Many people used to ask me what camera is the best and why this brand is better than that brand. Time passes by and technology keeps improving. As I’m going to travel more with a motorbike, one thing that comes to my mind is I need a system and tool that is lighter, simple, easy and fun to use.
This note is suitable for any types of photography and you can also adapt it to your everyday life.
It all starts with your photography purpose so that you’ll have a sharp focus. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time, money and energy purchasing and using the wrong systems and tools. I have gone through this situation, and that’s why I share with you how to have the right tools for your photography adventures.
Focus on one thing at a time will make you achieve more in less time, instead of achieving less in a longer time. Once you know your photography purpose eg. Family, holiday, travel, wedding, fine-art etc., you’ll dedicate all your energy, time and money on the right tools and system. In this article, I’ll focus on building a lighter, simple, easy and fun system for fine-art travel photography, travel illustration and travel filmmaking [travel-base visual art work], but you can omit or add some of the tools to suit your own photography lifestyle/job.
2. Operating System
Lets’ decide on a single system. It’s either Android, iOS, Windows etc. I chose android visual media systems as I’ve previously run iOS and Windows system. With the single system in mind, you can then select the right smartphone, tablet and laptop. Other than the touchscreen, I prefer wi-fi and stylus-base tools for my smartphone/phablets, tablets and a working laptop.
3. Simple, Easy and Fun
A minimalist system with a wireless connection, touchscreen capabilities and stylus operation is simple, easy and fun to use. While on the road, you need hassle free tools that can help you creating a good visual story. And to share something fun, you need some tools that are fun to use.
4. Travel Light
From the image above, you can see that you don’t need a heavy jib-crane as the drone can do better capturing photo and video in a certain situation. With GoPro, mirrorless camera and smartphone, you can now forget a bulky camcorder. Get the right gimbal, stabilizer and touchscreen focusing system, then you’re fine. A tablet can replace your monitor as well. Remember that Less is More.
5. Short Learning Curve
Adapt the system that comes with short learning curve. All the tools and system are just tools for your storytelling masterpiece. If it’s hard to use, we’ll waste our time as well. Time wasting and hard to use systems are not good for your storytelling work. It’ll drain your brain and you’ll less creative.
6. Important Accessories
One of the most important accessories is a stabilizer. Without a stabilizer, you might capture blurry photo and shaky video. Common stabilizing tools are a tripod, monopod or joby but in this system, I suggest a high-quality gimbal. Check a gimbal for your smartphone, GoPro that can be easily attached to other accessories like chest strap etc. Besides gimbal, get yourself some external hard disk, power bank, extra batteries and memory cards.
7. Suporting Apps
There are many android apps that connect all the gadget to work with each other. Go for the app that supports wi-fi system so that you carry fewer cables. Some of my favorite apps are Adobe Shape, Adobe Illustrator CC (for illustrating a captured photo or travel experience), GoPro App and any apps that can sync the camera, drones, gimbals and mobile workstation.
8. Optional Tools
From the image above, I add a mirrorless camera which is lighter than DSLR. You can take it along or just work with simple multipurpose gadgets that can produce high-quality work. I advise that you bring one in addition to the main system.