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Maui Travel photography tips – before you leave

travel photography tips – image 1 Before you even set foot in your new destination there is something you need to have done – familiarised yourself with your camera.

Picture the scene . . . there you are poking your camera out of the train window trying to get a shot of the water buffalo as you whiz past. But it’s blurry. So you hunt through your menus trying to find the sports mode that you know has a fast shutter speed to freeze movement.

And you hunt for it . . . and keep hunting . . . .and finally, there it is! Sports mode! You poke your camera back out of the train window and take a picture of . . . a housing block! What happened to the water buffalo? You whizzed past them ages ago while you were fiddling with your camera.

Ok, so that’s an extreme example. But it gets the point across. Before you set out on your trip get to know your camera. It will help to avoid missed photos, and also, by choosing the right settings, it might improve your photos too. A couple of travel photography familiarisation tips for you:

  • Read your instruction manual (in fact, didn’t your manual say “read through this manual before using this camera”?)
  • Practice with your camera in the various modes/settings. It’s digital photography, so it will cost you nothing but a little time to do so.

Travel Photography Tips – What To Take

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Digital cameras come with a multitude of accessories; the camera, the memory card, the battery, the charger, the lead, the case, lenses (if it’s a digital SLR) . . . phew!

When you are planning your trip away there are a couple of camera related things to put on your checklist.

  • Check that you have packed everything that you need. If you usually leave the charger lead plugged in to your socket at home, make sure you unplug it and take it with you.
  • If you are travelling abroad, check the voltage of the country you will be travelling to. You may need to take a travel plug adaptor. And if your charger doesn’t work on different voltages (quite a lot actually do, but check it), you may need to get a new charger.

Of course, if your digital camera uses standard AA batteries (uncommon these days), you don’t have to worry about this bit!

Travel Photography Tips – Memory Cards

When it comes to memory cards, all is not as it may seem. Memory cards continue to grow in both size and speed. So what should you be packing?

Concerning size, first you need to find out how many photos you can fit onto a card.

  • To do this, put your existing memory card into your digital camera.
  • Set your camera options to maximum resolution (probably labelled “Large”, or “Largest”).
  • Set the quality setting to the second best (Probably called “fine” (rather than “superfine”), or maybe “good” rather than “best”))
    Why do I suggest using your second best quality and not the best? The difference to your eyes will be minimal, but the difference in how many photos you will be able to get on the card will be huge. If you’re travelling, you have to compromise a little on the quality in order to get the quantity.
  • Once you have set your camera up, format the memory card but make sure you have saved any photos on the card to your computer first!
  • When you have formatted your card look at your camera screen to see how many photos you will be able to fit onto that card.

travel photography tips – image 3 The next decision is personal choice – how many photos do you think you will take? Remembering that with digital travel photography you will probably take more photos than with traditional travel photography.

Once you have a rough idea, you will know how much memory you should take on your trip.

As a final travel photography tip concerning memory cards – if you are going to be buying some new cards for your trip it’s a good idea to buy a few smaller capacity memory cards, rather than just one big one.

For example, instead of buying one 4GB card, buy four 1GB cards instead.

The reason is that if you lose your camera, or your card, all your photos will be lost. If you have more than one card, at least some photos can be salvaged.