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4 photography tips for solo travelers

Take the best photos even when you’re alone!

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Traveling solo is a therapeutic activity when you badly need a break. It’s also a good time to immerse yourself in a new place, learn its culture, and take wonderful photos of your adventures.

Most places aren’t safe for solo travelers. It’s even more difficult to take photos of places where there’s a possibility of dropping your camera or having it stolen. Reality check: These are common issues we deal with when we travel, and the risk is higher when you’re traveling solo.

Singapore and Taipei are cities with low crime rates, safe for solo travelers. But even during my travel in both cities, I still find it difficult to shoot and ask a local to take my portraits. I have this constant fear of trusting a stranger with my camera.

Fortunately, Sony Alpha photographer Charmaine Yap of TriPeaksImagery hosted a talk providing tips on taking the best photos during your solo travel. She was using Sony’s newest a6400 and the photos she presented were breathtaking.

Yap knows the struggle of every solo traveler, and more importantly, she’s a photographer. Here’s what I learned:

Bring only what you need

When you’re traveling solo, every pocket of space counts. Instead of bringing different cameras, plan your trip and decide what you need.

 

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Yap highlights the importance of having a flexible setup. As a photographer, it’s tempting to bring different lenses for different occasions, but you don’t really need all of them.

What you can do: Bring a mirrorless camera to remove excess weight in your baggage, and a lens ideal for the place you’ll visit.

Choose a camera that can be your travel companion

Yap took the Sony a6400 on her recent trip to Hanoi, Vietnam and she instantly fell in love with it. The a6400 is a lightweight camera with a flip screen for selfie-takers and vloggers. Its interval shoot function is perfect for time-lapses and taking travel photos of yourself without an additional remote control, as you can set the number of photos to be taken once you press the shutter button.

 

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Since you need to capture scenes quickly, you’ll need a fast camera. Yap’s advice is to make sure you set the autofocus mode to AF-C, expand the flexible spot, and set the drive mode to continuous shooting. Whenever your subject moves, your camera will track it and capture with accuracy.

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Check out this video I took when I was in Singapore’s IT SHOW 2019 and see for yourself how incredible the a6400’s real-time eye AF and tracking are.

Go slow, but move fast

The best moments happen in the blink of an eye, but you won’t notice one if you’re quick to look away. You need to observe your surroundings the instant you step into a new place. Take cues and look around. If you’re always rushing from one place to another, you won’t be able to capture a place’s story. However, you need to shoot quickly because once the moment is done, you won’t have another chance.

 

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Have a list for uninspired days

Yap said, “People think photography should be spontaneous and emotional.” However, it’s not always the case. There are days when you can’t get up and bring yourself to express creatively. Take a break, think of the days ahead, write an uninspired list, and see how you can capture the stuff you want to shoot to the best of your abilities.

Remember that life is not a competition of who has the most spontaneous or most emotional photo; rather, it’s a collection of moments savored from your journey. So, where’s your next solo destination?

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Canon’s full-frame EOS R5 mirrorless camera can shoot 8K

It’s also the first EOS R with in-body stabilization

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With the announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines, it was also revealed that the EOS R5 is already in the works. Rumors have finally come to an end after Canon confirmed its existence.

EOS R is Canon’s full-fledged mirrorless lineup that was launched last 2018. The EOS R and EOS RP haven’t aged that much, but another successor is already being developed.

Both models received mixed bags of praises and criticisms. However, one known problem is the lack of stabilization. Older models rely only on stabilization found on the RF lenses. The R5 will finally have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and it’s the first EOS R camera to do so.

Another highlight feature is the ability to shoot 8K videos. It can be extracted as high-resolution images — most likely 33-megapixel stills just like in the Galaxy S20 series. 8K footages can also be downscaled to higher 4K quality for crisper details.

There’s also the high-speed continuous shooting which Canon has aced in their DSLR bodies over the years. It can approximately take continuous shots of up to 20fps through Electronic Shutter (ES) and 12fps when Mechanical Shutter (MS) is in use.

Shooting with 8K means you need a lot of storage space. Dual media card slots will be implemented, similar to the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark III. They’re also creating a system setting that will automatically import images through Canon’s cloud system.

Other than R5’s sudden announcement, Canon also plans to release nine new RF lenses this 2020 — including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x. These are just some improvements made by Canon to alleviate the concerns of EOS R’s concept when it comes to speed, comfort and image quality.

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Canon officially launches the EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines

Beyond exceptional full-frame DSLR

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After four years, Canon Philippines has finally launched the EOS-1D X Mark III. This full-frame DSLR camera is Canon’s latest flagship model, replacing the old EOS 1D-X Mark II from 2016.

