Travel Tips for Photographers: Gear, Trip Planning, Packing Tips, & More! on Picture This! ep. 32

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Basic Starter Camera ($280 used at Amazon): Canon T3
Better Starter Camera ($500 at Amazon): Nikon D5300
Better Travel Camera ($500 at Amazon): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Good ($550 at Amazon): Sony a6000
Better ($1,400) at Amazon: Nikon D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Best ($3,150) at Amazon: Pentax K-1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8

Beginner ($950 at Amazon): Canon T6i & Canon 50mm f/1.8
Better ($3,000 at Amazon): Nikon D610 & Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Best ($5,300) at Amazon: Nikon D810 & Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E

Starter ($1,100 at Amazon): Canon 7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6
Great ($3,200 at Amazon): Nikon D500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

Beginner ($500 at Amazon): Panasonic G7 & Panasonic 14-42mm
Better ($1,400 at Amazon): Panasonic GH4 & Panasonic 14-140 f/3.5-5.6
Best ($4,300 at Amazon): Panasonic GH5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8

Beginner ($400 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 3
Travel ($1,000 at Amazon): DJI Mavic Pro
Better Image Quality ($1,500 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 4 Pro


  1. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Lens Choices: All in one zoom is great, but also take a good prime lens that has a wide aperture (I use 35mm F2.8). It will be more useful in town in the evenings.

  2. Paul Howe on July 4, 2018 at 7:11 am

    PS. I love the GEEK stuff!

  3. Randy Dietmeyer on July 4, 2018 at 7:13 am

    When traveling I love the Sigma 24-105 f4. Its versatility is wonderful and it IS a very good lens.

  4. cheekychappy1234 on July 4, 2018 at 7:13 am

    If you are not a US citizen you can still get Global Entry and TSA Pre along with it. I had to go to travel to the US embassy in London but at least I got the paper work sorted before I entered the US.

  5. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:13 am

  6. steve on July 4, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Love you two!:)

  7. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Lens Choices: A Macro lens is often an interesting lens to take traveling. It ensures you look for little details which add to the story your photos tell. It also doubles as a good portrait or standard prime lens. I use a Canon 50mm FD Macro (for portability). It’s most commonly on the crop sensor body, but this again shows the versatility you get when couples travel with APSC and FF in the same system.

  8. Julian Kurt on July 4, 2018 at 7:16 am

    its so funny- We all spend thousands of Dollars in camera gear but dunt want to spend 5 bucks on a rain coat

  9. e Rick on July 4, 2018 at 7:17 am


  10. Everest314 on July 4, 2018 at 7:20 am

    So now you can pay to cut the security queue … and people still believe it has anything to do with safety? 😀

  11. Japan Visual on July 4, 2018 at 7:22 am

    It’s worth to get Olympus body + 12-100 Pro for only travel purpose.

  12. iiimik3 on July 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    while travelling, I carry close to $10k of camera gear in an $18 backpack

  13. Paulo Gaeta on July 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I just loved the tip about photocopying your cash, leaving the original in the hotel safe and spending the copy. Thank you for this wonderful tip, I had never thought of it… 🙂

  14. Anthony Johnston on July 4, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Funny that this video just came out the day before i went traveling. I went to Tiger Leaping Gorge in China to do some treks. I took ALL of my gear but the one change I made was just buying a very little cheap tripod thats about 3/5th the size of the manfrotto befree tripod. My backpack was still WAY to heavy. I really wish that just had a single 24-105 lens instead of taking all my lenses which are 3 primes and the 70-200… best tip, GET A TRAVEL LENS! the kit lens that came with your camera is probably best haha oh my shoulders still hurt!

  15. warmonked on July 4, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I like some of the pacsafe brand of backpacks. The zippers can clasp to a hook to make it difficult to unzip, one strap can be unhooked and relocked to make it easy to hook around a chair, and they are slash resistant. I have the venturesafe 2 and really like it because the main pouch is big enough to hold my camera insert.

  16. Making Skidmarks on July 4, 2018 at 7:29 am

    OMG what? Waze? That thing is SCARY! I used to use Waze, and it was having me do all kinds of scary stuff in DTLA. Switch to Google Maps and it’s just like "ok, go on this street, get on that freeway and you’re done".

  17. Bradley Smith on July 4, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Long exposures in software on phone cameras sounds great! (i.e. without ND filters). Anyone got a recommendation for how to do this on android? So far I’ve only found MEC Multiple Exposure Camera.

  18. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Keeping your kit dry. Use a Peak design capture clip and a waterproof stuff over your camera and lens: A caribiner will keep the stuffsack handy for when it rains. The caribiner and stuffsack are also good on the airplane since you can clip it to the seatback and put your stuff in it during the flight. This ensures you don’t leave anything on the plane.

  19. Jeff Scott on July 4, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I recently discovered It works great if you’re going to a location and have no idea whats around. I posted a picture I took at Babcock State Park in West Virginia and Trover put it on their "What’s Hot List". You can look through the pictures of any location and it will give the number miles this picture was taken from your search location. Comes in an APP version too. I like it. I like your videos too! Thanks!

