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  1. It's useful to get a general idea but it's not an indicator of how good a photographer you'll become. Photography (and video) is not always about the gear, rather more about how you use the tools and if you know how to use them.
  2. I don't use GoPro for low light use. But if you use them to film in 4K and scale the res to 1080p in post after filming in low light, the image may look acceptable.
  3. Both the A6500 and A6300 should have similar rolling shutter issues. The main improvement of the A6500 is the camera setting to change what the camera does when the sensor overheats (i.e. an override to what it does by default in the A6300) and addition of a better implementation of S&Q motion mode.
  4. Why don't you also discuss this on a forum or Facebook Group where a lot of travel photographers (mainly trekking, mountaineering, skiing) hang out and see what other ways they bag up their kits.
  5. My last GoPro Hero is a Hero 3+ and I only own the Hero 5 Session. All GoPro cameras should use the same type of mounting system using their various types of camera covers/holder frames. Hero 5 Session: Can't change batteries though you can power it by USB power bank (I think, because I've never tried it yet). No HDMI out, no mic jack. Mainly is a matter of size and form factor, with some slight technical specification differences between Hero 5 and Hero 5 session.
  6. This is one of the bags I use: Mindshift Gear Rotation 180 https://www.mindshiftgear.com/products/rotation180-professional Main compartment has a metal frame, separate waist bag for a single camera body with lens (will fit a Nikon D800 + 24-70 lens combo easily), two different ways to carry tripod, room for ice picks or hiking poles on the sides, and probably can hold a pair of skis on the back (not a skier so never tried it before). Or get a good technical bag (e.g. from NorthFace) for skiers and see how you can fit camera gear. Also look at the Modular skin/component kits from ThinkTankPhoto if you decide to go with a non-photography technical bag. These bags can be strapped around belts, shoulder straps of larger bags, etc. If you really want a bag that lasts, it will require spending some good cash.
  7. If you don't mind spending money: Mindshift Gear bags, they are designed by photographers for multipurpose use. Otherwise Lowepro, Kata, Tamrac or even just a good generic hiking/camping bag like ones made by North Face. Wrap your camera in a t-shirt as a friend of mine does when he goes camping.
  8. Non Apple/Mac alternative to Adobe would be DaVinci Resolve for video editing and color grading (frankly color grading in Resolve is easier and better than Premiere) and BlackMagic Fusion for motion graphics/effects work. Alternatively you can try the free version of Avid Media Composer. Anything better costs more. If you have a Mac/Apple, try Final Cut.
  9. You buy a lens based on what you need, not because someone said it's good for beginners.
  10. What's 18.5:9 multiplied by 2?
  11. Which version of AE are you using? In AE you just create a new composition using the width and height which AE will show as being 37:18 aspect ratio.
  12. A bit too dark for my taste, and the cropping.
  13. It's a matter of balancing things out and figuring out what kind of camera you need to accomplish what you want to do. Sometimes all I carry is my phone or an advanced compact, I don't necessarily carry my DSLRs with me all the time. Go to a store that has various camera models on display, try them out, hold them in your hands and see how you feel about using it. Any entry level camera (primarily DSLRs/Mirrorless) would be suitable for you to learn and practice. If you have friends/family who already own some Canon gear... buy a system that you can share or at least have someone who can help you familiarize yourself with the system. AF systems' performance depends on a lot of factors. Available light (and aperture settings when taking photos, some AF systems start to degrade performance as you use smaller apertures), number of focus points (mainly what you want are more cross type focus points, but you don't necessarily need a camera with 100 AF points), the type of AF tracking system (phase detect, contract detect, etc.), speed of the focus motor (either in lens or in camera body), the type of AF tracking setting you use (and if you're going to be panning a moving object to take photos then also the performance and existence/lack of image stabilization). But of course not all of these factors contribute equally to the performance of the system.
  14. For a beginner like you, a $500ish entry level camera with the basic kit lens. Spend the rest of your budget on courses.
  15. IR photography?