Travel Photography: Have a Checklist

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”— Paul Strand

If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta be prepared. Just as important as knowing your equipment inside and out is what other “stuff” you need to bring along to make sure that the images from the trip are as vivid as your memories.

Check List

Beside your camera(s) and lenses don’t forget batteries—lots of batteries—and a charger. There may not be a convenient 7-11 in Bhutan to pick up any AA’s.

Pack lots of memory cards but also think about a back-up strategy for storing images while you travel. Here’s what I do…(click) it may not be perfect and as always is just a suggestion. This is not a “my way or the highway blog.”

You know it’s gonna rain sometime….A small umbrella that fits in your camera bag can be invaluable.

If you have enough room in your luggage bring along tripod. If not bring think about an alternative, such as a small tripod or even something that can do double duty like Manfrotto’s Off Road Aluminum Walking Sticks ($74.) they are an alternative to monopods and designed for hiking in smooth or rough terrain, sand or snow while supporting you and a camera. .

You’ll need a camera or tote bag to keep it all in. My favorites for travel are bags like Think Tank Airport Accelerator ($294.75) backpack. It hold two SLRs and 6-8 lenses, has handles on three sides and includes a security cable and lock.

And don’t forget a hat and sunscreen!

light.bookAlong with photographer Barry Staver, Joe is co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s now out-of-print but new copies are available at collector (high) prices or used copies for giveaway prices—less than five bucks—from Amazon.

Author: Joe Farace

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