I love photography, as anyone that has followed this blog for a while knows. However, I am conflicted with a constant concern when I travel if I should bring my camera equipment or stick with my phone.
The simple answer is I don’t know.
I don’t know because it depends so greatly on how one travels, what one is doing on a particular trip, or if you have a safe way to keep your gear. So I have a few check points when determining this. It is not an exact science but it helps me sort out if my camera on my Iphone is OK, or if the DSLR is worth the extra bag, weight, and effort.
I bring my camera under the following circumstances
- I am doing some portrait or fine photography
- this is a “well duh”
- I have the chance or time to do some real photography
- This means if I am going to be in nature for a good amount or time, or if I have a long trip I am taking.
- I have extra luggage space
- If I can afford the extra ten pounds, then it goes!
- There is no way my cell phone camera can capture it well
- This is especially true in situations where a zoom lens is a good idea, such as nature or travel photography (again more time/space is a must)
- I can keep it safe
- Traveling on a cruise or boat or water-based situation can be lethal to your best camera friend. Sand, wind, dirt, rain etc. is also an unfriendly mess!
- I don’t want my cameras, AKA my expensive travel tools, to be ruined on a wild trips.
I don’t take the camera kit for pretty much the opposite reasons but I also keep this in mind on certain trips. Am I going to “work” on this trip or am I going to play?
Because when you do photography professionally such as for weddings and your blog. When you write off travel as a business expense, which it very much is, you have to draw a line on fun and work.
I make an effort, some times better than others, to not make every trip a working trip. When I go with my husband, I tend to leave the DSLR behind because the point is to not work and be with my husband. When I travel by myself, the camera is likely in my bag. It’s a lot about priorities and what is most important on a specific journey. Is it to get more great shots (which I love love love) or to spend time with those I love (also love love love)?
Sometimes it is hard to leave my little digital friends at home, but I don’t regret the less weight and I don’t regret focusing on reconnecting with my family.
What do you do?