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A photographer's holiday essentials

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

I am often asked, "which camera should I take with me on holiday?" so I thought it would be useful to share with you the things that are in my holiday camera bag and the reasons why!

Number 1: my most used and loved DSLR camera body.

Pick the camera body that you use the most / rely on the most / love the most. In my case I have a Nikon d750 and a Nikon d610 which I use at client shoots for a "back up" camera (in case my d750 were to ever stop working on me). Logic might tell you to keep the best camera at home in case the good one gets stolen or damaged - but life is short!! Use the camera that you feel most comfortable with - and for me this is my d750. The important functions on this for me are the flip out screen (because I love taking photos 'from above' and from 'low on the ground' and the flip out screen lets me see exactly what I'm doing more easily). The second important feature on this is the in built WIFI which allows me to sync the photos I take onto my iPhone using the Nikon image app.

Number 2: the lenses.

If there was only one lens left in the world I would want it to be my Sigma Art 35mm. It's sharp, sharp, sharp....consistently. Reliability and consistency is important for me, and it should be for you too.

My second lens choice needs to be light to carry - and my favourite at the moment is the Lensbaby Sol 45. It's arty, experimental, inconsistent and a challenge....which is why I love it! It really lets me embrace the messier side of holidaying with children, and create more feeling-filled images rather than tack-sharp photographs which I get with the Sigma art. They are the perfect opposite travel companions.