Photography holds a special place in my heart in its ability to revive memories, to remember moments that might otherwise be forgotten. From the beautiful to the ugly, those moments are part of the adventure of life that I never want to forget.
I used to collect souvenirs, tangible objects that I could hold. But those trivial items only clutter up my home; with our marvelous digital age, we can collect thousands upon thousands of memories to relive over a lifetime. After-all, a photo is worth a thousand words.
So, what’s in my bag?
I absolutely LOVE my Canon. Even with no photography skills, it takes amazing photos. With a little bit of time and dedication, manual mode can soon become your best friend and will take your photos to a whole new level. There are a vast array of interchangeable lenses, which allow you to get up close and personal with that bird or capture that draw-dropping waterfall.
While carrying multiple lenses and a bulky camera can become tiresome, I’ve always found the extra effort to be worth it. The photos I’m able to capture always perfectly immortalize my favourite memories. It’s rare you’ll find me without my trusty Canon in my bag.
* Link is to the Canon Rebel T5, which is the newer version of my camera.
My GoPro Hero 4 Silver is the newest addition to my photography bag, which I should have bought years ago. The versatility it offers is astounding – from hiking to tobogganing to swimming, it can take anything I throw at it. I can bring it places I would never bring my Canon.
It’s small and compact, takes high-quality photos and videos, and is extremely durable. I absolutely love the wide angle lens on it, which is able to perfectly capture group selfies while still showcasing the amazing landscape behind me.
If that’s not enough, it also connects to my phone and allows me to directly download my photos on the go! The only downside is that I find I drain my battery quite quickly, especially when filming video; however, I use a solar charger to keep my batteries charged and ready to go!
There are a thousand and one gadgets for the GoPro, but so far my favourite is the Spivo Stick. It’s a selfie stick that rotates 180° with the press of a button! Film yourself, quickly flip the camera to capture the turtle swimming in front of you, then flip it back to yourself! You’ll never miss the action again.
Of all the selfie sticks out there, I have to say that this one takes the cake. I’m never going to be able to go back to a normal one.
The final camera I have in my photography bag is my trusty old iPhone. While it’s my last choice for capturing the world around me, I can’t deny that it still takes amazing photos. It’s crazy that the phone I carry around in my back pocket blows my very first digital camera out of the water.
Before I got my GoPro, I brought my phone to the places I was too scared to bring my Canon. Whether it was climbing through the trees or hiking in the rain, I didn’t want to be stopped from documenting my adventures, so I protected my phone with the LifeProof case.
While I was too scared to ever put it in the water, the case does an amazing job at protecting my fragile phone from the elements. While it won’t get as much use now that I have a GoPro, I loved being able to take my phone everywhere.
My photography bag might be small, but it does everything that I’ve ever needed.