With summer here and vacation time having finally arrived, it's time to get out of your normal routine and go out on adventures in new and exciting locales. While you're there, you'll want to capture as many images as you can. However, carting your camera and gear around with you can be challenging -- not to mention the fact that some places have rules concerning when and where you can take photos. Figuring out how to get the best photos of your vacation you can get can be tricky. That's why we're going to provide you with a few helpful photography tips below!
1) Secure your gear
-- If you're going to be traveling by air, you'll want to make certain that your photography equipment is securely packed -- perhaps surrounded by bubble wrap or other packing material -- to protect it from damage in transit. If you have space in your carry-on or are not taking any personal baggage, you can carry your camera and gear with you on the flight so long as it meets the dimension requirements for that airline.
2) Get insurance
-- If you have a DSLR
and several lenses
, purchasing insurance on your gear may be worthwhile. This could help you keep down the costs of repairing or replacing any gear that is damaged while traveling or while out on your vacation.
3) Check out the venue in advance
-- Most popular tourist sites will have rules concerning photography on their premises posted online. Check them out and know them before you get there. In addition, some sites even have dress codes (such as Notre Dame de Paris) and will not allow you in if you are not dressed properly.
4) Memorize the best settings for your equipment
-- Trying to figure out which settings to use is not something you want to put off until after you've arrived at your destination. After all, if you want to capture silhouettes against a sunset, the sun is hardly going to stop setting just because you're not certain which ISO to shoot with.
5) Carry extra memory cards
-- Just don't put them through the X-Ray scanner if you're flying. Still, when you get where you're going, carry a few extra cards with you so you don't have to worry about running out of space and then have to make a special trip back to your hotel in order to grab more.
Vacation days are a great time to capture some memorable photos -- especially if you're going to do some traveling this summer. Just follow the tips above and use your common sense and you'll be certain to have plenty of images to share with your family and friends from this summer's grand adventures!
-- da Bird