Their latest DSLR is their best offering for both professional photographers and videographers alike. Aside from its superior image quality, power users can also enjoy recording high-quality 4K videos.

Canon is very clear with their intended market. This full-frame camera is meant for professionals who are into sports, action, wildlife, and news coverage.

The Ultimate EOS

Canon has developed a new 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for the 1D X III. There’s also the enhanced DIGIC X image processor which promises 380 times faster computational processing. It’s also three times faster than the previous DIGIC 6+ found inside 1D X II. The main processor is paired with the DIGIC 8 which helps in auto exposure, auto focusing, and color profiles.

With an upgraded processor, the ISO sensitivity maximizes up to 102,400 (expandable up to 819,200). This means better output even in low-light conditions. The increased number of AF (autofocus) points — from 61 to 191 — helps in shooting details with precision. Also, there are 65 cross-type AF points when you set the aperture at f/8, a helpful feature for extenders especially when you shoot for sports or wildlife photography.

Speed

With a new image sensor in mind, the latest full-frame DSLR offers 40 times faster performance compared to its predecessor. There’s also a new mirror system which helps achieve higher rate in burst shooting — from 16fps, if you’re using the viewfinder, or up to 20fps when you shoot using Live View.

For fast-moving subjects, Canon has Eye Tracking as well as Face and Head Tracking. If you turn on silent shooting, you can shoot up to 20fps burst speed, ideal for sensitive situations or those that require full silence and concentration. The dual CFexpress card slots allows the 1D X Mark III to have a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots — both RAW and JPEG.

Quality

Image and video quality are both exceptional with the 1D X Mark III. This is the first EOS DSLR that’s capable of storing 10-bit HEIF file, which is half the size of a JPEG file but four times better in quality with improved color data and lesser artifacts. The added HDR PQ support improves the shot’s dynamic range, reducing the need for RAW and additional color correction. You can also do HEIF conversion to JPEG with the almost the same quality as shot with HDR PQ.

If you’re a videographer who’s thinking of getting this beast, it can record 4K UHD videos without cropping. It’s also capable of shooting 4K with the DCI standard. This isn’t exclusive to cinematic films as broadcast-quality footages can also be shot through 5.5K 60p RAW.

There’s also the support of Canon Log 10-bit video output ideal for HDR footages and high-contrast scenes that require advanced editing. If you’re concerned with high-speed shooting, this DSLR can shoot 120p and 100p videos in Full HD resolution.

Reliability

This latest DSLR has a newer camera build. It’s now built with a sturdier magnesium alloy that’s both tough and light at the same time. It’s also weather-sealed with dust-and-moisture resistance features, ideal for harsh weather conditions.

The shutter mechanism is reliable enough that it will last you up to 500,000 cycles — a significant improvement over Mark II’s 400,000 actuations. On top of that, there’s a bump in battery life even when it uses the same battery as its predecessor — from 1200 shots up to 2800 shots — in the newer model.

File transfer speeds are improved, thanks to the new built-in WiFi plus Canon’s SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1 Gen 2. It’s also equipped with built-in GPS, Bluetooth for better connectivity, and geo-tagging. The optional wireless transmitter (WTF-E9) comes with dual antennas that are compatible with fast Dual Band speeds.

Pricing and availability

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is PhP 399,998. It will be available on authorized Canon Dealerships nationwide by the end of February 2020. For early buyers, you can save as much as PhP 7000 if you’ll buy their Special Promo Bundle worth PhP 26,698 which includes a 512GB CFExpress card and reader.

With Canon’s commitment to excellent service, they offer the CPS (Canon Professional Services) Membership with dedicated service support, discounted repair costs, unlimited cleaning, and free lens trial of up to three times.

If you also register through the Red App, it will give you an additional year of standard warranty, invites to exclusive events, and points to get gifts and vouchers.

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The Fujifilm X100V makes viewfinder-shooting fun again

Classic-looking, packed with modern features

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Fujifilm just announced the fifth-generation of X100 — the Japanese company’s premium compact digital camera. With its classic and sophisticated design, the X100V exudes a vintage vibe while packing modern features.

For starters, it has a tilting rear LCD monitor, enabling easier shooting in difficult scenarios. However, it also has an evolved version of its Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder. It lets you switch between optical and electronic viewfinders.

If that sounds martian to you, optical viewfinder lets you capture your subject as it is. On the other hand, electronic viewfinder reflects any adjustments you make to suit different shooting conditions.

Additionally, the X100V is equipped with the latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 for better image processing, combined with Fujifilm’s signature color reproduction technology. Now, everything will look premium!

Lastly, Fujifilm specifically designed a lens for the X100V, which uses two aspherical lens elements to deliver extreme sharpness in high resolution and contrast.

The Fujifilm X100V will retail for Php 79,990 (US$ 1575).

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