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Offline Akhil

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Travel photography help required
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:05:40 AM »
Hello,
I am using Canon 77D with 18-135 mm lens. I love to travel and interested in taking photos of people and landscape. I am quite new to photography and been doing this for couple of years with my kit lens, I want to take this to the professional level. I am looking forward to suggestion for lens which will cater both my needs. Or the lens I mentioned is sufficient for it?

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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 05:12:49 AM »
Hello Akhil.

I suppose that an obvious-to-most-folks answer might be some sort of top of the line lens or lenses, but I am not sure yet.

What do you mean by "the professional level?"

Do you mean being able to make images that stir the soul, move one to action, make one laugh, or make one cry?  Really great photographers can stir the soul with just about any good camera and good lens.  Naturally, they want good gear, but their talent transcends their equipment.

I was just looking at your gear online.  I'm thinking that the equipment you have is very nice and is quite capable of delivering good images, especially as one is growing into the hobby.  Of course, up-line gear might help make your images technically better to some small degree, and maybe even a little more easily gotten.  But that does not normally affect one's photography nearly so much as developing one's talent for image-making.

Have you taken any photography workshops?  One can learn a lot by studying the work of people whose images one likes.  You mentioned travel.  Do you want to keep your equipment to a minimum when traveling?  That might affect your equipment list.  Have you considered a good, small tripod?  The softness we see in images is often traceable to camera motion.

Best of luck with your decision.

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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 08:10:24 AM »
Thank you Sir for your input.
I have seen lots of videos and read blogs which emphasizes on right equipment for photography. As this is my newly found passion, perhaps the only passion I have developed in 27 years life, I might be over thinking.

Being a professional I mean to take might be just one or two shots in my life, which I will be proud of. Since I love to travel and write stories on my blog, I want to grow my career on this genre of photography.

I am engineering professional and have little time out of my work. And there is no workshops where I live, therefore I prefer to learn from youtube,blogs of professional photographer. But now I do feel that workshops are mandatory. Or can I ask around the professional who could take me as an assistant for particular assignments? Is this a good way to learn?

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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 06:44:28 PM »
Hello again, Akhil.

There certainly is a wealth of knowledge available at our fingertips on the web.  Just thinking about the self-development aspect of it, I am wondering if you might find some group of photo enthusiasts with whom you can associate, meet, and go on shooting excursions.  There may be other like-minded folks not far from you.   You might find out by becoming acquainted with the fine people who frequent websites like this one or the JJMehta Photography Forum.

As far as extending your technical capabilities goes, and with special regard for travel and portraiture on a budget, Canon appears to have an affordable solution that may help you.  Specifically, Canon offers a bundling of the 50mm f1.8 and an EFS 11~18 superwide zoom.  Here's a link where you can see the product.

The fast fifty will give you the ability to shoot in low light, and can be useful for portraiture and other applications where the wide aperture can deliver nice out-of-focus backgrounds.  The 11~18 can extend your ability to get really wide angle views recorded.

There are other solutions available in Canon's premium products, but at substantially higher cost.  As you grow into the hobby, you can selectively choose highly specialized equipment to address specific challenges.  I am thinking that you might first develop some friendships with people who have traveled that path already, and see how they have made their equipment choices.

I know that traveling light, without a lot of gear may be important too, but I would be remiss if I did not say again how important a good, small tripod is to have in your kit.

Happy Day.   :)
Henry
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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 10:25:08 AM »
Thanks Sir,
I will definitely look for some photographers with whom I can associate for excursions. This certainly would help me. I will post on this forum as well as the other you mentioned for any information on photography outings to which I could join.
The canon does offer the lenses I need (50mm F1.8 was suggested by many) and I will order that soon.

And yes, my kit will have a small, sturdy tripod.  :)


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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 04:02:18 PM »
Hello,
I am using Canon 77D with 18-135 mm lens. I love to travel and interested in taking photos of people and landscape. I am quite new to photography and been doing this for couple of years with my kit lens, I want to take this to the professional level. I am looking forward to suggestion for lens which will cater both my needs. Or the lens I mentioned is sufficient for it?

People have taken stunning pics with their i-phone
If you share your pics and subject we might be able to recommend something.
http://yndpics.blogspot.com

Best accessory of camera is 3" behind it,
And mine needs an upgrade. . . ;)

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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2017, 09:59:27 AM »


People have taken stunning pics with their i-phone
If you share your pics and subject we might be able to recommend something.


Sir I have tried to upload the pic here, but there seems to be some problems as the process is denied. I have followed all prerequisites of size of attachment. Still unable to do so.

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Re: Travel photography help required
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2017, 03:56:00 PM »
To share your flickr pic follow this tutorial.

http://www.photographyclubofindia.com/boards/index.php?topic=75.0
http://yndpics.blogspot.com

Best accessory of camera is 3" behind it,
And mine needs an upgrade. . . ;)