This article was created especially for you, since you regularly ask me what camera do I use and what do I do in order to receive the photos you can see on my blog.
I will start with admitting that I am no professional, I’m an amateur photographer and my photos are the result of the trial and error method, learning on my own photos and reading a variety of handbooks. Therefore, I am glad you write positive comments and like what I create. I can conclude that with every new trip I am more and more satisfied and I can see a huge progress since my beginnings in photography.
The first and the most important thing directly influencing the quality of my photos was purchasing a mirrorless camera. In hindsight, I deeply regret I hadn’t bought the camera earlier and many photos from my previous voyages are simply low-quality that cannot be adjusted anyhow.
So, when a question appears, whether or not a camera choice matters, I always respond yes, it matters. To my mind, owning an appropriate camera brings you to a whole new level.
I’m telling you right away that a single camera is not enough and it’s vital to know its basic parameters and understanding what’s the exposure or the depth of focus. Long story short, you need to educate yourself a little but it’s not mission impossible.
Have a look at the equipment I’m currently using. I heartily recommend it since it serves me really well.
My first higher-quality camera I bought in Australia two years ago was Olympus OM-D E-M10. I was getting tired of poor-quality shots from my mobile phone camera that couldn’t capture the views I’ve seen and wanted to show you. Additionally, I was getting ready for a few months tour through South-East Asia and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to capture the beauty.
It has a built-in Wi-Fi and the option of navigating the camera with a smartphone, which is truly helpful. It allows you to set, e.g. shutter speed, and change other parameters. When connected to Olympus Image Share app, you can download all camera photos and easily share them on social media. They are my main communication channel with you and I use it every day, uploading photos and travel coverages, so it’s not only cool frills but also a huge convenience.
This camera taught me how to take photos, so Olympus brand is sentimental to me. That’s why I was so happy it recognized photos on my blog and offered to become a technological partner of my South America travel – exploring natural wonders (read more HERE).
Thanks to the partnership I’ve taken also the second camera on my journey: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, a cutting-edge version of the camera I’ve already had. I had the chance to test it and apply its additional functions, e.g. night shots of the sky above the Atacama Desert.
Compared to the previous camera, Mark II has a few significant conveniences. Firstly, it has a built-in 5-axis image stabilization, allowing to shoot literally of hand without a trivet, while maintaining the quality. I’ve tested it while horse-riding (a camera in one hand, reins in the other) and shooting on bumpy desert roads – it really turned out good! Another comfy thing is an LCD screen set at a different angle so you can move it and turn it to shoot from different perspectives. This camera model is more advanced and gives you possibilities to use your creativity.
They serve different photos so there’s no point in comparing them. The important thing is, on the move, when landscapes change instantly, situations worth capturing disappear quickly, changing lenses is uncomfortable, impractical and frustrating because it wastes time. That’s why I don’t recommend such solution for your voyages. I made this mistake during Asia journey and I promised myself I won’t do it again, so I took only compact Olympus M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm to South America.
This lenses is my SMASH! It connects the resolution of two previous lenses, so I don’t lose anything, it’s also very light and, along with Olympus OMD, it’s comprehensive, convenient and not a millstone around my neck equipment. It’s dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (I’ve tested it in every situation and it still works excellent). Honestly, a great lenses for travel photography.
I always have it during my journeys, it’s indispensable for long exposure photos, e.g. in the evening, in poor light or at night. I often use it when capturing animals and I need to stay still for a while, without moving my arm.
I am very happy with the set that I am currently using and the photos I can make with it. Take a look on MY TOP 12 PICS TO SUM UP 2016 and 11 INSPIRING PHOTOS FROM NEW ZEALAND I made with Olympus equipment. If you are looking for a good, unshakable camera then I think you will be satisfied with it.
If have any aditional questions, feel free to ask me in comments :)