My Travel Photography Gear – Dragan Tapshanov

(Updated – November 07, 2016)

For all those who are interested in the photo equipment I use for my travels, this is what I have with me at all times:

On my neck & in my pocket

1. Smartphone – iPhone 6S
  • Great for quick snaps, panoramic shots, videos and instant photo sharing.
  • Make sure you have a solid case for it, you are going on a adventure and there are big chances that your phone will fall on the ground few times.

+ Canon 5D Mark III

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction
4.  Lenses:
      • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM – I have a passion for documenting faces of the locals from the developing countries that I visit and this lens has helped me achieve what I want. Great for close ups and portraits, the photos are sharp and clean with beautiful blurry background, just perfect. I hardly ever remove this lens from the body, for other types of photos i use the GoPro.

In my Backpack

All of this equipment is stored in the LowePro 250 Fastpack. There is a slot for everything from the list above, plus there is a space for the chargers, adapters, papers, money and other smaller things that you need for the trip.

GoPro – Hero 4 Silver edition (Hooked on the top of the bag)

  • It is light, it has water protection case, it can do videos, time lapse, and burst shots. I am a solo traveler so it is a must that I have a pole so I can do selfies, also with extending the pole you can get closer to something you wanna take shot of, I use it to get close to wild animals. It has an intergraded display.
  • The POV Pole I use is by SP-Gadgets (link) – Your GoPro® camera can be directly attached to it without any extra parts. The dual-diameter grip keeps the pole firmly secured in your hand
  • Make sure you have spare battery and spare SD Card.

2. MacBook Pro 13in – Retina display

      • The battery holds 5-6 hours, the display is paradise for photographers and its light as a feather.
      • Use the Aperture, the Apple software for photo editing, the amazing thing is that you can add map to your photos and share them instantly wherever you want, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter … to bad you can on Instagram

2. Storage

      • Long time I was using and external hard drive as primary storage solution for my photos, but recently I was robed and I lost many photographs were not duplicated on some other storage device, I was devastated. Then I learned about Google Drive, and now for 10$ I have 1TB online storage, and every night when I come back to the hostel/hotel I upload the photos from the day there. If i stay more days in the wild, only then I use the hard drive, but when I connect to the internet I am instantly uploading the shots.

3. Lenses:

  • Sigma 24-105mm F/4 DG OS HSM Art – A new lens that I bought so I can get more wider images and to get close to some subjects when I can’t approach them by foot. The price was 900 euros (in Macedonia) which was little bit expensive, but is worth it.
    The sharpness of the lens is amazing, has a fast auto focus and solid made body. The only negative thing is the weight (885g), when is attached on my Mark III and I am Trekking/Hiking for longer hours and distances (Langtang region in winter), I have big problems with my neck in the end of the day.

Mountain Biking at Mountain Vodno, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia / June 6th 2015Photo created with the Sigma

The 5 most visited “Ghost Towns” in the world – #1 will give you chills

From many reasons, over time, some cities have totally died. Some because of the wars, some because of natural disasters, third because of human mistakes. However, their residues remain to testify for their life and history, but we can agree, they act very creepy. Continue reading The 5 most visited “Ghost Towns” in the world – #1 will give you chills

Amateur Travel videos from adventures in Nepal

If you are reading my blog (and you are probably not, because i use it as my diary and note book) you know that i am planing a Nepal adventure and i am lost in research, so i decided to collect all the best amateur videos made by travelers from their Nepal adventure.
I think that this list will be useful for me, and for other adventurers who are planing a trip to Nepal.
I use this videos to find an inspiration for where to go, what to visit, to collect info about transportation, accommodation, tickets, security, gear, etc.

These are the videos that are helping me in organizing my trip.

Continue reading Amateur Travel videos from adventures in Nepal

Sometimes a dare to call myself a Philosopher

“Making the souls of the people pose for you in one special moment far away from your comfort zone in the other side of the world, creating a story in few seconds from the beginning to the end, sharing the same emotion with people that are not related to you in anyway when looking the photograph, that is a successful travel photograph if you are asking me. Travel photograph is not a selfie where your are holding a domestic beer. The power of a travel portrait comes from the eyes of the strangers, when they look in you they see also a stranger, they are insecure and excited same as you, those emotions are making the portraits so powerful and different than the ordinary, set up portraits.”

Dragan Tapshanov

The story about a Monk

Orm is a monk that lives in the not so much famous Wat Srisoonthorn, north from Phuket town. He doesn’t speak English and doesn’t wear the traditional orange robe, but he is one happy person who just want to sit among people. He has a dark past that is still haunting him and because of that he has some minor mental disabilities.

Orm the monk

When i arrived at the Wat(temple) there was nobody around, only sleepy dogs who were too lazy even to bark for welcome. But suddenly a happy face jumped, walked towards me and started talking on Thai language. I didn’t understand a word he was saying but he just knew what i wanted to see.

He took me to the temple where the Buddha is waiting his followers, surrounded by oil paintings on the walls with motives from the Buddhist stories. Peaceful Wat where u can meditate and relax.

Orm took me to one board that was placed near the statue so i can read on English the meaning of the paintings. All the time he was looking at my cameras, i guessed he wanted to pose because the tourists only take photos of the monks wearing the orange robe, and he doesn’t have one because of his criminal past. The story of his life was told to me by one other monk that i found just outside of the temple.

After i finished taking photos of Orm he took me to the top of the Wat where reclining Buddha is placed, the statue is huge and you can even enter in it. They say that this temple is not visited as the other ones because it cannot be found in many of the guides used by travelers and there aren’t many reviews on the social networks. Anyway, if you are a passionate temple hunter as i am, this is a place to visit! Admission free and you can take photos inside of the temple. Ask for Orm if you want special tour.


Good day beer lovers!

As big beer addict, i can’t imagine an adventure in some foreign country without trying their domestic beer. I am always combining their traditional beers with their domestic snacks, like for example in Cambodia i am drinking #Angkor and eating baby snakes or fried locusts, in Thailand i am drinking #Singha with fried scorpions, and so on and on.

I decided to create a list of all the beers in the Indochina peninsula in South Asia, divided by the countries from where they are coming from, ranked by my taste, and my taste is not approved by many, so that means that my no.1’s are not always the best.


By Dragan & Edit Tapshanov