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Hi! We're Steve & Jess. A newlywed couple who has decided to chase our dreams of traveling the world while still maintaining "normal lives."

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Our Photography Travel Gear

Wanting to start a travel blog or get into travel photography? Or maybe you just want to take awesome pictures while your family is on vacation! Regardless of your reasons, it’s always a good idea to document your travels with photos. Steve and I can spend a good chunk of time flipping through old photos and reminiscing about what was going on when the picture was taken. We can’t travel back in time, but through photos we can experience the past again.

Our gear + One thing I can’t live without

Updated gear (Dec. 2018)

-Canon 6D Mark ii

-Canon L Series Lens 24mm-70mm

-DJI Spark Drone

The gear that is listed below is what we started off with and it was the perfect beginner camera and lenses!

Camera 

We love our Canon Rebel T6! It was the perfect camera that was in our price range and we don’t worry about taking it with us on some of our adventures for fear of damaging a $1000+ Camera. It’s light weight and small enough to pack with us. You can buy it here- Canon Rebel T6

Lenses

The first lens that we got was the Canon 50mm. This was a great lens to start out with to get our feet wet. The quality is amazing for the price and you can get some nice portraits with this bad boy.

However, after shooting for some time with the 50mm we decided that our style was wider shots to really highlight the place that we were at rather than us ourselves. This is when we got our hands onto the Canon 24mm pancake lens! 😍

We are loving this lens because it is still a prime lens, which means the quality of shots is still excellent yet it gives us that wider frame that we were craving. The best part about? It’s affordable and easy to travel with! It’s extremely light and does not stick far out of the camera at all.

Other essentials

You’ll also want to get spare batteries, a high-capacity SD card, and a camera bag of your choosing! Don’t forget about the tripod as well just in case people aren’t there to take your photos! (Which I hate doing which is why the tripod is my lifesaver).

If you plan on using a tripod and literally don’t want to make it into an extreme sport (running back and forth working with a timer can be exhausting, especially if you are jumping over things or running across wet slippery fields) buy a remote! There are a few options on Amazon. Or you can use the Canon Camera Connect App on your Iphone (this is what we use). This has made all the difference in making photo time a much more enjoyable, and less dangerous, experience!

Editing Products

What programs do I use? Lightroom and Photoshop. 90% of the time I will use Lightroom. There are a few cases where Lightroom can’t do the trick and I will jump over to Photoshop.

If you are looking for tips and tricks on how to take your own travel photos after you’ve read this article about the gear that we use, you can it here -> How to Take Incredible Travel Photos as a Couple

The thing I can’t live without-  

My hot travel buddy. Seriously. It’s so nice to have someone there when it’s time to take some pictures. Steve is really great with finding different angles I hadn’t thought of or pointing out tips and tricks that our photography teacher taught us earlier that week. He’s also willing to go as far as laying on the ground if needed in order to get that shot…this happened while playing at Little Sahara in Utah 🤣. Most of the pictures that we end up posting are because of him and his creative ideas. So word to the wise- find yourself a sexy travel partner (just not this one below, because he’s taken 😍)

  1. How to Take Incredible Travel Photos as a Couple - parttimetourists.com

    January 30th, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    […] Depending on whether you are using a phone or camera to take your photos, you’ll need a good sturdy tripod to support the weight of the device. In the beginning, I didn’t have a tripod so I would just try and set up my phone or camera along a wall, fence, rock formation, etc. to get the shot. It works but it doesn’t give you the freedom and perfect angle to get the composition that you are looking for. You can buy a tripod off of Amazon where they range anywhere from $20-$200.  If you want to see the gear that we use-check it out here. […]

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