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Becoming a Photographer and Finding My Equipment

At 10 years old, my dad bought his first professional camera – a Canon EOS 20D DSLR. He used to get so frustrated when it would go missing. I absolutely loved playing around with it. Anything from picnics with my friends, to sunsets, to hikes along the water. It came with me everywhere. Imagine his fear, as his little daughter ran around playing with that expensive equipment. Seriously, what a trooper for allowing it.

Today we make jokes that he bought that camera for me the whole time. But it’s true. Every single time my dad bought a fancy camera, it somehow always ended up in my drawer.

My mom and dad recognized my love for photography and when I was about 12 years old they put me in a photography class with my childhood best friend, Artur Prusak. I will forever be thankful for my parents recognizing my passions and fully supporting me to explore them.

It was in these exact childhood moments of playing around with my camera that I learned about some of the physical rules of our universe such as light perception, motion, and time. I was so intrigued. Curious. And I’ve never put it down since.

We all have that one thing that drives us. For me, it’s always been photography. And just like that, over years and years of playing around with my camera, today, I can proudly say that I taught myself everything that I know about the beautiful art. With the help of a couple professional courses.

Today, for World Photography Day I wanted to introduce you guys to the camera equipment that I bring along with me along all my travels!

Sony A7

Now I wanted to give one particular shout out to my boyfriend, James, who a couple years back also recognized my love for photography. Not only did he recognize that I loved it, but he recognized that I was pretty darn good at it too. Upon having heard enough of me talk about my life long goal of becoming a travel blogger/photographer/videographer, James went out an bought me first adult camera, the Sony A7. Because of him, I realized I was able to take what I loved to do and make it in to a profession and monetize doing the thing that I love doing. WHAT A FREAKING GEM!

 The Sony A7 is a 24-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera, with extraordinary value, great cost, and stunning image/video quality. The compact body is extremely light and perfect to take with you on your next trip!


  • 24.3 MP Full Frame Exmor® CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X™ engine for superb detail and noise reduction
  • E-mount interchangeable lens system
  • High-contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™
  • Simple sharing and control with Wi-Fi® and NFC One-touch

LENS COMPATIBILITY Sony E-mount lenses
SENSOR TYPE 35 mm full frame (35.8×23.9 mm), Exmor® CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
ISO SENSITIVITY (RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE INDEX) Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 equivalent), Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
BATTERY LIFE (STILL IMAGES) Approx. 270 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 340 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
VIEWFINDER TYPE XGA OLED, 0.51 in (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color)

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Outside of my Sony A7, I also use a lot of supporting equipment during my travels that help bring my storytelling to the next level.

I’ve always been an avid user of Apple. Throughout my years I’ve not only had an iPhone which always has acted as an important source of my photography, but I’ve also always had a MacBook. I’ve recently upgraded to the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and it’s been key to my editing. The laptop itself is extremely thin and easy to travel with. The screen is large, with stunning graphic quality and have never really come across any speed issues.

I am also a huge fan of the GroPro equipment. I have had 2 different models, Hero 3 and have since upgraded to the Hero5 Black. The Hero5 Black is the perfect version for me since it waterproof without having to have an external shell, small and perfect for travel, 4K HD Video, 12MP Photos and has a screen so you can see what you are recording and watch back in case you think you missed something! You can get so many fun accessories to bring with you on your trips to help you capture all those action shots!


Last but not least is my new favorite piece of equipment the DJI Mavic Mini. It is a fantastic starting out drone for those photographers/videographers who want to start experimenting with aerial footage but are not quite confident enough yet to break the bank! It is tiny, small enough to fit inside of a backpack, lightweight, and tons of fun to fly. It’s very nimble and responsive and it can shoot 12-megapixel still images and 2.7K video. Unfortunately not 4K but like I said it is a perfect starting out drone so you can learn your way around flying without being scared it will break on you!

The best part, it is exempt from having to be registered by The Federal Aviation Administration as it weights 249 grams JUST under the 250 grams to 55 pounds registry requirement!

Happy Flying 🙂

Okay so I can go on and on for days about the equipment that I use but I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, I hope you guys learned a thing or two about my equipment and it inspires you to get out and buy that first professional camera so you can start your journey to pursuing your passions if you love photography as much as I do!

Until next time my friends!

Emily Jozefowicz

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