Good news: you don’t need a DSLR to take good pictures, so don’t bother buying an expensive one. You can get great results even with a simple P&S, says Samarth Mediratta, whose photos have been showcased in the Travel India Catalog of the National Geographic.
Over to him:
“Well I’m going to answer this question keeping in mind that a professional photographer is not reading this, because he’ll carry more lenses than his clothes while travelling.
If you are an amateur photographer, consider the following points before buying a camera:
a) Do you often travel with family?
b) Do you want to build your photography skills eventually or are you mostly into fun trips?
c) How much luggage do you generally carry?
In case of family travel, I suggest the simple Point & Shoot cameras. They are lightweight and easy to use. Because you don’t want to miss the moment where your six-year-old finally catches a fish after waiting for two hours. By the time you pull out the DSLR from your bag, put the right lens and start pressing the shutter half way to focus, the natural emotions would have been lost. The greatest family pictures are usually shot candid. And for that, P&S cameras are the best.
If you want to build your photography skills over a period of time, DSLR would be the right choice. You will feel connected to your camera while you travel. You can experiment with different settings with your DSLR and there is a lot to learn. The features in a P&S camera are limited and do not allow you to explore much.
And finally, if luggage is a major concern, stick to the compact P& S. You don’t want to haul around a camera back pack that has equipment which costs more than all your other bags and its contents.
Now, if you have decided to use a DSLR while travelling and trying to improve your photography skills, consider buying this other equipment too.
- A tripod: a must if you plan to shoot landscapes or long exposure shots. You can just set it up, take your time to choose the perfect frame, align it within your viewfinder and click. Also, it is a life saver if you plan to shoot panoramas.
- A flashlight: helps you focus at night when there is no source of light and the camera auto focus assist light doesn’t work.
- Shutter Remotes: if you’re planning to shoot star trails or any shot that has exposure time of more than a minute, I would suggest you buy a shutter remote. It lets you set a timer so that you just leave it lying beside your camera and enjoy the night looking up to the sky. Read how to use a shutter remote here.
- Extra Batteries: There is a good chance that you’ll exceed the specified 450 shots in one trip.
- Bug Sprays: for those venturing into the wild.
You can check out Samarth’s photographs here
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