Photography Tips for Traveling with cameras

Photography was once considered as an expensive hobby. Not anymore though! With the arrival of digital photography pricing for good DSLR cameras has came way down. Now even if you are not a full time professional you can have a great camera and be able to take that camera with you on your travels. However, photography while travelling still presents its own challenges. Here are some tips which will make your travel-photography more pleasurable, convenient and memorable.

  • 1. Carry ample memory space
  • You never know when you will find that perfect subject or that beautiful scene which will make you fire away hundreds of frames. So, it pays to be prepared. Carry at least 3-4 memory cards with you when you are traveling. And if it happens to be a long trip, download the images into a hard disk (laptop) or write them to a CD via some local internet kiosks. If you are choosing the CD option, it would be a good idea to make two copies for safety before erasing the memory card.

  • 2. Take care of your equipment
  • Traveling exposes your camera to a wide range of temperatures, humidity conditions and dirt. Having a camera cleaning kit is a must and you should take time out once in 2-3 days to clean the camera thoroughly. The same advice holds for the lenses too. Use a screen guard to protect the camera screen and a lens hood as a safety against lens-damage.

  • 3. Batteries are your lifeline
  • All your camera’s power arrives from the batteries. It would be a good idea to invest in rechargeable batteries. While carrying the charger, please ensure compatibility in the voltage. While some countries offer 110V, some others have 220V. And if your camera makes use of a specialized battery, you should have at least one spare battery to be safe.

  • 4. Document your journey
  • Ensure that your photos tell the story of your entire trip because it is only a story that catches attention. Also remember that anything which interests you is a good subject for photography and telling the story of your trip. Your trip is unique to you and remember to photograph your own personal story. Document what you eat, where you sleep, etc… to tell the full story of your trip.

    Daily Disney - Dumbo at Night

  • 5. Take permission before shooting people
  • You never know where it would be considered offensive to click away without permission. In some places, it is even illegal! It will be nice if you can pick up a few words in the local language, seek permission and then photograph people. People are excellent subjects for a photo story!

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  • 6. Don’t miss the ‘icons’
  • If you end up photographing New York and not clicking the Statue of Liberty, you have missed something! Ensure that all the highlight monuments, spots, icons etc. of a place have been captured in your card. Try to shoot these when there is a crowd and when there is no crowd too. Capture them from unique and different perspectives. There may be millions of photos of the status of liberty however yours will always be unique and capture a moment in time that will never happen exactly like that again.

    Lady Liberty, New York, NY

  • 7. Capture the local flavor
  • This can be as simple as shooting the local flora and fauna or even the headline of a local newspaper. What may seem as everyday items for the local people are not everyday items for you! So go ahead and imbibe as much of the culture and tradition of the place as you can in the electronic format.

    Conclusion:
    Travel photography will tell a moving tale when you make efforts to capture all that fascinates or intrigues you. Just ensure that your camera is well-maintained and you have sufficient batteries and cards for the shoot!

    About the Author: This was a guest post by Rich Gorman online marketerer and veteran in direct response marketing and advertising.

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    Author: Mark Stagi

    Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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