EOS World Community Ambassador, Kevin Siyuan, is a visual artist who enjoys creating content on the go. In this article, he shares some tips on travel photography through his recent trip to Hokkaido, Japan using the new Canon EOS R.
In July 2019, I embarked on a week-long trip to experience a scenic summer getaway in Hokkaido. I was very privileged to be able to bring along the new Canon EOS R, Canon RF24-105mm F/4L IS USM and the Canon EF-EOS R Mount Adapter with me to document my journey, many thanks to Canon Singapore!
Travelling is enjoyable and exciting! However, it can also be extremely exhausting if you are carrying too many gears on the go. As such, it is very important to only bring the essentials to ensure that you reach that extra mile and get that ideal shot.To me, the Canon EOS R and the Canon RF24-105mm F/4L IS USM are great travel companions, with a combined weight of less than 1.4 kg, they are extremely convenient yet powerful tools for both my photography and videography needs. With these two lightweight buddies, I could afford to explore further and spend more energy on getting to higher vantage points.
Explore different angles
While taking photos of or around popular landmarks that have been photographed many times over, having a little help with discovering alternative angles would be a great way to make your shots shine. In this aspect, utilising the flip screen on the Canon EOS R is a great way to discover unique angles without the need to perform physically demanding stunts and postures. This way, you can spend more time composing the shot and capturing that moment you desire.
Shoot while commuting
Another tip to getting unique shots is to shoot while commuting; be it on foot, while cycling, on the train or even on the plane. These scenes are always changing and you never know when a great subject will show up, and the chance of getting an identical shot can be very rare, which is the exciting part photography on-the-go. The touch shutter function of the Canon EOS R is a great tool to focus on and capture fleeting moments although it takes some practice to master the art. In addition, the Canon RF24-105mm F/4L IS USM offers great optical Image Stabilisation that will ensure sharp and quickly focused photos even in a shaky environment.
Explore different genres
Every journey offers new opportunities for you to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. While I specialise in architectural photography, the natural beauty and great food Hokkaido has to offer provides me with subjects for creative explorations. The Canon RF24-105mm F/4L IS USM‘s versatile zoom and aperture level make it an all-rounder for most genres, be it architecture, landscape, portrait and even food photography. Of course, you may also want to consider building up a portfolio of your specialised genre along the journey.
Shoot both photos and videos
With beautiful scenery everywhere in Hokkaido, especially in the lavender fields in Biei and Furano, I could not help but try to capture all these precious memories not only through photos but in videos as well. The Canon EOS R‘s 4K video recording capability is really useful in creating high-quality footages and its register camera settings function make switching between videos and stills a quick and no-frill experience with the touch of a button. In addition, the electronic in-camera stabilisation function for the Canon EOS R works amazingly well for video recording. You can obtain relatively smooth footage even when recording handheld, and that saved me a lot of additional luggage space and energy bringing a gimbal. Check out the full video captured here.
In short, the Canon EOS R is a versatile asset with excellent performance in both travel photography and videography, and is something I would love to bring along for content creation for my future travels.