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.

How to take photos when traveling solo
How to take photos when traveling solo

Equipment I use

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Camera
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Zoom Lens
59” Tripod
Pixel TW-283/E3 Intervalometer

How it works

I shoot with a Canon T3i. I mainly use my 15-80mm lens, but for wildlife and up close shots, I use the 75-300mm lens. Keep a safe distance from wildlife!

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.

How to take photos when traveling solo

I use the Pixel intervalometer to take the photos. I use it in two ways:

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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