A post by: Mark @ Shotkit
Hey guys, it’s Mark here from photography website Shotkit. I want to say a big merci beaucoup to the Travelling Frenchies team for allowing me to guest post here on their fantastic family travel blog.
Whether you’re a pro photographer who’s lucky enough to travel the world like me, or just a parent 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.
1. Invest in a good camera
Smart phones are fine for the odd picture here and there, but I really recommend you invest in a good camera for your travels. I’d also recommend you avoid anything too big and bulky like a dSLR, and stick instead to a compact camera or something you can carry all day long with ease.
A good camera doesn’t necessarily mean an expensive one – it’s more important that the camera you choose meets certain criteria to warrant a spot in your hand luggage.
I wrote a whole post on the best travel cameras where I delve deep into the topic of what makes a good camera for traveling. Amongst those cameras I recommend, my pick of the bunch is the Fujifilm X100F a camera I used to document my recent travels in Europe and Canada with my family.
2. 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.
3. Don't worry about a camera bag
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect dslr backpack for my professional photography work… and I’m yet to find one that suits my needs! However, when it comes to traveling for leisure, I leave all forms of camera bag at home, and travel instead with a regular travel backpack or duffel bag.
Even if you opt for an unbranded camera bag to avoid any potential theft while traveling, having a dedicated bag for your camera is unnecessary in my opinion.
If you’ve followed my advice to invest in a small, lightweight camera for travel, you should be able to have your camera in your pocket, or at least around your neck, ready for immediate use.
Having your camera in your bag is just one more hurdle in getting the shot whilst on holiday – by the time you’ve undone your bag, got it out and turned it on, the moment may have passed.
When I’m traveling, I usually have my camera on a wrist strap or shoulder strap. Then when I’m flying, I tuck the camera in between clothes in my luggage to protect it.
4. 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.
Some modern compact cameras (including the aforementioned Fuji X100F) can also be charged via a USB connection, meaning one less battery charger to pack!
5. Backup your photos 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’.
Note: Thank you Mark for sharing these tips with my readers... if you want more detailed information please be sure to visit the Shotkit website.
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