How I Take Photos of Myself When Traveling Solo
How do I take photos of myself when I travel and hike solo?
This is the most common question that I get, so in this blog post, I’m going to break it down!
For starters, yes it adds weight. And for me, that’s ok. Most of my gear is fairly ultralight, so I don’t mind carrying the extra 5 to 7 pounds in camera gear. I could shoot on my iPhone and I have. But as my photography skills grow, I need more capabilities that my iPhone XS doesn’t offer but my Canon does. Side note - if you’re just starting, you don’t need the most expensive camera on the market. A moderate body and a nicer lens will take you far. Get a cheaper DSLR camera, learn how to use it, how to shoot in manual and expand your equipment from there.
Equipment I use
How it works
I also have a tripod. My tripod is not ultralight, and there are lighter (and more expensive) ones out there. My tripod is around 3lbs, it’s 18” to 59” tall, and has an adjustable head to I can position the camera how I’d like. One day I will upgrade to a carbon fiber tripod, which is the lightest on the market. But for now, my $40 tripod works well! Start with the basics and expand as your skill develops.
I use the Pixel intervalometer to take the photos. I use it in two ways:
I keep the intervalometer in one hand and another piece is connected to the camera. As a clicker! Then every time I click, the camera takes a photo. This is also what I do for astrophotography.
The other way is to do continuous shooting. I plug the intervalometer into my camera and set a timed repeat shooting. I typically do every 3 seconds. So the camera takes a photo every 3 seconds. This is a great option for no hands shooting!