Adventure and Travel Photographer Expenses

Being a travel photographer has many different expenses, and expense can vary from month to month. Therefore trying to cost up a general monthly expenses is difficult.

To get an idea on where to start when trying to cost up expenses I need to understand what equipment I will need, and how I would be starting my career.

Equipment list:

  • Cameras – DSLR – Mobile – GoPro – Analogue film
  • Lenses – wide angle – prime lens – zoom
  • Memory cards
  • Batteries
  • Tripod
  • Computer
  • Software

Here are some examples of products and prices.

Travel costs:

  • Petrol
  • Car costs = insurance, tax

Added expenses for adventure photography

Specialised equipment

  • Static rope
  • Carabiners
  • Assender device
  • Back up devices
  • Harness
  • Approach Shoes
  • Helmet

Skills and knowledge:

  • Private instruction: £42 per hour (local climbing wall, High Sports Plymouth)

Prices (adventure climbing equipment)

Static rope:

  • Ederlrid, performance static 10.5mm x 50m =£84.00
  • Beal Antipodes Semi-static rigging/caving rope 10mm, 50m = £87.59

Carabiners

  • North Ridge K1N Alpha Screwgatr Karabiner = £8.50
  • Crag HMs Screw Gate = £10.00

Ascender device

  • Petzl Handle Ascender = £48.00
  • DMM Anthron Ascender with Grip = £58.00

Back up devices (shunt)

  • Petzl shunt ascender = £45.00

Approach shoes

  • Scarpa Mijito Lady GTX Walking shoes = £134.99
  • Scarpa Margarita Suede Shoes Women’s Walking shoes = £94.99

Harness

  • Petzl – Falcon = £98.99

Climbing shoes

  • Scarpa Force X Women’s Climbing shoe = £99.99
  • Sportiva Katana Women’s climbing shoe = £115.00
  • Scarpa Reflex Womens Climbing Shoe = £75.00

Helmet

  • Petzl Elios Helmet size 1 = £56.00
  • Eldrid Zodiac Helmet = £50.00

This equipment list is the basics for climbing sports and what I would need to photograph the sport.

Equipment list for travel photography and sports (in terms of cameras, software etc)

Camera

  • Canon 5D Mark 111 22.3MP DSLR = £2,178 Wex Photographic
  • Nikon D750 24.3MP digital SLR = £1389 Jessops

Lenses

  • Canon EF 11–24mm f4 USM lens = £2799.00 Wex Photographic
  • Sigma 24–70mm f2.8 IF EX DG HSM – cannon fit = £549 We Photographic

Memory cards

  • SanDisk 16gb Ultra Compact Flash = £14.99
  • Lexar professional 32gb 800x ultra compact flash = £24.95

Batteries (for canon 5d mark 111)

  • 5D Mark iii battery canon = £19.99 Duracell direct

Computer

  • Apple MacBook = £1,049
  • HP Pavilion 15-ab271sa 15.6" laptop = £349.99 PC World

Software

  • Photoshop – on a photography package include photoshop and Lightroom = £8.57 per month

Travel costs

  • Petrol = £1.08 per litre
  • Car costs =. Peugeot 206 1.4 HDi S 5dr car £1,500 (auto trader in Plymouth) , insurance endsleigh for graduates £845.31 (annually) , tax £30 per year

(These figures could change depending on circumstances, they are just an average.)

Total costs:

Climbing equipment £512.98

Camera equipment £6028.93

Car costs £2375.31

Total £8917.22

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