What Cameras Do Your Fave Instagram Stars Use?
So, you want to take amazing pictures, travel the world, and get paid to do it?! Sounds pretty good, right? Travel bloggers, influencers, & content creators are popping up all over the world, helping brands promote themselves in a more organic & inspiring way. Photographers such as Travis Burke & Kiersten of The Blonde Abroad were some of the first accounts I started following; they’ve provided massive inspiration. In this post, “What Cameras Do Your Fave Instagram Stars Use,” I’ve researched to find out just what gear the pros are using.
And everything I’ve found out is below…
These cameras run the gamut in price from $550-2,000+, so hopefully there’s an option for every budget.
**Author’s Note: Article updated as of December 2022.
What Camera Does Travis Burke Use?
Travis Burke is one of the most highly accomplished photographers on Instagram, & consistently produces AMAZING, awe-inspiring images. With 817,000 followers, & clients such as National Geographic, Go Pro, Red Bull, & Outside Magazine ~ he definitely knows how to take a shot that sells.
Travis Burke’s current cameras are: 1) Sony a7RII, with a 16-35mm f/4 lens, & 2) GoPro Hero6, with a 3-way mount. The GoPro is a cheaper way to go here, but if you’re looking to become a commercial photographer ~ the Sony a7Rii is a favorite among the pro photographer crowd.
What Camera Does The Blonde Abroad Use?
The Blonde Abroad is the first travel blogger I started following. Her images consistently inspire, as does her travel blog: she started blogging before a lot of people even knew what it was! She has 530,000 followers on Instagram, designs her own swimsuits & sandals, & has brand partnerships with Disneyland, Olay, Herbal Essences, & Hotwire ~ to name a few. She also hosts women’s retreats all over the world, where she teaches other women how to improve their photography.
She’s overall major inspiration!
Kiersten’s (aka The Blonde Abroad’s) camera of choice is a Fuji X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with an 18-55mm, 2.8-4 Lens.
What Camera Does Ever Changing Horizon Use?
Quin Schrock, aka @everchanginghorizon on Instagram, produces images that consistently WOW. When you look through his gallery, he’s managed to capture one inspiring moment after another. He often photos Jess Wandering, another Instagram superstar, & between the two of them ~ they have over 1.3 MILLION followers. His clients include Apple, Sony, Alaska Airlines, & the Travel Channel.
Ever Changing Horizon uses the exact same lens as Travis Burke: a Sony a7Rii, with a 16-35mm Lens.
What Camera Does Chelsey Rose Use?
Next up comes one of my good friends, who also happens to be a professional photographer: Chelsey Rose. We recently went out to Joshua Tree & had fun shooting in the desert. Her clients have included the U.S. Military & Old Navy, she has a photography company in St. Louis & is starting another one in L.A. ~ & she is literally one of the most creative people I know!
Chelsey shoots with a Canon 7D, & a 24-70mm, 2.8 lens.
What Camera Does Vagablonde Laura Use?
If you’re new to the travel photography game, & aren’t 100% sure this is your lifelong passion ~ you may want to use the camera Vagablonde Laura is using. You can find her on Instagram with over 130,000 followers. She uses a Sony a5100, which will set you back about $550, or less than an IPhone!
Her images are still incredible.
What Cameras Do Your Fave Instagram Stars Use?
I hope this post has been useful ~ especially if you’re thinking about getting into travel photography. The bottom line is: if you REALLY want to get paid to create content, then it’s definitely worth it to invest in better gear. Let me know your thoughts in the comments…
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Great article! I’ve often wondered what cameras the biggies are using, & it just so happens that the camera Travis Burke & @everchanginghorizon use (the Sony A7rii) is the camera I invested in awhile back. I started a photography business alongside my “regular” job, & now I’m able to solely rely on photography as my main source of income. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without that camera. Thanks for writing, & sharing what cameras other photographers are using. Thanks!
Absolutely, Mark! I wrote this article, mostly out of curiousity ~ because I was so curious what cameras were creating some of the most captivating content. How exciting for you that you’ve been able to turn your passion into your main source of income! That is truly awesome. xoxo Noelia
I have to agree with the final selection (the camera that Vagablonde Laura uses), the Sony a5100. I’ve been using this for years, and have been able to partner with hotels throughout my travels, by exchanging videos and professional-quality photos for free hotel rooms and various perks. That $500 investment has saved me thousands of dollars all over the world, and I don’t regret it for a second. I’m even thinking of upgrading soon, and the Sony a7Rii is definitely on my short list – several of my photographer friends use it and love it. Thanks for putting this together!
Absolutely, Laura! And thanks for your observations on cameras. It’s amazing that a $500 investment (less than a phone!) can lead to so many great travel opportunities around the world. That’s fantastic! xoxo Noelia