Our Photography: Gear, Processes, and Tips

Words by Pete Heck / Photography by Pete and Dalene Heck

I’ve often answered countless emails detailing what gear we carry and what programs we use to process our photos. This post – geared to be “photography for beginners” – will hopefully answer all of these questions and more, but if you have any additional questions after reading it please let me know and I will endeavor to add to this post as I go.

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I’m not one who travels lightly.

Being a photography-focused travel blogger without a home base presents a unique set of challenges. I have to be very aware of what I can take with me and what I must sacrifice (usually clothing loses out over a new lens). It has been an immense learning curve over several years to find the balance of what works but I think I’m finally there.

Shooting Sarande

What I carry

CAMERAS

The most common question we receive is about which camera we use. Personally I believe that a fantastic image can be made from any camera. The photographer creates the image, not the camera. Certainly some cameras have superiority and capabilities over others, but there are professional photographers and videographers that solely use iPhones for their work and are very successful.

When selecting a camera my personal opinion is to learn first, upgrade later. Don’t rush out and buy the most expensive or even a full-frame camera until you learn the fundamentals via a smaller purchase. For a budding photographer just starting out in the DSLR world, I recommend picking up an entry level camera body (you can find great deals even for second hand) and start learning to shoot in manual modes.

For me, I’ve always shot Canon. Currently I shoot with a Canon 6D (the new Canon 6D MII is rumoured to be released July 2017) and prior to that I shot with a Canon 600D (T3i) for nearly 3 years. That entry level Canon followed us for countless kilometers around the globe and took over 50,000 photos. I learned everything with it and I’m surprised that it lasted as long as it did. I upgraded to a full frame body in 2014 when I knew that my photography was being held back by my equipment. (For tips on how to choose and buy a DSLR, go here.)

Canon 6D

For a second body we now carry a Sony a5000 with the 16-50mm f/2.8 lens. The new a6300 and a6500 (released July 2017) are the upgraded models. It’s a small and versatile mirrorless camera. The lenses are interchangeable if I ever wanted to go to a prime or telephoto lens. And the nice thing about Sony’s is that I could purchase an adapter and use my Canon lenses on it.

The camera is useful on street shoots for behind-the-scene shots as well as for street shooting. The pros to the camera are that it produces fantastic high quality RAW images, it’s compact and easy to use, and has manual settings so I can achieve the shots I’m after. The only downfall of the camera is that the sensor is very prone to getting dust spots and so we have to be very careful when changing out the lens.

a5000

For our more active and extreme experiences we use a GoPro Hero Black 4. We use it mainly for video where we can’t risk using our expensive gear. The quality is pretty exceptional.

One of the most convenient features all of our cameras have is built-in wifi capabilities so we can upload images to our social media accounts on the fly.

DRONE

Cariboo Mountains Drone Shot
In the summer of 2016 we added a drone to our arsenal of photography and videography gear. It really has brought value to our imagery and we love that it captures some unique shots that wouldn’t be possible without being airbourne. The drone we use is a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced. It is already quite outdated and we are looking to replace it with the DJI Mavic or Spark which are much more compact and easier to travel with. A word of caution is that there are strict regulations put in place for flying drones. Be sure to understand these laws as you can risk a steep fine for breaking these regulations.

GLASS

I carry 4 lenses for my 6D. I believe it is pretty well balanced for what we do considering range required, cost, and weight to carry. There are times when I get stuck switching lenses and miss a shot – which issue could be avoided by having another body or a lens with a wider zoom range – but those lenses either mean lesser overall quality or depleting our entire savings account for the best that is out there. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often.

Lenses

Going clockwise, starting from the left:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – This is my go-to lens. The versatility of focal lengths is very handy and the sharpness of this lens is very impressive.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM – This is a small, prime, pancake lens. The price is cheap but the lens is extremely sharp. We use this lens mainly for filming video, but I love to take this one to capture street scenes or for some long exposures at night.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – This is a fast, wide angle lens. It is amazing for wide open landscape shots.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM – A zoom lens which is extremely sharp. It’s outstanding for portrait photography and street shooting.

