Top 9 Tips for Great Traveling Holiday Adventures

Hi camera love, we are travelling to Rome and Venice later in the year. Any chance of some tips for making the most of holiday snaps for those memories you want to last a lifetime? ~Sharon L

Thanks for asking Sharon.

We have come up with our top tips for Vacation and Holiday Photography.

1. Always take your camera gear on as carry on luggage. And Make sure your travel insurance covers your gear. There are a huge range of camera bags on the market nowadays. I prefer the ones that don’t look like camera bags when I travel, my favourite range is the Jill-e bags (see below for links). It makes it a little less obvious that you are carrying camera gear and they are also great to put other electronic family devices in as well. There are lots of great camera bags around so make sure you get one that is comfortable and light!!

2. Don’t take too much gear! But take plenty of cards for your camera! Be selective with your gear and don’t get too carried away with taking every bit that you own. Think about what you want to photograph and take just what you will need. The last thing you need is to be dragging around a heavy bag of gear everywhere you go. A good rule of thumb for a family trip would be a versatile zoom like a 24 – 70mm. that will give you a wider angle and a standard lens and possibly a telephoto zoom for getting up closer to the action. I also love my 50mm 1.4 as it give me wonderful shallow depth of field options which can really isolate what I am trying to show in my photographs.

Capture the Experiences

Capture the Experiences

3. Research the location: Google the places you’re going to and check out images from there, find places that you want to go and see what angles others have used. Take notice of the time of day that the photographs were taken and also the time of year. This can be a great source of inspiration and will really help to build the excitement around your adventures.

4. Get up early before all the tourists do. The light is so beautiful the hour after sun rise. Take the opportunity to go and see places as they wake up. Its amazing how different a place can be. An early morning walk before breakfast can be just wonderful, and made all the better when you can capture it in your camera.

Close up of the Sydney Opera House Tiles.

Close up of the Sydney Opera House Tiles.

5. Learn the basics. If you are new to photography then do a basic photography course on how to use your DSLR before you go? Sometimes what you want to capture in your head can be difficult to get into the camera, but by knowing what your camera can do and what you can do with your camera you will improve your photographic travelling adventure so much more.

6. Take lots of photos of your travelling companions. I often see photos of people’s overseas trips and they are great, but they don’t show me what you were doing there. I like to see photos of you and those that you were within the places that you are photographing, so don’t forget to get plenty of you and your family in the photo. And don’t always be the photographer, get others to take photos of you in the places you will be. In 10 years’ time when you are looking back on them, the photographs will have so much more meaning.

 

Holiday Snaps - include your family in the photos.

Holiday Snaps – include your family in the photos.

7. Remember the little things. The best thing about different cultures are the little things that are different to where we live. Photographs make the best memories. Often you might also have a wonderfully helpful local that gives you great advice or serves you great coffee every morning you are there, photograph them so you can remember that experience.

8. Download and post home your photos. Or at least back them up if you can. This is sometimes just not possible but if your hotel has a business office area, which many now have, you should be able to download and backup your photographs onto a small hard drive or put on a usb. I would even post home an additional USB but I am a bit of a crazy backup person 😉

9. Do something with the photos when you get back. When you get back from this wonderful adventure, do something straight away with your photos. Don’t let them sit on your computer hiding in a folder somewhere. Go and print them out, make a coffee table book with them, create a gallery of framed prints, and remember the wonderful experiences and people and places that you went. I use a company called milk books that do a wonderful moleskin photo book that has a pocket in the back where you can also put things like tickets, or flyers, or other memorabilia that then not only has just the pictures of your trip but also some of the mementos as well. See below for links to these.

Holiday Snaps - include your family in the photos.

Holiday Snaps – include your family in the photos.

Thanks for asking a great question Sharon. We hope you have a fantastic trip.
If you can think of any other advice that would be useful please add it to the comments below. It would be very helpful I am sure.

Our favorites suppliers from this blog.
Jill-e bags: http://www.jill-e.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-e-Camera-Photography-Bags-Australia/146161308754046
Coffee table books : http://www.momento.com.au/ and http://moleskine.milkbooks.com/

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