Tutorial: Travel Photography

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Travel photography has changed a lot over the last few years. Not so long ago you would take a few pictures and wouldn’t see the results until you got prints made when you returned home.

Today, you can shoot hundreds of images and upload the best to a personal blog or a photo-sharing site. This tutorial will help you make your photos stand out and give other people a real idea of the places you a visited.

         • Packing for your trip
         • What to photograph
         • Camera techniques
         • Back home


Temple in the evening light, © Rens Van der Kloot 2011, Canon EOS 400D

Packing for your trip
How much equipment should you take? Much will depend on the purpose of your trip. On a safari you will need to bring distant objects closer which means using longer telephoto lenses with an EOS. For IXUS or PowerShot owners a super zoom compact with 12x optical zoom or more is perfect to photograph the wildlife. However, there may be limits on what equipment you can take with you, so you will have to decide on the balance between comprehensive kit and portability. For EOS owners, an IXUS or PowerShot is a good companion to your DSLR as it can be popped into a pocket and used discretely.

Unless you are going into the wilderness, you should be able access power to recharge your camera battery in the evening. Remember to take a travel adapter to cope with the different mains plugs in different countries. It is also a good idea to carry a spare fully-charged battery.

How many photographs do you expect to shoot while away? Make an estimate, double it as you will often take more photos than you think and then work out how many memory cards you will need. Shooting with the RAW file format gives you more scope for processing the images when you get back, but RAW files are much bigger than JPEG files, so you will need more storage cards.

Although media cards are now available with 64GB of storage, multiple 4GB or 8GB cards are more sensible when travelling. The cards that are not in your camera can be stored safely at your hotel or in your pack; much safer than having all your images on one card in your camera.

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