FILTERS

Filters

For all my lenses at minimum I have a high quality UV lens attached (if only to protect it when someone knocks it out of my hands onto the cement below). I carry a circular polarized UV filter for my 24-105mm and 16-35mm as these are the two lenses which I typically use for my landscape shots. The polarized filter helps give contrast to a cloudy sky, removes unwanted reflections, and improves colour. When I want to get longer exposures to achieve either a silky effect on water or some motion blur during the daytime, I carry a 6 stop and 10 stop ND filter to achieve these effects. Also in my bag is a graduated ND filter which allows me to darken certain areas of a shot while the rest remains unaffected. This filter is ideal for sunsets to make the sky pop.

MOBILE PHONES

It’s no surprise that mobile phone cameras have come a long way and fast. We travel with both an iPhone 6S (Dalene) and a Nexus 6P (Pete). Both have amazing cameras and create stunning photo and video. There are often times we don’t bring our big bulky DSLR’s when a phone will suffice.

Pixter Lenses

pixter-macro-image

Image via Pixter.fr/en

Something fun and quirky that we recently tried out were the add-on phone lenses made by Pixter. The lens just clip over your mobile’s camera and you shoot like normal. It allowed us to either get up real close with the Macro Lens, or get much wider with the wide angle lens. They are a fun way to add some creativity to your images. The only critique we had of the lenses is that they don’t work well over phone cases (which we both have and had to remove) and they fit much better on iPhones because of the protruding camera lens. Here are some of our shots:

Macro Pro Lens
We were literally able to get within millimetres of our subject to get a clear shot.

pixter-macro

Wide Angle Lens
A nice way to get more of our shot in the frame. Too many times I find myself backing up to get everything I want into the shot. This little lens solves this.

pixter-wide

TRIPOD

Essential to any photographer is a good tripod. I carry the Vanguard Alta Pro 254 and BBH-300 Ball Head. The carbon fibre has made a huge difference in the weight in my pack. The tripod is extremely sturdy and super quick to unload and setup. One of the best features of the tripod is the ability to tilt the centre column ninety degrees so it allows me to get right to street level where I like to take a lot of my shots.

Vanguard Tripod and Head
Vanguard Adapter 46

PACKS

I have two main packs. When I travel and don’t bring the drone everything goes into my F-Stop Tilopa BC pack. The best thing about the F-Stop line is the ICU units which hold all the camera gear and the ICU’s pop out of the back compartment allowing me to carry my photo gear separately. This is perfect for airplanes or buses with smaller overhead space to ensure it fits.

F-Stop Tilopa BC

When I need the drone I carry the Think Tank Airport Heli Pak. It carries everything I need and fits in most carry on compartments and under the seat.

Other Recomendations

Peak Design – For the past while I have been using products from Peak Design. The company provides camera carrying solutions including detachable straps (featured in the photo is Slide Summit Edition) hand clutch options (which I really love) and the Capture Pro which allows you to clip your camera to a bag strap or belt and carry it hands free. Our readers can earn a 10% discount on product by using the code “HECKTIC” upon checkout.

Peak-Design-Slide

Lens Coat – Since I like to take extreme care of my photo gear and protect it as much as possible, Lens Coat certainly helps me out. The picture of lenses above show the neoprene protectors and are custom made for certain lenses. The covers protect my lenses from cold and rain and the company also sent me a a rain cover specifically designed to cover my DSLR when it’s mounted on a tripod. I don’t have an excuse now to not go and shoot in the rain.

Always carry spare batteries. For each of our cameras we have at least two. This is especially helpful when we are in cold locations as batteries drain much faster. Having these spares removes some risk that we’ll run out of power.

A cleaning kit is essential. I am constantly making sure that my filters are clean. Having an air blower to blow away dust, water drops, or bits of sand will make sure I don’t ruin my image. Also I carry multiple non-abrasive cleaning cloths and plenty of cleaning fluid. I take extreme care of my equipment which in turn means I will have less issues with my gear.

