About Belinda’s Photography Tips

Landscape and travel photographer Belinda ShiComing from a family of artistic background, I started practicing fine arts - Chinese calligraphy, brush painting, drawing and stone carving - well before I was 10.  However my travel photography journey didn't quite start until after a long term business career in the US and Asia.  

I spent two years traveling the world, and self published a photography book called "Discover The Word, Discover Me - Searching For True Self, Happiness and Freedom".   I later further explored my photography passion by photographing children for two years and diligently honing my portrait photography skills.  Landscape and children photography both allowed me to explore the truth and deepest meaning in the mother and human nature.   They require very different skills and equipments, yet strike a perfect balance for my photography passion.

Today, I'd like to share this passion with you.  On this website, you can find my photographs, my philosophy and technique to create certain images, and more importantly, the useful landscape and travel photography tips that YOU can use to document your own life and journey.  I want to help you not only achieve photo excellence, but also simplify and accelerate your post processing workflow, so you can be more efficient with your creative process and spend more time seeing the world. 

Here are my Best Photos of 2013: Top 10 of My National Park Road Trips, and my Favorite Landscape Photography Retouching Tools.

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Last but not least, I'd like to share two quotes from Mark Twain and Elliott Erwitt that well summarize my overall outlook on life and photography.

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's all about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see, and everything to do with the way you see them.
- Elliott Erwitt (Magnum Photographer)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover...

- Mark Twain (Writer, Traveler)

All photographs on this website are copyrighted by Belinda Shi and cannot be used without written permission. For licensing and publishing options, please contact Belinda



Many people asked me what camera I use.  The following is a list of photography related equipment I've invested in.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is a good overview.

Camera - learn my camera recommendations

  • Current cameras: Canon 5D Mark III (main body); Canon 7D (back up); Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (pocket camera for snapshots and videos)
  • In the past 15+ years
    • Canon 1Ds MarkII 16MP
    • Canon Rebel XTi 10MP
    • Canon EOS 3000 (film camera)
    • Canon IXUS 5MP (point and shoot)
    • Minolta Dimage 2 MP (point and shoot; yep when the consumer point and shoot just came out, I was playing around with a tiny one and I learned a lot about composition)
  • Current main lenses
    • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS  Telephoto Zoom Lens (personal favorite for portrait)
    • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens (personal favorite general use walk-around lens)
    • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens (personal favorite for landscape)
  • In the past 10+ years
    • Canon 135mm f/2L
    • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8
    • Canon 50mm f/1.8

Main Tripod, Ballhead (for landscape) - learn why you need a tripod and how to choose one

  • Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod
  • Really Right Stuff BH-40 mid-sized ballhead

Second Tripod

  • Mefoto C2350Q2T GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit

Camera L-plates - see sample pictures of L-plates mounted on my cameras

  • Two Really Right Stuff camera L plates, for Canon 5D Mark III and 7D
Filters (for landscape) - learn when and how to use filters
  • Lee Graduated Neutral Density Filters (Graduate 0.3 ND Soft, 0.6 ND Soft, 0.9 ND Soft)
  • Lee Big Stopper
  • B+W 10 stop filter
  • Three B+W clear UV filters for my main lenses

Intervalometer - Wireless Remote Shutter Release

  • Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter
  • Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release 

Off-camera Flash (for portrait)

  • Two Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash

Flash trigger systems (for portrait field lighting)

  • Two Pocket wizard radio trasmitters
  • Pocket wizard tranceiver
  • Pocket wizard zone controller

Studio lighting equipment (for studio portrait)

  • Larson Enterprise 4'x6' softbox
  • Alien Bee 800W studio lights
  • Six Light stands (with different sizes)
  • Four Strobe umbrellas (with different shapes)

White Balancing (for color management)

  • EzyBalance Calibration Card

Monitor calibration device (for color management)

  • X-Rite Eye-One display 2


  • 15" Macbook Pro with Retina Display (main photo processing computer)
  • 21" iMac
  • 13" Macbook Air
  • 13" MacBook (retired)
Multiple portable hard drives (for photo storage and backup)
  • 10+ drives ranging from 200GB to 4TB (Western Digital My Passport, Seagate are two main brands, also Apple Time Capsule, G-Technolgy, LaCie etc.)

Memory Card Reader

  • Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3 (main)
  • Kingston 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader (backup)

Memory Cards

  • Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB CompactFlash Card (main)
  • Multiple SanDisk flash memory cards, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB (backup)

Camera Bags - learn what's in my camera bag and how to choose the right bag

  • F-stop Guru backpack with medium slope ICU (for outdoor/travel photography)
  • Tenba Shootout backpack (for outdoor/travel photography)
  • Jill-e rolling red leather gear bag (for portrait photography)
  • Shootsac lens bag (for portrait photography)


  • Reflectors
  • Various studio backdrops
  • Extra camera batteries and battery charger



Photo organization & retouching - learn The Fast Track of Adobe Lightroom Workflow

  • Adobe Lightroom 3, 4, 5, 6 (right now 95% of my retouching is done in Adobe Lightroom 6)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6
  • Nik Software Complete Collection 3 and 4 (including Color Efex, Viveza, Silver Efex, HDR Efex, Dfine, Sharpner etc.)
Professional proofing, printing, production
  • ProSelect studio proofing
  • Various professional printing lab vendors for wall prints, canvases, albums, books, DVD slideshow production etc.

 Last but not least, I shoot RAW on 99.9% occasions, unless I run out of memory cards. 

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