The Only 3 Full-Frame Lenses You Need for Travel Photography

For the photographers whose studio extends far beyond the four walls, and for jetsetters and road warriors who are called to a life of travel photography, full-frame lenses are key. Any photographer loves new glass and photography is like any passion or hobby — there are so many amazing, shiny tools that can get a job done.

But when you’re traveling, it’s not just about performance, but also weight, versatility, and durability. You can’t just pack up everything including the kitchen sink. You have to choose your tools wisely and shoot simply while on the road. So here is a list of the top travel lenses for photographers ready to capture and photograph the world.

But before I go into discussing the list, I want to give a quick tip that I’ve learned over the years when I travel: unless your job requires it, leave the prime lenses at home. While there are some fantastic options out there, especially for portrait photography, prime lenses lack the versatility and range of a zoom lens. Every trip I’ve gone on, I’ve always brought a prime, and every time, it’s gone unused because I have more reliable, versatile lenses I grab first. Save yourself the extra weight and skip the prime lenses for job on the road.

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24 Hours Inside San Francisco’s Hotel Zeppelin

While the rest of the country is happily ensconced in the depths of summer, San Francisco is sticking to its on-brand misery, stubbornly abstaining from sun and happiness with its torturous mix of rain, pre-winter temperatures, and gale-force winds. Visiting San Francisco in summer is a near pointless exercise.

Some of the city’s hospitality providers are more aware of this fact than others. See, a hotel in this weather-challenged city has to take into account sometimes, guests may prefer to hang out in the hotel itself rather than face whatever godawful fate awaits them outside the door. And so, a hotel must provide not just sustenance but entertainment as well, in tasteful, well-designed surrounds that make one’s incarceration as appealing as possible.

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Tourists Are Swapping Their Japan Guide Books for Instagram

Tourism is booming in Japan, but a growing number of visitors are ditching their guidebooks for an app better known for celebrity snapshots and images of food: Instagram.

The social photo-sharing service is proving to be especially popular among those seeking destinations off the beaten track. Nagato, located on the southern tip of the main island of Honshu, saw more than 1 million visitors in 2017, a 36-fold increase in three years. After CNN profiled the town as one of “Japan’s 31 most beautiful places,” postings of the local shrine started to flood Instagram.

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8 surprising differences between traveling in the US and the UK

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Traveling in the US and “travelling” in the UK are two vastly different ventures, and in more ways than just driving on opposite sides of the road.

While not many US citizens travel internationally compared to their UK counterparts — about 42% of Americans have passports , compared to 76% of British citizens — even domestic journeys come with their variations. From cars and trains to buses and planes, people in both places have preferred methods of getting around, as well as preferred places to get to.

Below are eight of the surprising ways that traveling differs across the pond.

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I Spent $1K Per Month Traveling The World & Here’s How I Did It

I spent a year traveling the world on $1000 a month. It’s normal for people to take a look at my Instagram and assume that I come from money. They assume that I’m traveling on Daddy’s dime, whether that be my actual father or a sugar daddy. The reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, travel costs money like everything else. However, most people don’t realize that travel can be affordable AF. I wasn’t sleeping in five-star resorts, but I was traveling the world, and that’s all I ever wanted. I spent $1000 per month traveling the world, and here’s how I did it.

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The 10 Best Travel Apps Every True Traveler Needs For Her Next Trip

Your wanderlust finally got the best of you. You’ve spent hours daydreaming about the Mediterranean Sea, and the bright lights of Tokyo. As much as you tried to ignore your passport, you just couldn’t do it any longer. So, you booked a few plane tickets, and now you’re spending a semester abroad or backpacking throughout Europe. To your friends, you’re a true traveler. You take trips on the reg, and know exactly how to pack a suitcase. But, every true traveler needs the best travel apps on their phone. Before you reach your next destination, make sure you hit download.

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Six Senses Fiji wellness resort offers a solution for stressed out insomniacs

Send me here … and I’ll never come home.

 

Get some sleep-inducing exercise in the villas' private pools.

It was one of those minor issues that had become so woven into my life, I simply accepted rather than fight it.

Sleep. As in, getting a good night’s sleep. A sleep that goes all the way through the night without interruption.

What I had was sleep I’d regularly wake from. It was hard to tell how long this had been going on. I reckoned it was only a few months; my beloved pointed out it had been a recurring theme of our decade-plus together.

Either way, it doesn’t occur to me when I accept a short stay at the newly unveiled luxury wellness resort wellness resort Six Senses Fiji that I might find the start of a solution.

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