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written by gregor December 26, 2015
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 I do often get questions about what equipment I use for my photography and blogging. It is time for me to share what I use and my personal recommendations for you in this blog post

During the last years I have tried out so many gear just curious what works best for me during my travels and photowalks through the city of Vienna. I usually carry way to much in my bag just to be very sure I do not miss any opportunity for making THE shot in Vienna or abroad or being in the mood and inspiration of writing THE perfect blog post, or simply run of out of smartphone battery cause I have left my mobile charger at home. So it’s always a balance and challenge what to carry with me and what to leave home in Vienna, always…

What is the right gear, how do I choose what equipment is the best for me… well not easy to explain but it is a constant process for me. Yes honestly I am always driven by news and innovations but on the other hand does a new, better equipment really drive value to you, my clients and me? Does it make a difference? Sometimes yes but in most cases to be honest not …or not as much as I was thinking of before the purchase. As I travel a lot I love portability and the equipment needs to be relatively light and easy to carry with me. Too heavy equipment makes me not using it in the long run.

What is in my bag now?

Smartphone & photo editing Apps


I use a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Though it is not small device, rather a phablet (mix of smartphone and tablet) its perfect for me. I love the big bright screen which gives me enough space to have nearly all important Apps on the home screen. Especially for photography the editing of pictures is much more easier on big screens for me. The camera offers 16 Megapixels which is a quite high resolution for a smartphone camera. Two things I love the most is the superb Low Light performance ..for a smartphone it is really stunning …and the different Cameras Modes especially the  “Pro Mode” gives me a lot of flexibility to change settings for photography, exactly how I want it. For editing my photos I use several photo editing Apps on my smartphone.  I mostly use Google  Snapseed (free) and  VSCOCam for giving the pictures the specific analog film look with filters. The VSCOCam App is also free of charge with some filters for free. If  you want you can purchase in the App additional  filterpacks , for a small amount appx 1-3 Euros) Depending on the photo  I prefer the  VSCO filters A4, HB1, M5 and S2. If I post on  Instagram Page  I use do additionally sharpen and brighten the picture, but just a bit (10-15%).

Digital Camera

I currently use a Sony Alpha A7 Mark II. It is a Mirror less Digital camera. The Sony has  a full frame censor so it offers very good quality especially in Low Light conditions. In combination with a Carl Zeiss Zoom (24 to 70mm) you get crystal clear pictures and the Sony camera is still portable enough to carry it around several hours without and (neck) problems. In my bag  I carry always  a second Sony battery and three 32GB SDRAM cards.
Notebook & Software for Blogging & photography

I used to work several years on a Windows notebook recently switched to an Apple  MacBook Pro for blogging and photograph editing. My Mac has a 13,3inch Retina screen. The notebook is portable enough to carry around and offers you more then enough performance for Photo editing using Adobe Lightroom 6 CC.  For blogging I use the WordPress platform, hosted by WordPress itself. There is also a possibility to use other WordPress.org and switch to another poster but at the current stage I am quite happy with the performance and security it offers.  I never had any performance issues  or my Blog has been hacked.

Notebook and stylus 


I always carry a Moleskine with me for taking notes. It is to fast capture ideas, write down spontaneous inspirations. Also if I have great conversations I ask if I can take handwritten notes, its for me more personal and the person I talk to can actually see what I write down. Some use their Smartphone or Notebook, I prefer do it handwritten.

Bag

I use a HugoBoss  work-bag model Magnusy  Its big enough to carry a lot of equipment and still has a stylish look. I am not a fan of dedicated photo rucksacks to be honest, yes it offers you best protection but i have not seen any model which I like, and second its pretty obvious that the photo bags are a perfect target for thieves.

Recommendations for you

Now what can I recommend as the best equipment? There is definitely some hints I can share. First is the process of deciding what to buy.

For choosing your photography equipment  I would highly recommend leveraging as many as possible information sources. Look for photography Online test-portals. I prefer the www.dpreview.com page as it offers extensive testing of products combined with user discussion forums. In addition I look at YouTube Channels of photographers and check their test  videos and reviews. I subscribed my favorites   DIGITALREV.TV , B&H and Chelsea&Tony.  Last but not least ask friends about their camera recommendations, some photography shops let you even rent cameras for a day so you can familiarise with the equipment of desire.

