Taking a great shot isn't always about great equipment (lenses, filters, tripods etc) sometimes it's just about being in the right place at the right time. Let's see some cheap cameras taking priceless shots!
Our RTW camera was a Nikon Coolpix (at less than 200 quid a few years back), and we learnt that the best photos can just be about travellers luck!
Our favourite two pictures have both appeared on our blog. The pure chance of seeing Matt running up the steps at Angkor Wat being pursued by 2 monks, orange robes contrasting against the grey of the ancient temple was one of my personal fabvourites (Carla). Whilst a chance encounter with 5 grey kangaroos at sunrise on a deserted beach at Cape Hillsborough on Australia's East Coast was one of Matt's favourites.
The photo to the right was taken in 2002 with a Kodak DC280 - a battery eating 2.1 megapixel camera - that I eventually lost in Hawaii. It was a very average camera, one of the early consumer digitals.
Even with average cameras it's possible to capture great shots - those small moments in time where everything comes together, and you're in the right place!
Spotting those is part of the art of photography 😊
That Kangaroos on the Beach shot is arguably one of the best on travelblog!! I love it, a personal favorite.
as for me, this trip was entirely shot with a point and shoot Canon A95: The Perseid Surprise
and a favorite from that trip:
I also used the same camera to take all the shots from this post:2 days in Zion National Park
and my favorite from that trip:
I use a Canon powershot A410 which was only £150 three years ago when I bought it - probably a lot less now! To be honest, it is actually impossible to take bad photos of some places but my favourites would have to be these - especially the hummingbird that actually sat still for me to get close enough!
My camera was crap. A battered and bruised Pentax Optio 6, sounds good and flashy but really it sucked. Still, I managed to take this photo when in Shanghai - totally random timing.
It was about 5/6 in the evening and i was making my way back to the university when this VERY low lying storm came in out of nowhere. The clouds were thick and very black, so it blocked out almost ALL of the sunlight. Since it was only 5/6 as well, there were absolutely no lights on the street, in homes and in offices.
The result was complete, utter blackness. It really reminds me of Gotham City. A desolate concrete jungle, abandoned for its evil and lifelessness. A place where money talks and the soul does't shine.
That's why we need BATMAN
PS Excellent hangover routine Ali, mine is rather similar! :P
I have a cannon ixus 60 point and shoot digital camera. I have never had any lessons and am teaching myself by taking LOTS of photos. You take 20 or so and 1 works out! thank goodness for digital and the screen, so you know if it was good or bad.... I still remember my grandmother (back in the day of film) every time she took a photo - well better take another one, incase that one didnt work out! I would love to do a photography course though... maybe in a few years when the kids are a bit older. Plus I havent been anywhere too exotic, these photos are from Queensland Australia (where I live ) and the USA
Took these with a Canon Powershot (can't remmeber the model) but it was only £200ish.
Rather oddly one of my favourites was at Cape Hilsborough too!!
I love that kangaroo lying down pic!
If your travelling with a laptop then another good way of making your pics even better is to carry some type of image editing software, such as Adobe Elements or Pinnacle Studio. Being able to make the smallest adjustments to your pics can often turn an ordinary shot into a great shot 😊
WOW! The lying kangaroo is a perfect photo!!!
You should do something with that!!!!!
that kangaroo is amazing.... nice shot
haha, did you pay the kangoroo for posing like that? or is it on of your friends in a pretty good costume?
Thanks for the nice comments everyone.
Luckily he didn't need bribing! I just got lucky and as he was wandering(skipping??) down the beach he just stopped and laid down for 5mins or so.
I did have to wake up at 6.30am to get it though!!