Cleaning Kit

  • An intervalometer (a trigger to take photos hands free) is very useful, especially for shooting long exposures, and essential for creating time lapse. By using one it reduces any risk of camera shake due to pressing the shutter button.
  • I always carry a dry bag with me. It takes up no room and if by chance the weather takes a turn for the worse, I might get wet, but I know my camera gear will not. As well having a dry bag is especially useful when I am shooting in extremely cold climates. Before bringing a camera in from the ice cold I make sure to put it in the dry bag so it will not be affected directly by the warm air which will cause condensation and can be fatal to the internal electronic components.

SHOOTING

Quebec Sunset
I think my photography has come a long way. I look back at some of my older work and cringe, desperately wishing a do-over. But I do understand the adage of “continuous learning” and photography is no exception. In this trade I’m always learning something new. There are countless articles around the internet about how to improve your skills, but as per your requests we thought we’d give you a bit insight and tips into how we do it.

PREP
When arriving at a destination I typically take a day to explore. I will either go for a long run or Dalene and I will go for a walk to take in our surroundings. I’ll be the one aimlessly wandering up and down streets looking at angles, watching the light, gathering info about where I want to photograph. We try and take as many mental notes as possible including an idea what the sun patterns are (where and when it rises and sets) and the best vantage points. We’ll even ask some locals and tourist information offices for their opinion of the best or secret spots to watch the sun go down. Finally, we sometimes take a peek at postcards as these are generally the best spots showcasing the location.

Shooting Albania

KNOW YOUR CAMERA
It probably took me half a year to become familiar enough with my camera settings. Get out of the AUTO mode now and switch over into one of the manual modes (manual or aperture modes) to get started. Begin to understand how aperture works, how slowing down or speeding up your shutter speed will affect your photo, and how or when you should set your ISO. To learn by doing, set your camera up on a tripod and focus on a subject. Now, try changing your f-stop, shutter speed and ISO and see how your images will differ. You will start to get an idea of how each change in setting will affect your photo.

These three things one should get to know like the back of your hand. This video gives a great explanation.

SHOOT RAW
There is a big difference between shooting a RAW image and a JPG image. All DSLRs and some high end point and shoot cameras give the option which to shoot. The main differences in the two are the size of file. A RAW format image will have an incredible amount of more information versus the JPG which will give you many more options when editing. Sure it will take up much more space, but hard drives are cheap these days. A golden rule is that you can always downscale, you can’t go bigger – start with the biggest file for manipulating the photo, and then save it down for blog posts or social sharing.

SHOOT LOTS
At first, shoot lots. The best way to learn how your camera behaves is by plenty of practice. Wake up for sunrise, go out for sunset, go for a night shoot. These are all ways to learn how your camera will work in different situations.

Shooting Prague

GET DIRTY
Don’t be afraid to get dirty or look like a fool while taking a shot (just please be careful and respectful of your surroundings). Believe me, it can certainly be worth it. Don’t take the typical shot just at eye level. Maybe lie down, stand on a bench, or lean over a railing. Try and capture a unique photo that thousands of other people will not take.

EMBRACE THE NIGHT
Night photography is probably my favourite. For me it’s when cities come alive and really can test my photographic knowledge and patience. First, it’s essential to have a tripod. Granted, it is possible to shoot with a high ISO for night shots, but this will bring more digital noise into the photos. So I recommend shooting with a low ISO, small aperture (usually around f/14) and slow your shutter speed down. One last note is to make sure to remove any filters on your lens before you shoot as these could affect the quality of your photograph. Some essential tips for shooting at night can be found here.

COMPOSITION
Overall composition is certainly an important, if not the most important, aspect of photography. A well composed photograph will set itself apart from the standard shot. When shooting one subject try taking photos from three different compositions. Maybe get real low, try a different angle, look for leading lines, zoom in versus going wide, or try even tilting the lens for a unique photograph. This is a fantastic resource for framing well-composed photographs.

