My Photography Essentials

February 13, 2018

Since I have been getting tons of questions about my camera equipment lately, I decided to give you all the details in one place! The most common questions I am asked are:

  1. What camera do you use?
  2. How do you edit your pictures?
  3. How do you get pictures of you and Gavin together?
  4. How do you manage your camera around water/rain?

So.... I am going to answer all of these questions (plus a few more) and give you a list of the camera equiptment that is essential to me and my blog!


My Camera:

The camera I use is a Nikon DSLR and we love it! We have had this camera for a couple of years and feel like it has been a great beginner camera for us. It took us about a year to learn how to actually use it and learned how important it is to read the manual and watch videos about how to use the functions of the camera. This camera has been great for us and hopefully we will be ready to upgrade soon! Anyone that is looking for a high quality camera that is easy to use, we highly recommend it!

My Photo Editing Program:

Editing pictures is one of the hardest things to learn how to do. There's photoshop, Instagram, PicMonkey, and about a million other apps and softwares you can download to edit your pictures. For my blog I use Lightroom by Adobe to edit ALL of my pictures. I have tried out a few different ways of editing and have found that Lightroom is the easiest and most efficient for me. The best thing that Lightroom has is called "Presets" which are pre-made filters that make your photos cohesive and cuts down your editing time. Now that I have been playing with Lightroom for over a year I have learned how to edit my pictures by hand, along with create presets for my photos.

Adobe has a pack of editing software that includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, In Design, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and Media Encoder that is called Adobe Creative Cloud. When I bought Lightroom I decided to get the entire pack so that I didn't have to go back and buy the other softwares separately if I decided to do other things!

What I use from the Pack:

Lightroom: Editing all of my photos 

Photoshop: To make Pinterest Thumbnails, put writing on pictures, add 

In Design: I used this program to write all of my ebooks! This is the software that creates a digital copy and allows you to upload or email it anywhere.

Premiere Pro: I havent used this one much, but this is the video editing program of the pack! It is so easy to use and my goal this year is to make more videos while we are traveling.

My Tripod:

The key to getting our pictures together! I feel like a lot of people are like us and have given up on asking strangers to take our picture. Every time we ask someone they zoom in on our faces and cut out the background, they cut off our foreheads, the picture is blurry, their finger is in the picture, blah blah blah. After having this happen time after time we decided to strictly use a tripod. We are able to get the angle we want, the lighting we want, and be super picky about our pictures. People give us funny look sometimes but I have decided I'll take the looks from strangers in order to have great pictures from our once in a lifetime adventures! The tripod we use has a been the longest lasting and most sturdy tripod I have ever seen! We have put it in the ocean, in the sand, in the freezing cold snow and we have never had a problem. We love you tripod!

Add On Equipment:

Battling the water and climate:

For most of our water pictures we use a GoPro Hero with the waterproof case and a selfie stick on it. It seems the most safe to me and is so easy to swim around with! With that being said, the GoPro doesn't always take the most high quality pictures so we have a few things that allow us to use our DSLR in the water and rain.

GoPro Hero: I'm sure you know what a GoPro is so you know why they are so amazing! We have taken them snorkeling underwater for hours, jumped off cliffs into water with them, and done so many other things that with them that wouldn't be possible with anything else! Of course while using a waterproof case and a selfie stick with a wrist strap. My favorite feature is that you can immediately upload the pictures to your phone using the GoPro App. Its fun to see the crazy pictures right after your adventure!

Waterproof Camera Case: We have used this to take pictures mostly in the ocean, near waterfalls, or in heavy rain. Its the best option to use to make sure that your camera won't get wet at all! This product has saved our lives many times.

Camera Rain Coat: When there is a slight rain I hate having to put the camera completely in a case if the rain could stop soon, or we are only taking a couple of pictures. So I love being able to whip out this rain cover for a few shots, quick and easy!

Lens Hood: When shooting in places like Thailand the sun was soooooo bright and direct that our pictures were washed out or very shadowy. We loved using this lens hood to help us out! Of course there are a million ways to use this product, but thats primarily what we use it for!

February 18, 2018


  1. Tiffany

    February 13, 2018

    Thank you for sharing!!! I always wonder what other successful people are using!! ☺️

  2. ronjoiner2015

    February 13, 2018

    As a travel camera you may want to look at a splash-proof/weather-sealed body and lens. And a lighter kit than the Nikon.

  3. Alpine Ramble Treks

    February 13, 2018

    Magnificent, love to seeing this by standing right over


    February 13, 2018

    Me too!


    February 13, 2018

    We have tried that but didn’t love the quality of the photos. Still on the hunt !😀


    February 13, 2018


  7. Kenneth J Pekarek

    February 13, 2018

    Great info post! Your pics are awesome and your Blog gives us way to control our own pics and make improvements.
    I bought Premier Pro by mistake when I was looking for Photshop. I have both now.
    I want to get Lightroom soon. I can see the results from so many pics I see.


    February 13, 2018

    You should! Lightroom is much easier to use (for me anyway) I don’t know what I would do without it!

  9. SmuleIndiablogteam

    February 13, 2018

    Awesome Kelsey


    February 13, 2018

    Thank you!

  11. Nancy McDonald

    February 13, 2018

    Thank you for the informative blog. It’s going to really helpful.

  12. Anishad Anshu

    February 13, 2018

    Can you share In Design file to my Gmail ?

  13. Tonia Brauer

    February 13, 2018

    Thanks for sharing. I am converting my blog from a local blog about being vegan in Napa Valley to a global plant based travel blog. This info is so helpful in helping me choose what I need and want to invest in to improve my blog!


    February 13, 2018

    Great, I hope so!


    February 13, 2018

    It has to be downloaded directly from the Adobe site!


    February 13, 2018

    Thats amazing! Congrats to you. I’m glad it is helpful, good luck in the transition!! 😄

  17. Anishad Anshu

    February 13, 2018

    oh, thanks for the information

  18. Jaswel1996

    February 13, 2018

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    February 13, 2018

    Keep working hard and posting great content!

  20. kimco95

    February 14, 2018

    Thanks for liking my latest post 🙂

  21. pradeepmukherjee

    February 14, 2018

    Commendable job of putting down so useful & practical tips regarding travel photography, which I am sure will improve my quality of pictures.


    February 14, 2018

    Thank you! I hope it will be helpful 😀


    February 15, 2018

    Thank you for sharing! Great tips here 🙂 ❤


    February 15, 2018

    Thank you!

  25. officiallykim

    February 17, 2018

    Love your pics!!!! You’re super talented gal!


    February 17, 2018

    Thank you ❤️❤️

  27. Jhavinder Thakur

    February 17, 2018

    Thanks for sharing!!!😃


    February 17, 2018


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