TTT: Tips for photographers

February 17, 2009 at 8:47 am 1 comment

If you travel, you really ought to love photography as well – those pictures serve not only as proof that you were there but also reminders of the good times you had.  Here are some tips for preparing to take those photos before you ever leave home:

  1. Make sure you take enough memory.  Picture this: You’re on a Greek cruise.  It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and you’re at the final port.  You lift your camera to snap the perfect photo of a bird flying by a gorgeous cathedral and – oops!  Insufficient memory.  If you take a lot of pictures like I do, make sure you have as much memory as you can possibly stand to purchase.  On our 7 night Greek cruise, we shot about 1,800 pictures, and I definitely could’ve taken more.  We did fine with 2 4gb cards, but I’ll need a lot more space on our next trip – we’ve upgraded cameras, and I take even more pictures now.
  2. Take a spare battery.  I just ordered an extra one for our new camera.  My husband asked why – the batteries last for a loooong time in our DSLR.  I remember when our first battery quit on our last trip.  It was so nice to whip out the extra – and I didn’t even have to think about re-charging until I pulled out the second one.  What a treat.
  3. Make sure you have the ability to plug in your charger.  We have become sooo spoiled with cruising.  It’s so nice to not have to worry about taking converters since the ships are fitted to U.S. standards.  If you’re doing a foreign land-based vacay, triple check that you are taking the right kind of converter.
  4. Make sure you have the right camera bag for what you’re doing.  Read more about this in one of my earlier TTT posts.
  5. Do lots of research about magic hours and customs in the places you’re visiting.  For example, if you’re going to Venice, you have to go to St. Mark’s when the lights are on (usually 11:30-12:30 on weekdays and all day on weekends).  That’s not the perfect example since you’re not supposed to take pictures in there, but it’s the best I can think of right now.  It’s also important to understand the customs of the people you’ll be seeing.  For example, Amish people believe photos are a form of vanity and hate having their pictures taken.
  6. Pack all of your camera gear in your carry-on luggage.  I’d hate for it to get damaged or lost.  Be warned about carrying on a tripod – sometimes you may not get it through security.  There have been reports of people being required to check them as they may be considered weapons (esp. the ones with the spiky feet).

Happy shooting!

TTT: Travel Tip Tuesday


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Marco Crupi  |  February 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Hello I really like your blog, I would like a link exchange with you, I insert your blog to my favorite blogs 😉

    the address of my blog is:

    My blog deal of the art of photography.

    ( photo technique, post production, photo retouching, Reportage, how-to and articles )


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