OVERALL
Eventually you will shoot less. You will know the settings on your camera like clock work and it will take you no time to adjust and get the right shot you are after. Keep reading articles, join discussion and photo critique groups, and have fun!

POST-PROCESSING

Every photograph should be edited. If you don’t have Lightroom or any software to edit your photos, I recommend you purchase it here. A photo should, in the very least, be cropped (if necessary) and enhanced to some degree. Despite what some may say, I believe that no image is perfect out of the camera. And this is where one can become an artist and creativity can shine.

Here are some of the suggested programs we use to edit our photographs:

For our raw images:

  • Lightroom 5.7
  • Photoshop CS6
  • DxO Optics Pro
  • On1 Perfect Photo Suite 9

For mobile edits (all available on both iOS and Android platforms):

  • Snapseed
  • Lightroom mobile
  • VSCO
  • Photoshop Elements for Mobile

To get started using Lightroom, the folks at Adobe have put together a great tutorial showing how to use the program – click here.

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OH HEY, WE DO VIDEO TOO

Did you know we have a YouTube channel? If not, it’s here – youtube.com/hecktictravels

We have over 50 videos now. Hopefully you can see our progression and how we’re working hard to improve with each one. We both are practicing to shoot better footage with all of the gear mentioned above and Dalene is the wizard behind the editing (using Final Cut ProX and creating some minor graphics in Motion 5). She credits much of her editing knowledge (and an absurd online crush) to the Ned-Flanders-esque tutorials of Larry Jordan.

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Both Dalene and I have come a long way since picking up our first digital camera, but we also acknowledge that we still have a long way to go. We welcome all of your questions or additional tips so that we can make this a useable resource page for years to come.

Please note that we have received some of the mentioned gear complimentary to test. Our opinion and reviews are always 100% genuine.

Some links listed above are affiliate links – the cost to you will be the same, but they will just earn us a small amount of income.

45 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • Sara
    April 13 2015

    Thanks for all the great advice! I’m really trying to up my photography before heading on my big trip this summer. I’m bookmarking this for future reference!

    • Pete
      April 14 2015

      Thanks Sara! Let us know if you have any questions, we’d love to help.

  • April 13 2015

    Yes, you two have come a long way!! It’s great to look back and see your old photos and see how far you’ve gone. To the future!!

    P.S. I’m sorry about your issues with your Fuji especially since I recommended it to you. Hopefully they get on it right away and fix it.

    • Pete
      April 14 2015

      To the future! And no worries about the x30, certainly not your fault. We love the images and quality, just think we got a dud unit. Hopefully we can get in touch with someone who can service 🙂

  • April 13 2015

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one.

    I noticed you’re using the Haida square ND filters. Was there any specific reason you chose these over the Hoya round? I use the same body and lenses, so I’m wondering if it has to do with ease of switching between the 77mm and 82mm lens sizes? Or is your preference based on something else? I’m trying to decide which filters to purchase. Thanks again.

    • Pete
      April 14 2015

      Hi Juliana, thanks for your comment and question. Regarding square filters for me it’s about convenience. I carry both square and circular ND’s. I prefer the square because my filter holder can hold up to three different filters so I can swap in and out. I can also select areas to have the filter on by sliding it up and down etc. The circular gives me no flexibility for this. Also the square allow my to shoot on all my lenses (67mm, 77mm and 82mm) as long as you have an adapter.

      I went with Haida for my 10 stop and have been really impressed., with the quality and the price. That being said, I’ve had some fantastic images from my circular 6 stop B+W ND. It really comes down to what you are after.

  • April 14 2015

    Love this post. Once I had a UV filter crack and scratch the glass of one of my best lenses. Not sure if the UV saved my lens or destroyed it… either way I don’t think I’ll ever use another UV filter again. It’s just one more piece of glass to get between me and a good photo. Also I would disagree with the idea that you should shoot lots. I mean if you are learning the camera then yeah, shoot as much as you can. But out in the field I think you should only shoot when there is a picture to take, otherwise just enjoy the travel experience! It’s easy to miss the experience when the camera is glued to your eye.

