Hey guys, it’s Mark here from photography website Shotkit. I want to express my gratitude to Shawn and Jess for allowing me to guest post here on the awesome North and South Nomads blog.
When I’m not publishing geeky content on Shotkit about the best point and shoot camera or the latest Nikon camera bag, I’m either spending time with my family or shooting weddings locally or overseas.
It was my work as a destination wedding photographer that prompted my writing of a post on travel tips for photographers.
I understand that the North and South Nomads community are also avid photographers, so I wanted to share some of my favourite tips with you here today.
Whether you’re a pro photographer who’s lucky enough to travel the world like me, or just a mum with a camera who wants to document their kids on holiday (like my wife!), I hope that these 5 tips will be helpful to you.
Get the best camera you can afford
I wrote a whole post on the best travel cameras since it’s a topic that I’m really passionate about. Smart phones are fine for the odd snap, but I really recommend you invest in a good camera for your travels. ‘Good’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘expensive’ – it’s more important that the camera you choose meets certain criteria to warrant a spot in your hand luggage.
I also wrote a post on the best mirrorless cameras which you may find interesting too – mirrorless cameras really are the future when it comes to technological advancements in photography, with dSLRs lagging behind.
Get a lightweight cable lock
Small, lightweight cable locks like these are incredibly handy, not to mention inexpensive. You should always carry one to be able to quickly secure the zippers on your bags, then secure your bag to an immoveable object for short times.
If you’re really worried about your camera being stolen whilst it’s on a strap on your body, attach a tripod plate to the base, then thread the same retractable cable lock through it and your belt, belt loop, or just anything that would prevent a pick pocket from slashing your strap and grabbing your camera.
Leave the tripod at home
Traveling light is something that I’m sure Shawn and Jess prefer to do. Having a lighter bag makes travel more efficient and enjoyable after all. So when it comes to your photography gear, it’s important to pare down your gear selection to the bare minimum.
Tripods are one thing I often see being lugged around by travellers and it makes me cringe a little. Unless you absolutely need one, you can usually find somewhere stable to rest your camera for that slow shutter speed shot.
If you really must take a tripod with you to achieve a perfectly stable shot, I’d highly recommend nothing any bigger than a ‘tabletop tripod’ like the ones on this list of lightweight travel tripods.
Use USB charger units
Rather than packing multiple charging units for your camera and other gadgets, invest in a USB charger unit like this one. You’ll be able to run multiple USB cords from it to charge all your devices, and use just one travel adapter to fit the socket of your locality.
Several cameras that I recommend in the aforementioned travel cameras post can be charged via USB too.
Backup to multiple locations
As a professional photographer, I know full well the importance of backing up the photos I take. Even when I’m traveling for pleasure, I usually try and apply the same back up methodology to my photos and I recommend you do the same.
Until you’ve exported your photos to another device, you’re really taking a big risk with your precious memories. We’ve all heard horror stories of cameras being lost or stolen, and entire trips’ worth of photos being lost forever.
I’d recommend you download your photos to a computer or portable backup drive such as this every night when you return to your hotel. I’d also recommend you sign up for a Dropbox account (or similar service), so that when you export your images to your computer, you’re also backing them up in the cloud.
Upload speeds even in developing countries are usually very good, meaning that you can back up your photos overnight via Dropbox, and never have to worry about them again – even if you lose your camera and your laptop, your photos will still be safe ‘on the cloud’.
These 5 tips were just a small selection taken from my travel tips for photographers. Thanks for the allowing me the opportunity to share them with you here on North and South Nomads!