Getting the right photography gear
Camera: A photographer on the go needs to be very careful about his/ her gear. Make sure you carry digital SLRs and Digital cameras. Avoid film cameras as many of my friends got their films spoiled during screening at the airport. If you are carrying a DSLR camera, make sure you also carry a compact digital camera with you. You will realize during the trip that you can’t take your bulky DLSR everywhere. Compact Digital camera comes in handy in such places and keeps those wonderful moments alive in your memories.
Lens: Make sure you carry a less bulky, normal use lens (like 18-55mm) for the normal trip. You may also like to carry one zoom lens (like 100-400mm) if in case you need it. I would recommend you carry something like a sigma 18-200mm lens or a 24-105L lens which will give you a good range in a single lens and will reduce the need of carrying two lenses which increases your baggage.
Batteries: This is one key element which can ruin your travel photography. Make sure you have fully charged batteries. Also, keep backup batteries for all the equipment you are carrying. You may also want to carry proper charging equipments to charge the batteries whenever you need.
Tripod: You may want to carry a good quality tripod, may be not very bulky but sturdy enough to hold your camera against wind. Don’t forget you have invested good amount of money in your camera. Tripod also comes in handy if you want to use the self-timer for a memorable group picture.
Weather: You must have checked the weather reports of the place you are going to. Did you actually think how weather can actually pose a problem in your photography? Make sure you carry water proof casing and the right bags for the equipments to keep them safe from any such situations.
Photographing people and places
When you travel you often meet people form different cultures and speaking different languages. It’s always a good experience and you would definitely want to capture such moments to remember for a long time. There are a few things you need to remember while capturing people and their personal places. Let’s have a look:
Security: With the news reports of tourists being attacked and other such stuff, make sure you do not carry expensive equipments in isolated places. You may not want someone to take your priced camera and lens from you. Also, take care of the local security norms. Do not carry or use equipments where photography is prohibited.
Cultural Issues: Check out the local customs. There are places where photographing other people can be a real problem especially women. In certain parts of the world taking pictures of women can land you in great trouble.
Capture environment: This is the interesting and the positive part. When traveling make sure you take landscape picture, long shots, aerial shots and with great DOF. Why? Well, capturing one person or small area will not give you the right feel of the environment you are experiencing. You can always debate on this. But such pictures will always remind you of the feel you had in such places and what you experienced.
Capturing people: Capture people in action when they are not aware of your presence. Is it contradicting from my previous point? Well, if you have checked the local customs you will know how much risk you can take. But make sure you walk up to the person and explain why you took that picture without their notice because you wanted it to come natural.
Document your trip
Make sure you keep a note of the all the places you visited and what picture was taken in what circumstances. You’ll want to thank me later.
So, pack your bags and get going… Do put down your experiences to share when you come back…
Posted by Monroe Ohio photographer Vincent Rush, Cincinnati Sports Photography and Dayton Sports Photography of Monroe Ohio. Vince Rush can be contacted by phone at (877) 858-6295 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://CincinnatiSportsPhotography.com