IN THE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM, TRAVEL OFTEN INVOLVES A LOT OF GEAR.
There are always numerous cameras, lenses, and other devices that are often needed to produce quality work on the road. While it is easy to be quickly bogged down with gear, in some circumstances, a few quality multi-functional items can be all the tools you need for a successful trip. This was my recent experience on a trip to Mexico, where I was able to produce quality material with just an iPhone 7+ and a DJI Mavic Pro, both of which fit easily in a single backpack with room to spare.
IPHONE 7 PLUS
The new iPhone 7 Plus can really be a game-changer when it comes down to the ability to travel light as a vlogger. The 12MP camera also has 2X optical zoom, which allows for crisp photos without pixelation. Additionally, the camera is splash and water resistant, so while you may not be able to take it in the water, you can get close to the action without fear of damaging the phone. Additional features such as slo-motion and time-lapse video and portrait mode for a depth-of-field effect all provide plenty of shooting options.
DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE
This amazing quadcopter can fly at speeds up to 40mph and has a range of up to 4.3 miles. It can be controlled with your iPhone and can track individuals for a variety of different shots. While it cannot handle wind as well as the Inspire, it still provides a stable image as long as the gusts aren’t too strong. Most importantly, the difference in footage quality between the Pro and the Inspire is almost unnoticeable, and the Pro can still get you great cinematic shots or people and places. Yes, there will be some trips, some circumstances, where packing less just isn’t possible. But most of us at one time or another have packed too much, and spent at least part of the trip regretting all those “must-have” items weighing us down. It is possible to be a vlogger and travel light, so if you are considering gear for your own adventures, keep these two items in mind as a way to save some space, while still providing all of the tools you need to tell your story.