DigitalRev Asks David Hobby to Share His Top Travel Photography Tips

On a recent trip to Hong Kong, David Hobby (aka. Strobist) caught up with his friends over at DigitalRev and offered some wise advice for the traveling photographer.

Hobby and Kai cover all the bases, from what’s in his camera bag when he travels to how he handles photography when on the go. Interestingly, his top tip (a two parter) has to do with traveling light and putting photography second when traveling:

Unless you’re being paid to shoot as a travel photographer, it’s mostly about the trip. Enjoy the trip and slip into photographer mode every now and then. You’re having experiences, and this little black box is recording them; and that’s it, it’s as simple as that.

For more tips from Hobby — plus a quick peek inside his own travel photography bag — check out the video at the top.

(via Reddit)

  • csmif

    what is up with Kai’s smug facial expression and attitude here?

  • Eugene Chok

    comedic effect

  • OtterMatt

    Have you seen him before? That’s kind of his bag.

  • Fuzztographer

    Honestly, I can’t say I agree with that sentiment. But I’m weird… to me, photography *is* the experience.

  • Michael Rasmussen

    What’s that thumbrest thing in the hotshoe? Never seen one of those.
    I’d leave the tripod at home too. Maybe take a gorilla pod.

  • AbinSur

    Davis Hobby, not using a Full Frame sensor camera…….obviously he has no idea what he is doing..

  • spelling police

    Pretty sad when you can’t get the name spelled right of the person you are interviewing

  • Graf Almassy

    It’s a “finger grip” for better handling.

  • James Donahue

    What is the Name and model number of that Tripod

  • Darren

    “finger grip”????? i think you mean “thumb rest”…

    or more specifically Match Technical’s “Thumbs Up”. Though Hobby’s using the cheaper eBay version.

  • Fernando Callo

    It’s not necessary. There are a LOT of photographers using APS-C and micro 4/3. FF it’s not a rule

  • John Vinny “Basti” Marquez

    Shoot with what you have :p

  • Jesus F-ing Christos

    ” I used a Leica as a paid photographer, not as an hipster like yourself ” , i think that statement resumes quite well each others philosophy

  • BrianMcCullough

    He should have known better than to kiss Kai on the hand.

  • mooboy

    Were there actually any helpful tips there that aren’t completely obvious?

    When Kai asked him if he was sponsored by Fuji, you almost want to pose the same question to Peta-Pixel these days. I know it’s probably coincidence, but there seems to have been a lot of Fuji love articles these days.

  • Richard

    Why would he need to use a FF sensor when he’s just traveling??? It’s not even needed for what he wants done like he said.

  • Richard

    AbinSur, why aren’t you using a medium format sensor? I guess you have no idea what you are doing either?

  • bb

    so elegant

  • Oj0

    Fuji is, in my opinion, the manufacturer moving forward at the fastest pace. Sure, they might not be quite where Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Mayama, Hasselblad etc are; but while the others have been close to a standstill for the last year or two, Fuji have been updating their hardware at a silly rate.

    Will I personally use one? Not just yet. Ask me that question again in a few years and I might give you a different answer. I know, I know, if it’s already good enough for David Hobby it’s good enough for me. It’s just personal preference for me.

  • alex

    1-Fuji is releasing a lot of different X models these days, hence the coverage.

    2-too much fuji-love is suspect?: maybe it’s a plot to get you to buy one (resist!) but i don’t think Fuji has the money to pay every blogger/photographer on the net to praise their product. get a fuji X, we’ll talk again after.

  • AbinSur

    sar·casm noun ˈsär-ˌka-zəm
    : the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny

  • zzz

    They were thinking of introducing tags into html5, because some people have hard time understanding it :)

  • mooboy

    I think there’s been a lot of articles in last few days that go beyond just the releases: fluff reviews of X100S so long after its release; articles claiming that everyone is getting retro inspiration from them (despite Oly doing their Pen’s first, Leica never leaving old design, so possibly inspiring Nikon DF?); rumours, not press releases, but rumours about film simulation modes coming to camera raw?

    Unfortunately, I did get a Fuji X100 when they released firmware 2.00. It pretty much makes me never to want to get another Fuji. I just don’t like the controls and feel. Compared to other cameras I’ve used lately, it just feels like it is slowing me down… in a bad way. I’m fumbling with controls and focus…

    Essentially, it is always reminding me that there is a camera I am wielding/fighting against. When I instead have used an Olympus OM-D, Nikon DSLR (not including DF) or a Leica RF – these cameras just get out of my way so I can concentrate on the picture.

    I do love the leaf shutter though, but I suspect a Sony RX1 would speak to me more – except for the lack of EVF.

    Still, I think all the major camera companies (except Hasselblad) are releasing some pretty damn fine cameras… but I just don’t get why some have such a love affair with the Fuji’s when, for myself, their ergonomics and controls are just blah.

  • mooboy

    Funny, I feel almost exactly the same as you, but about Sony instead. I think they’re making the biggest moves these days, but I’m not ready to use one just yet (excluding a little RX100 that I sometimes take in my pocket).

  • TheShipOfSalvation

    MeFoto backpacker. I bought one from eBay, it was genuine.