My camera can’t be missing on any trip and is also a constant companion at home. I started my travel blog with a Sony camera and later switched to Olympus. In the meantime, I belong to the Canon team.
I have been using the Canon 200d* for three years now and I am still very satisfied. Before I made the decision, I read a lot of guides, articles and watched tutorials. Today I’m super happy with my choice. For me, the Canon 200d is the perfect camera for travel photography.
In this post, I give you an insight into my photography equipment and show you what you can do with it. On top of that, I give you five easy-to-implement tips for photography beginners.
The Camera Body
When I bought the Canon 200d*, it was the lightest SLR camera on the market at the time. The weight of the camera plays a big role for me, after all, I carry it around a lot when I travel and I almost always have my Canon with me on hikes and excursions around Mainz. In the meantime, the Canon 250d has replaced the 200d as the lightest SLR camera (as of 2/2021). However, only by 4 grams.
Besides the weight, a Wi-Fi function was also important to me. This way, I can easily upload the photos I take on the road directly to my smartphone, edit them and post them on Instagram.
Another thing I appreciate about the Canon 200d: the really well working automatic mode. In my opinion, there’s no shame at all in using the camera’s automatic or semi-automatic modes instead of always shooting manually.
When there is little time on research trips, I like to shoot in automatic mode, especially when the light conditions are ideal. If the result on the display doesn’t meet my expectations, I switch to manual mode. But before that, I can capture my motif before the moment for the perfect shot might have disappeared shortly afterwards.
7 reasons for the Canon 200d
- 24.2 megapixel sensor
- Precise and fast autofocus
- Wireless connection with WLAN and Bluetooth function
- A real lightweight at under 500 grams
- Swivel LCD touchscreen
- Full HD videos
- Top price-performance ratio
No matter which camera you choose, I recommend buying the body and lenses separately, as you will quickly reach your limits with the kit lenses supplied as soon as your photographic demands increase.
My lenses for travel photography
Even more important than the camera body are the lenses. This is also reflected in the price. In general, the faster the lens – small f-number, high speed – the deeper you have to dig into your pocket.
18 – 200 mm f/3.5-5.6
When I want to be prepared for all eventualities, I go for the 18 – 200 mm zoom lens*. With this versatile “all-rounder” I can take great landscape shots as well as razor-sharp detail shots with a shallow depth of field.
35 mm f/2
Brand new in my photographic equipment is a 35mm fixed focal length*. As the name suggests, the focal length is already fixed. So you can’t zoom. But prime lenses deliver a terrific image quality. The 35mm lens is therefore much light intensity than the “all-rounder” and especially great for food and portrait photography. But it’s also great for street photography and beautiful detail shots in nature.
5 Tips for Photography Beginners
Of course, the best camera doesn’t help if you don’t know what to do with it and how to capture interesting motifs. That’s why I’m going to tell you five tips for photography beginners that you can put into practice right away.
#1 Make sure the horizon is straight
Especially on Instagram, I often come across photos where the horizon is crooked. However, it only takes a few seconds to straighten the image and the photo looks much more professional. The Lightroom app even straightens images automatically with just one click.
#2 Think about the image composition
Composition is the ultimate in taking aesthetic and interesting photos. Build tension and think about what story you want to tell with your photos. Well-known techniques to shape your photos are, for example, the golden ratio or the rule of thirds. Framing, i.e. a frame that surrounds your motif, also achieves special effects and can direct the viewer’s gaze.
#3 Play around with perspective
Make sure you have variety and try to capture your subject from different perspectives. Maybe you remember the bird’s-eye or frog’s-eye view you learned about at school. Try symmetrical compositions or experiment with flatlays.
#4 The right light
Light plays an essential role in photography and directly contributes to the mood. The golden hour is probably the most popular time for photos with a wonderfully warm light temperature. On sunny days we experience it in the morning, shortly after sunrise and in the evening shortly before sunset. Depending on location and time of year, the period of the golden hour varies. Apps like PhotoTime can help you find the exact time.
#5 Put the focus on details
Try close-ups and focus on small details that usually elude the eye. This awakens the viewer’s imagination, as the small detail does not reveal what is happening around your subject. Whether it’s raindrops on a leaf, your cat’s whiskers or the herbs on your pasta plate. Macro photography is also a great way to be creative at home.
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