In my role as a Google Guide, I frequently take pictures and occasional videos of the places and restaurants I visit while traveling or staying local. While this has been a slow year for traveling or even going out, I have been keen to take photos and inspire everyone who will be traveling post-pandemic.
For the most part, I use my Google Pixel phone camera. It’s adequate for quick posting of plates and dishes of food, and can be fairly ubiquitous as everyone lives on their phones these days.
While traveling, I used either my pocket shooter, a Canon SX720 (Great zoom, quality images) or my Bridge Camera, A Nikon B700 (Goes from Close up to insane zoom without changing lenses, and sends images to phone via Bluetooth app).
On occasion I carry my DSLR, a Nikon D5600, But it requires a larger bag for the additional lenses and accessories. I have to say it has more controls and post-processing options than the Nikon B700 Bridge camera, especially when adding filters for effect, or doing time lapse photography. When you are traveling or taking quick shots for a restaurant review, the compact nature of the Google phone or the Canon SX720 make it easier to take and post quality pictures.
Even if you are not a Google guide, I hope my pictorial reviews will inspire you to better photography and good choices with cameras for your photographic adventures!
Thanks for reading my blog, and hoping all your shots are good ones!
While planning a trip to Belize, I realized I needed a camera that can go from the mountains to the beaches, so it needed to be waterproof, and fairly rugged. I was already planning on taking my pocket shooter – but this trip had a lot of adventure tours; meaning that I would not want my expensive DSLR or Bridge camera along. I needed something different.
The GoPro is Ideal; can take pictures or movies, has an Waterproof case for underwater shots, and has numerous adapters for helmets, bikes, chest mount, and more!
Since I am always looking for the better way, I called my cousin Barry Shapiro, who does commercial television and movie productions. Barry said his crew was using GoPro’s and “cheap action cameras” because of their capability, size, versatility, and the fact that they are easily and cheaply replaceable. I have to admit, this sounded really good, so I took his advice and bought
I liked this camera (there are lots of choices!) because it came with some basic accessories, two batteries, and could shoot at 16 megapixels. Since it was well under a hundred dollars, I immediately decided to accessorize!
This gave me a carrying case, floating strap, chest, head, and arm mounts, and more. I was like a kid in a candy store – and I had not yet spent $100!!! My Cousin Barry told me all the guys on set use this action mount to put a camera almost anywhere – So I bought that too! It is versatile and strong enough to hold my other cameras as well!
FYI: I bought everything from Amazon, because I am a Prime member and could get everything within a few days. I also wanted to test out the equipment and understand it before the trip, and become familiar with it. As for the pocket shooter I was taking, I have a waterproof case to transport it, so I could use it without having to dismount the Action cam. The Pocket shooter (a Canon) has a long zoom and more settings than the Action cam – They complement each other well.
You can get everything from eBay as well; Here are some links:
WELCOME! Cameras were once the domain of serious professionals with expensive lenses, exotic film and developing chemicals, and limited opportunities due to the cost and limitations of film photography.
Today the camera built into our cell phones liberates us from the old days of film cameras and brings us into the new film and video age. But cameras are not obsolete; we all like to have a pictorial record of our lives and travels. We also enjoy when the images are clear, sharp, and capable of being blown up to poster size or printable on a mug or Tshirt. For me, carrying several cameras is fun and lets me take some amazing shots. Here is the camera stock I carry:
Bridge camera – Nikon CoolPix B700 Long Zoom camera with 60x zoom, wifi, Bluetooth, eyepiece and swing out LCD screen. Usually set on full Automatic, in a case logic nosebag with a hand strap. You never have to change the lens – it goes from Close-in Wide angle to the equivalent of a 1440mm DSLR lens. Great when you have limited carry space (international trip, picnic, beach) where you only are carrying a small bag but want the features of a bigger camera.
DSLR – Nikon D5600, with 18-55mm and 70-300mm zoom lenses with Autofocus and Vibration reduction. Kept in a Nosebag or a Tamrac sling bag, with a leather palm grip. I also carry spare batteries, charger, sd cards, and filters (gradient, CPL, UV) in the Tamrac bag. (My tripod is in the car). when I want the benefit of the larger lens, more exposure control, and a kick ass DSLR, this is what I carry. Regardless of what camera you carry, I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it and wonderful memories. Please read my blog for camera tips, personal experiences, and ideas on how you can use your camera(s) to enhance and enrich your life.