not deleted from memory card
- A select few are pulled out and stored on Macbook
- Those on the Macbook are backed up to Google Photos account
- When memory cards become full, they are wiped and new photos taken
This provides some security in that there will always be multiple copies of the photos available, then as soon as there is Wifi, the best ones will be backed up to the cloud!
The first few months will give me a good view of how this plan of attack and selections are panning out.
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