Travelling with a Camera : Part 1

Traveling with a camera is sometimes not easy if you intend to use a DSLR system which can be heavy, bulky and delicate. If you are flying it may have to be part of your checked in baggage allowance and you may incur addition cost. A good point and shoot may be an answer if you are traveling just for fun.If you are traveling and taking picture for work or potential gain then in most cases you will need to use a DSLR and good lenses, both which tend to be heavier and require more skill and expertise to use. They will need to be protected and kept safe from the elements.You may also need to carry a computer of some sort for downloading images.To achieve success with travel images is about planning and knowing what you want to shoot.

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It is not about wandering around looking for things to make pictures of.Planning your trip will make the difference between holiday snaps and real travel pictures that will be of interest to others.

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Where, how and what pictures you wish to take to a greater degree will dictate what equipment you will need to carry. Traveling by car, in your own country, you can more or less take whatever you like. Things change when traveling to foreign lands where you will have to be more selective in the equipment you take as you will have to carry it and airlines have weight restrictions.Selecting the equipment you wish to take is a personal thing but there is little point carrying things that you may never use so be strict with yourself. For lots of people a good quality compact camera will meet most of their needs but for those photography enthusiasts amongst you, you will need to make some decisions.

To get the picture you want, you need to think about the pictures you would like to take, this will lead you too the gear you will need. Planning your trip is probably the most important part of the process. Knowing where you will be going and what you may be seeing. Plan your itinerary well and you are ½ way to getting some good pictures. Research is the key to good planning, look at the area you will be visiting, check the internet for places of interest and not just for the ‘’touristy’’ places.

Many places have things of interest than the normal tourist may not visit, and some great images are to be had. Try and think outside the box when doing your planning. Yes you may want pictures of the places and thing all tourist see but you can do much more on top of this.

1.Where am I going.
2.What kind of images do I want to take.
3.Where are the places I want to visit. Time of day best visited. Map coordinates, where is the sun going to be.
4.How do I get there?
5.Do I need a local guide?
6.Transport.
7.What gear will I need?

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You should know in advance the general area you will be visiting, ie Cambodia; this will enable you to begin your advance research. Where in Cambodia will you be visiting, what is there, how do you get there? Search the net for places to visit, best time of day, and best time of year. Are there any special events going on like the Water Festival.

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Where is the best place to see the locals if you are interested in people and street pictures. (Also consider how the locals may react to having their picture taken) Time again to consider the gear you may need. Working in close with a wide angle lens or using a telephoto zoom.

The kind of images you plan to take is important within the planning stage. Are you interested in people and street photography, architecture, history, formal images? This will again affect your choices of what gear to take and what places you will visit. Remember also that it is generally impossible to do everything in one visit to any place.

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Make a list of the places you would like to visit and prioritize then in order of their significance to the pictures you would like to take. Make decisions about time to be spent at different places, would time be better spent at one particular place than another.

 To be continued

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