    • Pete
      April 14 2015

      Interesting Ed. How did you UV crack? Would there have been damage to your lens if it had not have been on? And I agree with you about the shooting less to not miss the experience. You are correct when I meant it in the learning phase. Eventually the photographer will shoot a heck of a lot less when they know what they want and how to get it. Thanks for the comment mate and happy travels!

      • April 14 2015

        I dropped the camera while cleaning it from about a foot high. Doh! The UV broke and scratched the lens. The UV is “supposed” to break first to absorb the shock but to me that’s just an excuse for putting weak-ass glass into the UV. I think the lens would have been 100% fine if I didn’t have the UV at all. Ironically the very thing that was supposed to prevent scratches ended up causing one.

        PS I’m really liking your shots on SmugMug WOW!

        • Pete
          April 16 2015

          Ouch! That’s from my understanding how the UV is supposed to help?!?! Very ironic indeed. There’s certainly a debate whether or not they impact your image, but I think your story is the first I’ve heard that it has hurt a lens.

          Another common story I’ve heard from a lot of photographers is how a lens hood saves their lenses. Which makes a lot of sense if the lens falls forward by chance…

          Thanks for the SmugMug compliment. I’m really digging your work lately too, actually I’ve always loved your work. We should actually talk about running a tour. I might have some ideas if you’d be interested.

          • April 16 2015

            I’ve never found much practical use for the hood, plus they limit your access to the lens when you want to apply a filter.

            At this point I’ve just decided to accept the higher risk to the lens with more accessibility in the short term. And something else to think about with the UV is once you add a second filter (polarizer or ND) you run the risk of mechanical vignetting, unless you want to remove the UV first which takes time in fading light.

            As for running a tour, sure I’m down (and thanks for the kind words!) I’m going to Vietnam for the next two weeks but maybe we can talk soon, send me an email and we can figure some things out.

  • Pete, I absolutely love this post. Thank you for all this great advice! I’ve been struggling to learn how you capture the sun’s rays so perfectly in your pictures. Which settings do you generally use?
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    • Pete
      April 14 2015

      Thanks Miriam, I’m glad (and I hope) that it helps 🙂 Regarding the sun’s rays it really depends. If you are talking about the sun looking like a star you will want a small aperture (high f-stop number). If you have a polarized filter that will certainly help as well.

      In post-processing you’ll want to lower your highlights and maybe adjust your contrast. Those rays should come through nicely, especially if your photo is RAW format, you’ll have more flexibility in the editing.

      Let me know if this helps and if you have any more questions. Cheers!

  • April 15 2015

    Hey Pete,

    Great article!

    Quick question. I also travel with some gear (70D, 24/70, 70/200, etc..) and I always question myself about insurance options. What do you guys use?

    Cheers
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    • Pete
      April 16 2015

      Hey Hugo,

      It’s definitely a good question. At the moment we are currently insured under our resident content insurance. At some point this will definitely have to change. I’m going to be speaking with some folks at a conference in the next couple weeks and will be discussing this with them. I will definitely get back to you with what I find out! At least I will update this post.

      Cheers,
      Pete

  • Keith
    April 15 2015

    Great post Pete! I’ve been struggling to find a good reliable review on different lens/attachments/bags for my DSLR so I really appreciate what I see here! Thanks a bunch.

    Cheers,

    Keith

    • Pete
      April 16 2015

      Hey Keith, thanks for the comment. I have a few suggestions, but I’ve been really happy with both the F-Stop and Vanguard bags. Both have been high quality. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Lindsey
    April 15 2015

    Pete,

    Thank you for taking the time to write a very thorough, informative post. I have one more area I would love for you to discuss – photo storage. Where do you keep the thousands of digital photos you take and how do you stay organized?

    Kindly

    • Pete
      April 16 2015

      Hi Lindsey, great question and I’m going to be updating the post with our memory solutions at some point.