  20. Nick Hyatt on July 4, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Good tip about putting all your trip details on your phone. I’ve used Evernote ( for years to do this. Make the trip an offline notebook and then, regardless of whether you have wifi or 3g / 4g connection, all that info will be there in your hand.

  21. Rodney Aiken on July 4, 2018 at 7:32 am

    We travel on our motorcycles a lot so we have to travel light and we’re usally at a different place ever night. If you take 1 pair of socks and underware and roll it up in a tee shirt you don’t have to dig through all your tightly packed close every morning

  22. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Keeping your kit dry. Use a cube such as this: instead of your standard padding and keep it in a dry sack: The dry sack will also be handy if you go Kayaking or something.

  23. Henry Jiang on July 4, 2018 at 7:34 am

    6D2. 24-70 f2.8 + 70-200 f4L. And a 10 STOP ND. A light carbon fiber tripod.

  24. Grahamfire on July 4, 2018 at 7:36 am

    They were talking about a large capacity sd card, why not just use google drive and back your photos there via smartphone?

  25. Don's travels and rants DON on July 4, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Loved the travel tip’s. Another great podcast.

  26. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Security: Have multiple credit cards and leave one in the hotel just in case

  27. April Belanger on July 4, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Super helpful, thanks!

  28. Dean on July 4, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Travelling with your spouse: Consider being in same system, but one full frame and one APS-C. It gives you a lot of versatility with lenses and focal lengths. (I find Sony E-Mount works well).

  29. tom ellis on July 4, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Great work guys with lots of ideas. You two are great and I never get bored watching you. You are a very lucky man, Tony…..CHILL

  30. George Bewsher on July 4, 2018 at 7:45 am

    As a photographer you will be putting in the miles walking around new places….blister plasters are Essential. Something like compeed. Trust me on this they are worth their weight in gold!

    Packing: I’ve always travelled with a main backpack and a daypack(camera bag). There are a few daypacks designed to only open from the side that sits on your back. This gives a lot of peace of mind when walking around. Lowepro and tenba do them and i’m sure a few others do these days.

    Padlocks for your main bag are great. They aren’t substantial, but most petty crime is opportunistic, so if they are always there not many people will waste their time on it.

    It’s no secret that a lot of travellers use a money belt. I’ve only ever used one once in North Africa, and it was bloody annoying.

    If you are in a city or developed part of the world you only need your daily budget at most in cash(on your person). If you are elsewhere in the world and need to bring more, you can always hide the rest some where deep in your pack/case. Some people sew flags or badges on their backpacks. This isn’t a bad place to slip some emergency cash behind.

    Photography tips: make sure your memory are cards working, and formatted to ensure you are starting clean.
    Make sure you have cleaned your equipment thoroughly before packing. Image sensor included. There is nothing as annoying as having to remove those dust spots in most of your images when you get home. For most trips getting it cleaned beforehand should be enough.
    If you are travelling for a good length of time, especially somewhere hot and dusty; you can always do a simple dust check on your images. Some good advice here,

    A small sensor cleaning pen and air blower are good things to pack, or even the disposable sensor swabs, if you are that particular about it.

    Tony and Chelsea are definitely right about "less is more". I couldn’t agree more. Neck and back ache throughout your trip is never desirable.

    Please do some research on the place you are travelling to first. This is important on so many levels. You will have a more enriching experience and appreciation for the places you go, and the people you meet. You will also avoid any problems that may cause you some trouble or offend others. For example, avoiding taking pictures in which local police or army might be in the frame. It is a pain but sometimes they are standing next to something or somewhere that you would love to photograph. Approach then politely and ask them first. If they say no, don’t push your luck. There are other examples of different situations, but if you do your research, you will be more aware that you need to adapt your photography to the setting/subject beforehand.

    Backup your photos on an external drive, it can be phone a hdd/ssd, or whatever. The most important thing, is to do it at your earliest opportunity. Also, keep that backup seperate from the rest of your equipment/cards. I usually keep a drive in my main pack, so that if my daypack and camera gear are stolen, the backup is safe.

  31. Edoardo Legnaro on July 4, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Can you guys suggest a nice android app to listen to this podcast? Thanks!

  32. DML Channel on July 4, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Good tips.

    Under the "Security" heading, cover the brand name of the camera with black electrical tape. Potential robbers, to an extent, are pragmatic in that they might not risk stealing a generic brand camera. If they don’t see Nikon or Canon emblazoned on the camera, they might skip you as a target as risk-versus-reward isn’t entirely favorable for them in that case. This is precaution is obviated if you are carrying a large, expensive appearing, telephoto lens on your camera.

    As mentioned, never carry a camera with the advertisement of what its worth. Nothing screams "payday" like someone wearing a camera whose strap says Nikon D5.

