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Travel Tips

I love to travel. 

And I love photography. So naturally whenever I visit a new place I bring my camera along to capture those memories and amazing sights while I am far away from home.

Here I have compiled a few of my favourite travel tips to help those of you planning on exploring some photographic opportunities on your next holiday getaway.

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Planning ahead

My first tip is not to overpack. So many times I will bring more lenses than I needed only to never use them. The less equipment you are required to lug around the more likely you will be to take it with you once you are at your destination. Keep your travel kit light and efficient and you will save yourself the burden of a sore back from carrying unnecessary gear around all day on your holiday.

Be familiar with your gear

Don’t bring the latest kit! This is not a time to experiment to try out a new camera body or tripod. When you are visiting a new location stick with what your know. Use the gear you are most comfortable with so you're not wasting time learning your newest while trying to capture those prefect moments. You are there to relax, not be stressed out. Shoot what you know and love. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be.

Try to avoid anything that will get between you and making a great photo. 

(That being said, a good ND or polarising filter can't hurt.)

Make friends with the locals

When visiting new places try to capture images of the people around you. Nothing helps to tell a story about a location better than the people. A language barrier may get in the way, but always try to make a connection with your subjects. Make sure you smile and acknowledge your camera when trying to take pictures of strangers. Offer to email a photo to your subject as a way of saying thank you.

Lens choices

When you are in a location with a lot of action, you can try a good telephoto lens to get your shots from a distance, but a wide angle lens may make for a better shot if you’re lucky enough to be right in the middle of the action.

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Look around and think about what you want to capture before turning on your camera.

Workflow

Try to get into a habit each day to go through your photos and back them up. Nothing is worse than spending days capturing images from a once in a lifetime holiday only to find that your memory card was lost or corrupted. 

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I’m lucky that my camera has Wifi built in so I can transfer photos to my mobile on the go  

I often leave my laptop at home and only travel with my iPad, so I use the Lightning to SD card reader to offload my photos each day. A great addition if your camera is not Wi-if enabled (or you need to reserve some precious battery). It works on your iPhone as well, and gives you the opportunity to send some of your best photos to Instagram while on the go. 

Another great option for backing up in the field is an external hard drive with built in SD reader. I like the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro.

It gives you portable storage to easily offload, edit and backup photos on the go. With an SD card reader built-in, you get an all-in-one drive to streamline your workflow and the built in battery  provides up to 10 hours of continuous use  

As an added bonus you can even stream your iTunes content over the built in Wi-fi to a connected tablet or laptop.

Tips recap:

  1. Plan ahead when packing for your trip.
  2. Know your gear. Only bring equipment you're comfortable with.
  3. Respect the people around you.
  4. Consider your lens choices. Both wide and telephoto may be needed depending on your plans.
  5. Don't forget your backup plan. Every post shoot sit down to edit and backup your photos.

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