      To answer your question, we carry external hard drives. At the moment we have 8 hard drives on us. We both carry mirrored drives and they are always in our carry luggage. In the event one loses their bag, the other has a backup of the others data. It has worked for us up to this point, but I’d be a little more nervous if I was a single traveler and carrying everything in one pack.

      Like I mentioned, this post is a WIP and will be updated. I might even be doing some suplementary posts on my process (organizing, editing, finalizing etc) or even more technical photography posts. We’ll see 🙂

  • April 18 2015

    So many great tips there! I hugely admire the quality and depth in your pictures and loved learning so much of how you do it through your guidance in this article. I hope to use your expertise and keep improving my photography as well. Thanks for the inspiration, Pete! 🙂
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  • April 19 2015

    I was going great guns with learning about photography and then had some personal setbacks which just dampened my enthusiasm. Bookmarking this post though Pete. Once I have the passion again, will be useful
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  • April 20 2015

    Feeling inspired! For some reason I only get into photography when I’m travelling, soon as I get home I have zero passion 🙁
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  • April 23 2015

    I am forever trying to improve my photography skills. I so need that tripod – my bday is coming up!
    I usually travel with more than 2 people at a time but when I get to travel solo I love the extra time I can take to set up a proper shot rather than shooting and running to catch up with my group.

    Great tips Pete!
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    • Pete
      April 26 2015

      Thanks Murissa! Vanguard is definitely quality gear for tripods. They actually just released a new line with the traveler in mind. I’m hoping to test one out shortly to see how it measures up what I am currently using.

  • April 23 2015

    A really good app I use for photography is PlanIt! for Photography. It has everything from Sun rise and set to the milky way position
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    • Pete
      April 26 2015

      Cool Dan! Thanks for the tip, I’ll check it out 🙂

  • JD Pham
    April 24 2015

    I’m a new blogger and I’ve been relying on stockimages for my articles but I’m quickly finding out that taking my own photos is the way to go. I just bought a Canon T3i so this post was extremely helpful, Thank you!

    PS. Finding out that a good lens is EXPENSIVE!

    • Pete
      April 26 2015

      Yes, quality lenses definitely don’t come cheap. Keep your eyes out for second hand lenses though. There are some really good deals sometimes 🙂

  • Great article! Although there is no way I’ll ever be able to carry this much equipment with me. I’m still using the kit lens with my Canon T3i, which probably explains why my pictures don’t look all that sharp, right?
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    • Pete
      April 26 2015

      Hi Marie-France, you should be able to get some sharp images from the T3i. Most of the time sharpness comes down to settings, stability and light. One tip, if you are shooting on a tripod make sure that your image stabilization (on the lens) is turned off. Also, a best practice for shutter speed would be whatever focal length you are at your shutter speed should be 1/x of that. For example at 50mm you should not go below 1/50 of a second. Happy shooting!

  • May 14 2015

    Good tips. I am in no way a good photographer and am slowly trying to get myself to use the Manual mode of my Olympus 4/3. Like you said, it is shooting lots so that you figure out what works. A long journey ahead, that’s for sure.
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  • May 17 2015

    Great post. I took a creative photo class with a National Geographic photographer, in Ottawa, recently. Like you, he said that if you don’t master light, composition and shoot Manual, there is no need to buy the most fancy equipment. He said to start with something that is affordable and see if you enjoy photography. He believes that if you like photography, at first it is wise to invest in lenses vs body. Like you and me he is a Canon lover. Couple months ago I bought the pancake lens (40mm) and have been impressed with the sharpness of this lens. At the moment I still shoot with my Rebel T4i and have been using this camera for trips in Asia, Europe etc. I have the budget to upgrade at the moment but weight is an issue for me. Walking for 6-7 hrs a day with equipment on me becomes heavy at times. To tell you the truth some days I feel like taking only my iPhone with me 🙂 Tell me, if you take your Rebel T3i with great lens would you still see the difference in your pics vs using the 6D with the same lenses (if they fit, of cous)? Since I shoot RAW I find that I can get nice pics with the T4i but I am wondering what I would gain with upgrading to the 6D or the 5D MarkIII.
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    • Pete
      October 13 2015