    More than that though, a common method of robbery is the motorbike attack consisting of a driver and a knife-equipped accomplice. They drive up next to you and the knife robber simply cuts your should strap, grabs your camera and bag, the motorbike driver guns it and and off they go. These are professionals and this robbery takes all of two seconds. Get a camera shoulder strap (or bag strap) with quality steel cables (usually two) contained within the strap itself. Once the initial attack at cutting the bag is unsuccessful, they’re gone.

    Hope this helps.

  33. Captain Shane on July 4, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I find your videos very informative for me!

  34. My Road Tours on July 4, 2018 at 7:50 am

    13:19 a lot of semi-pro/pro bodies comes with dual card slots. If your camera comes this way, you can assign the second card for a back up. Then you just run larger cards like a 128 GB or 256 GB cards. Sounds redundant but I have had two SD cards fail before. Now on longer extended trips, I will take 2-3TB portable HD’s. I usually try to bring more than enough memory cards but things like time lapse videos can chew through them pretty quick. So I’ll back the cards up to the portable HD’s and keep going.

  35. PhotoTrekr on July 4, 2018 at 7:52 am

    I’ve tried taking various amounts of gear with me. I used to take everything when I traveled. Fast long lenses, backup bodies, etc. The reasoning being that I wanted to be prepared and I didn’t know if or when I’d get back to a location. And there were times when I needed the long lenses. Then I got older and didn’t want to carry all that stuff. So, I had an APS-C system for my travel system. Traveling lighter was great. But, I could tell the difference between shots from my travel kit and my full frame kit. Now, I just take one full frame body and a couple zoom lenses. I also take a Sony RX10 III when I just want to carry a single camera for more casual shots. And a RX100 for a pocket camera. And maybe a GoPro. Of course, I take various combinations depending on where I’m going and what I’ll be shooting. But, this is basically it now.

  36. Peter Stawicki on July 4, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Great video. Lots of excellent tips. Im a Windows/Android user but if an iPad makes editting photoshop lightroom better id be all about investing.

  37. joits on July 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

    really great tips, a lot of which i do follow already but still great to see videos like this as I have a trip right around the corner.

  38. Charles Guinchard on July 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for the tips!

    I use Instagram and Strava (cycling) to scout a new place as well. Search a location or hashtag on Instagram and find some local photographers to follow before you leave.

  39. Elisabeth M. La Fontaine on July 4, 2018 at 7:55 am

    My answer to a holiday camera bag is a brightly coloured diaper bag! It has a mat for lying on and a small pouch for all the small things. Who is going to steal a diaper bag – never know what might be in it!!!

  40. Michael Angelo H. on July 4, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Ya, thanks…

  41. Rami Mufti on July 4, 2018 at 7:59 am

    i recommend making your videos alone Pleaseeeee

  42. Michael Angelo H. on July 4, 2018 at 7:59 am

    As for using Lightroom on a tablet; You’re not going to get a very accurate representation unless you have one of those fancy top-tier versions, especially when it comes to colors. But even brightness and such, how it comes across, unless you’re purely dependent on the histogram or something, is not going to look as it really is as you would see it on a proper monitor or something. – Correct me if I’m wrong, but not just any LCD-screen will cut it.
    Especially not if you have my iPad, the 4th, from 2012… I’m typing on it right now and it’s not keeping up with it. – Just saying, you’ll need a fancy schmansy iPad then. That would be like a $750+, which not many people want to cough up for an iPad. I don’t. I got mine for free in a lottery. It’s just half a decade old now… XD

  43. Andrew Bristoe on July 4, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Recent concert was amazzzzzzed at quality of better Smart phone vid and Pic and seem super fast lenses i do have an antique i4s lol is their a case for smart phone point and shoots for Indoor and low light and Vlogging and interchangeable for the rest.The sad truth is security peoples perception of paparazzi and lenses is seeing the extinction of fast interchangeable lenses at events!????????

  44. brian mellem on July 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Omg @23:30 Chelsea you just took me back to my childhood. You sounded just like my mom, esp because my dad’s name is Bruce… Lol

  45. Jay Macro Photos on July 4, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Do you have any plans for a future "Wonderlust" video?

  46. John Kraemer on July 4, 2018 at 8:05 am

    This channel would be 100 percent better if Chelsea would keep her mouth zipped!

  47. Michael Angelo H. on July 4, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Just a tip from an amateur here: Can you match the colors of the cameras better? Like the wide shot, it’s rather blue-ish compared to the close-ups.

  48. Doug Stewart on July 4, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Headphone pro-tip: noise-cancelling headphones only do 15-18 dB noise reduction. In-ears do 20+ dB noise reduction (depends on materials). The also don’t require batteries.

  49. Mike Lambert on July 4, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Add the "Tripit" and "Kayak" apps to your phone. Email your travel docs to them and they appear in the app. Join frequent flyer programs and download the airlines apps for updates about your flights. Most airports have apps, download them for info about where to eat, lounge locations etc. Always check multiple sites for pricing (, Expedia etc) and always check Tripadvisor BEFORE you book your hotel.

  50. Paul Howe on July 4, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I love you guys! I’m a photo newbie and between you two and several others ( mostly you guys) I’ve learned more then I ever thought I could learn. Thanks again!