For notebooks it is simple a matter of personal preference. Main decision to make is if you like to be part of the Apple family and leveraging their portfolio or more tend to use the Microsoft Windows world. In Windows world you can choose between several notebook manufacturers. If you travel a lot the portability should be a key criterion, for the hard drive I would go for minimum 256GB of space preferable 512GB. Although there are several possibilities to use external Harddrives you definitely don’t want to run out of disk space on your internal hard drive believe me, its a pain in the neck the cleaning activities, for me at least. Screen size is a tricky one, as portability and large size is always a trade of. A good compromise would be between 12 to 13,3 inch still large enough to do some reasonable blogging and picture editing and not too big and fits in your travel bag. If 13,3inch is still too small for long blogging  or photo editing sessions I use an external 24inch Monitor at home which offers me best working conditions.

Same applies for smartphones, its a matter of personal preference to choose Android or iPhones platform. Both platforms offer you nearly same Apps to download and user experience is getting more and more similar. Android has a little edge as you can choose many mobile devices from different brands. So here some flexibility possible if you like or need it. As said from the camera perspective I use Samsung Galaxy S6Edge+ which offers me all flexibility in the Pro-mode I want.

If you have a further questions about the equipment do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to share my experience.

Curious to know what photography and blogging equipment to you use? What is in your bag? Let me know….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 comments

herr_schiller December 27, 2015 at 16:46

Klasse Artikel! Wir nutzen praktisch das gleiche Equipment!

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gregorsideris December 27, 2015 at 16:49

Vielen Dank! Das freut mich sehr! Ja es macht so richtig Spass mit dem Equipment zu arbeiten! Lg aus Wien✌️

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misterflopatrick December 27, 2015 at 17:23

Yeah! Echt super! Weiter so Gregor!!! 🙂

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gregorsideris December 27, 2015 at 17:24

Danke Patrick ?

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Jeremy December 27, 2015 at 17:30

Nice. I always like to see what other photographers are carrying and using day to day.

I’ve been following you on Instagram since I last visited Vienna earlier this year. Great photos!

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gregorsideris December 27, 2015 at 17:32

Thanks Jeremy! Really appreciate. Yes it’s so much to care of? What are you using for your photography?

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Jeremy December 28, 2015 at 22:53

I use a Canon Rebel T3 for about 90% of my shots. I also have an old iPhone 4 that I’ll sometimes use. Looking to add an “in between” option in 2016. Maybe a small Fujifilm. We’ll see.

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Lukas December 28, 2015 at 20:56

Hey Gregor 🙂 Awesome blogpost ! Thanks a lot for sharing all your tipps

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gregorsideris December 28, 2015 at 21:41

Thanks so much for the feedback!

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The London Blog December 29, 2015 at 12:03

awesome blog post Greg . I must work on mine some day lol

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fortyeighthrsin January 19, 2016 at 14:34

Love this! It’s always super interesting to find out what other people are using! Really love your photos on instagram too! 🙂

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gregorsideris January 19, 2016 at 14:46

Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Yes agree I am often asking people about their experiences with specific tools and equipment. If you need additional Info happy to share. Greg

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Jim Hughes May 9, 2016 at 20:14

An excellent blog entry about photography and writing. I am a freelance writer and outdoor photographer. For writing I go the old fashion way, pen and tablet. For research, I use the evernote app on my iphone5, ipad, and the website for my apple macbook pro. Evernote syncs across all platforms. I believe they have a Android app as well.

For photography, as Chase Jarvis says “the best camera is the one in your hand”.
I take a lot of photos with the iphone 5s. My go to apps are ProCamera , vividHDR, and Autostich for panoramic photos. I use the app Transfer to move photos from the iphone to the ipad or macbook pro. For editing on the ipad, I like Snapseed.

I do have a DSLR as well. I photograph with the Nikon D7000. My go to lens is the Tamron 16mm to 300mm. This lens is on my camera 95 percent of the time. Other lens include a Tokina 10mm to 24 wide angle, and a Nikkor 180mm macro lens. When I use the DSLR, a tripod or monopod is a must. I have both a manfrotto tripod with a manfrotto ball head as well as a manfrotto monopod.

My editing app is Adobe Lightroom 5. I have been using Lightroom since its inception.

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gregorsideris May 9, 2016 at 20:36

Hi Jim!
Many thanks for all the extensive information. Really very good details and shows all the possibilities for photographers. Fully agree on your quote of Chase Jarvis. I also watched many videos on YouTube of Chase
and love it. I do plan a Blog post about how to easy create and fast videos for bloggers soon. Happy so get your expertise and insights too. Have a great evening, Greg

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