      Hi Helene, my extreme apologies for not answering this comment sooner. For some reason, this was held up in our spam filter. Anyway to answer your question, in theory the resolution from a 6D or a 5DMII or III will be better. Especially if you shoot with L series lenses. There are definitely advantages to a cropped sensor though, ie shooting wildlife or sports with a telephoto zoom lens. Here’s a really good video explaining it all in 2 minutes – http://www.slrlounge.com/school/cropped-sensor-vs-full-frame-sensor-tips-in-2/

  • October 13 2015

    Hey guys! Great gear write up. I keep toeing the line on upgrading my Sony NEX, which just doesn’t do what I want on manual mode. The thing I can’t figure out is how to have a camera that I’ll actually carry on hikes or while bike touring (which we do a lot). Hard to carry that gear when I only have a couple panniers, ya know?

    I’m increasingly frustrated by the limitations of my current set up though, so perhaps it’s time to make the leap. Heck, the GoPro on 4k can shoot just about anything anyway.

    Btw, love the videos you’ve been putting out. I’ve been playing around a lot with editing lately and find it 1) fun and 2) hard to make it high quality! The difference mindset for video vs photography is an excellent challenge.

    Keep up the awesome work. My wife and I love your honest, fun approach to travel and writing. Here’s to more adventures on the road!

    Cheers,

    Dakota
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    • Pete
      October 13 2015

      Thanks Dakota. I keep hearing good things about Sony and Fuji mirrorless, but I’m not at the point of investment yet. Most of the time I don’t mind hauling the heavy gear, but I won’t lie, I do curse sometimes. There are definitely really quality mirrorless options that are worth looking at. In fact, we might be shopping for Dalene when we get back to Canada 🙂

      • October 31 2015

        I’ve done a lot of research on the full-frame mirrorless from Sony (the A7 series) and think either the A7 or the A7s are fantastic cameras. The A7sii is what I’m leaning toward for it’s insane ISO capabilities as well as 4k internal video. It seems like the perfect photo-journalism or documentary run-and-gun camera. Hard to go wrong with all the great new (relatively) low-cost options out there.
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  • Frank
    October 28 2015

    I switched from a DLSR to the Sony a6000 and really like the smaller size and lower weight. The 16-50mm kit lens is surprisingly good. Also have a Sigma 30mm 2.8 and the Sony 55-200mm zoom. Everything fits in a Lowepro Adventure 140 bag and is still surprisingly light. I probably could get even better images from a more expensive, heavier and bigger DSLR (20% better pictures?) but the small size and low weight is more important to me.

  • November 19 2015

    Very cool article. This will be a fantastic resource for those looking to take up photography. Appreciate the work you put into this post. Keep up the awesome work!

  • What a great post – thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

    Funny, I have an intervalometer, but didn’t realize that’s what it’s called 🙂 I have an entry level Nikon DSLR that I tend to store away until it’s time to travel. I really need to keep it out and “practice” more so I can get used to the settings.
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  • Tiffany
    April 23 2016

    This isn’t a question about your photography (which is amazing), but about your shop. Do you have your own company that does the prints for you, or do you partner with a company? I think it’s a great idea and would love to know more about it.

    • April 25 2016

      Hi Tiffany! Thanks for your very kind words. We do partner with Smug Mug, who hosts our photos for sale here (http://photography.hecktictravels.com/browse). Whenever anyone asks to purchase a particular photo, we upload it there and then they are free to purchase it in whatever size/format they like!

  • Izwan
    July 16 2016

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Stumbled your blog while wandering around the internet. Great!

  • September 13 2016

    Great read, I can’t get over how good your images are! Invaluable tips, need to start saving for a new camera.

    Keep up the good work.
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  • Siggi Einarson
    January 26 2017

    This is a great post! I have recently been trying to up my photography game and it is pretty tough to get into. There is a lot of information out there that, to be honest, I don’t quite understand yet! 🙂 I will definitely be bookmarking this page 🙂

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