One of the most common questions I get asked is “what kind of camera do you use?”. From blog readers asking what is the best camera for London photography to Instagram followers wondering what camera I use for social media, I get messages from a lot of people. Some of the information is on the FAQ page of my blog, but today I want to answer in more depth.
Best Camera for London Photography
It’s worth mentioning that when I started the A Lady in London blog I had no photography experience whatsoever. But over the last 10 years I’ve not only developed a passion for it, but also gotten a lot of experience. I’m mostly self-taught, and have been amazed at the quantity and quality of resources available for learning photography both online and in print. If you’re intimidated by it, believe me when I say that if I’ve gotten to where I am now, so can you.
Here’s a quick list you can use as a guide for the best camera for London photography—body, lenses, software, and all. I’ve gone into detail on each item below, so read on for more.
1. Canon 5D Mark III (body)
2. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (standard zoom lens)
3. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (telephoto lens)
4. Kingston Ultimate 32GB 600X Compact Flash Card (memory card)
5. Adobe Lightroom (editing software)
6. Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Drives (storage)
7. Learning Resources
Camera Body for London Photography
I take pictures with a Canon 5D Mark III. I got it a few years ago and it’s been an amazing camera to use for my London photography and travel photos. It’s been all over the world with me, and it has allowed me to capture everything from the best views of London to the smallest details of destinations abroad. I can’t sing its praises enough. You can get it here.
Camera Lenses for London Photography
The two main lenses I use with it are the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (standard zoom) and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (telephoto). The former is my everyday lens, and it’s perfect for photographing London’s mews, facades, interiors, food, and all the other lovely things the city puts in my path. You can get one here.
The latter comes into its own when I want to take pictures of a beautiful row of houses, get a close-up view of a landmark from a rooftop terrace, or capture a scene from a distance. It’s also great for travel photography when I’m on safari, aboard a boat, or somewhere else where the highlights are far away. Even when I zoom in after taking the photo, the quality is amazing. You can get one here.
Sure, these three items are neither cheap nor featherweights. But they’ve been worth every penny, and everyone I know can attest that the quality of the images makes me more than willing to shoulder their weight wherever I go.
Memory Card for London Photography
But it’s not just about having the best camera for London photography. I also rely on good memory cards. The Kingston Ultimate 32GB 600X Compact Flash Card I use is fast, which means I can take a lot of photos quickly and capture movement well. I was thankful for it recently when I happened to be by Buckingham Palace during the Changing the Guard ceremony. It allowed me to get great shots of the red coats while they were on the move.
There are faster and more expensive CF cards on the market, but this one has suited my London photography needs really well. If you’re in the UK, get it here. If you’re in the US, get it here.
Lightroom for London Photography
None of my shots would be as good as they appear on my blog and social media channels without Adobe Lightroom. This editing software has helped me make my images pop, whether from color corrections and perspective changes or white balance fixes and clarity enhancements. It’s an integral part of my photography process, and I couldn’t share the images I do without it.
Admittedly, it took a while to learn how to use Lightroom. It’s so powerful it can be overwhelming at first. But I got up to speed after a month, and now I adore it. You can get it here.
External Hard Drives for London Photography
My photos take up a lot of space on my computer’s hard drive. As such, I have two Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drives to help me manage the large file sizes. I save all my photos to the primary external hard drive, then back them up to the secondary one (and to the Cloud for extra security).
It means my computer runs much faster and I always know my photos will be safe if anything happens to one of the places they’re saved. Better yet, the drives’ small size means I can take them with me wherever I travel. You can get them here.
Learning Resources for London Photography
I’ve learned so much about photography over the last 10 years that it’s hard to know where to start when recommending resources. I read the Footprint guide to Travel Photography when I first started, and it gave me a great overview. You can get it here.
I also rely on photography blogs and websites whenever I Google something I’m struggling with. Canon has good tutorials on its website, and I’ve watched YouTube videos like my friend Sean Byrne’s and Pei Ketron’s to learn how to use Lightroom and improve my skills.
I hope this guide will set you up to capture amazing memories during your time in London, whether you’re here for a visit or a lifetime.
How about you? What do you think is the best camera for London photography?
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