5 Tips To Prepare For A Mission Trip

You’re serving communities around the world – let your own congregation see this work.

You are traveling to another town, state or country to help make a difference. You may be traveling as a group or as an individual but no matter the case, your story will impact the lives of others.

Showing your own community just how you served another can be inspiring. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most effective is through either photos or videos, or both! These medias can be shown through a variety of channels including e-mail or social media, as well as in person presentations. 

Below are 5 tips for taking photos and storytelling with video while on a mission trip to make the biggest impact.

#1 TRAVEL SMALL

You have a DSLR and a set of prime lenses, but do you need that? Could you get away with a mirrorless camera and zoom lens? Traveling small allows you to ultimately take more, if you’d like, but also won’t break your back. Consider the Sony A7rII with a 24-70 lens if you are shooting photos and the Canon XA-35 or Sony A7sII if you are shooting video. Both of these systems will fit into a backpack or messenger bag and take incredible video.

#2 GET CREATIVE

In thinking about traveling small, consider other small gear that can take your story to the next level. The DJI OSMO+ is a handheld stabilizer that allows you to move with your subject, track them, and get some incredibly stable video footage. A GoPro is another small tool that is extremely handy. As something that can be taken underwater or attached to nearly anything, it’s a must have for any trip. 

#3 DON’T FORGET ABOUT AUDIO

Even if you are just shooting photos, sound can strengthen a story.Whether it’s interviews of other volunteers or the ambiant sounds around you, it’s another layer to remember. The Zoom H6 is the perfect package of audio gear to record almost anything if you are taking photos. If you’re filming on a Canon XA-35 consider a shotgun mic, or if you’re taking the Sony A7sII, add on the Sony XLR-K2M Adapter with Microphone

#4 WHEN FLYING, CARRY ON ALL GEAR

This goes alongside tip #1. When traveling abroad, carry the gear with you on the plane. You can buy new clothes and toothpaste if a bag goes missing, but dealing with the agony of gear that has been lost brings things to a whole new level. A carry on compatible bag that we love is the Tenba Roadie II HDSLR Backpack. If you can’t fit everything you need in that bag, you’re taking too much!

#5 EXTRA BATTERIES & MEMORY CARDS ARE ESSENTIAL

You’re overseas in a country with less running water and electricity than you are used to. Never miss an opportunity for a shot by bringing extra batteries and memory cards with you! To make sure your battery lasts as long as possible, check out our How Long Will My Camera Battery Last post. A good rule of thumb, though, is to never rely on electricity being available. 

Doing mission work can be one of the most rewarding times of your life. By taking small professional leve gear you can share your story and experience with others near and far.

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