Here’s our Top Travel Tips for Photographers:
1 Take your charger, even if it’s only a weekend away! Charge the battery every night to ensure your camera is ready when you need it. And remember, cold weather shortens the life of batteries.
2 Take lots of memory cards. They’re cheap, and why risk missing out on that once-in-lifetime shot because your memory card is full? Make sure you format them in the camera before you leave. If you are planning to take lots of pictures and are wondering whether to buy one big card or several smaller ones, we recommend buying many smaller ones. If you lose the one big card, or gets damaged/corrupted in some way, you will lose all your photos.
3 With this in mind, don’t be scared to take one extra photo. You may never come back! Also, don’t delete a picture off the back of your camera without first looking at it in on your computer. The camera’s screen is too small to have a thorough look at the image and you might miss something interesting in the background.
4 Backup the pictures! Keep the used cards separate from your camera (and secure) in case it gets lost or stolen.
5 Be aware of visiting places where taking pictures may not be condoned or may be against the law. As a rule of thumb, avoid photographing inside airports, at border crossings, where there are police or military officials etc. Respect signs that say “no photography”. Also, different countries have different laws about what is acceptable as far as photographing people – research this before you go!
6 If you don’t have a tripod, a bin/chair/or the ground can be a great makeshift tripod.
7 If you are taking pictures at night, and the camera suggests using a tripod or you cannot get sharp photos because the shutter speed is too low, you can use your camera’s self-timer for a hands-free shot that minimises camera shake.
8 Use your shadow as a guide. It’s best to keep your back to the sun when taking pictures so if you look down and see your shadow you’re looking the right way. Of course this is not always possible.
9 Be creative and don’t forget to change your point of view. Don’t just arrive at a scene and take the first shot you see. Remember to think about WHAT you would like to highlight in the scene.
10 Keeping a shopping bag in your pocket or camera bag is a great way of protecting your camera if it rains.
11 Test your camera before you go away. Learn how to use it, and try not to buy it the week before you go away. If you’re flustered and have not read the new manual or are not familiar with the camera, you may not be getting the best out of it.
These tips will ensure that you capture some awesome memories of your trip. And on a final note, make sure you have the camera ready at all times – you never know what’s around the next corner.
Here are some photos from our travels. Head on over to our No Green Square Facebook page and post your best travel photos.
Sunset over Mount Fuji from the Shinjuku Government Tower, Japan
Sunrise over Ankgor Wat, Cambodia
Junks in Ha-Long Bay, Vietnam
Lake Manchester on Fraser Island, Australia
While traveling, keep your camera handy and ready to take photos. Try to get some shots that are a little different from the norm, using a different angle or perspective.