Posted on May 10th, 2012
When stepping outside of your comfort zone and exploring various travel destinations, there are a few tips that are recommended for a safe and successful journey. Photographers like to explore different settings and atmosphere, so they will travel to unique destinations like Greece, Italy, England, Ireland, and Russia. If you cannot explore the fine beauty of Europe there are also some excellent location here in the U.S. The following are a few helpful tips when partaking in travel photography.
First, it is best to set a course for your destination. Once you have decided where you would like to go, you should map out directions if you are driving. If you are traveling overseas, it is best to be aware of the country as well as any particular interesting facts about the country. Become familiar with the currency, history, and language of your location. Keep focus of the interesting history that may be in your country. Also, don’t just focus on your destination; become familiar with life in the outside towns as well.
Second, once you have become familiar with your location, it is best to also check on any laws or rules set by the local government in regards to photography. Some history monuments or museums do not allow photography in the location. With that being said, there are different alternatives you can explore in order to reach your photography goal.
Third, before leaving the comfort of your home it is best to double and sometimes triple check all your equipment. If traveling on a plane, if possible carry on your equipment and place any extra equipment with your luggage. There may be an additional cost with the airline, so it is best to check with the airline before departing. Another additional tip is to also be aware on the location of your destination’s local photography shop. You can be prepared but sometimes things happen. Make sure all equipment is clean and dust free. If you have the time and money, you should take a quick trip to your local photography shop and have the equipment professionally cleaned.
Fourth, whether your photos are for enjoyment or for employment, it is best to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. To avoid any legal mishaps or fights you should have a document made up or printed that local patrons should sign if they are included in your photograph. It is best that the individual gives permission to be photographed whether it is a candid shot or by mistake. Check with your local attorney to find out information with this particular issue and be prepared before leaving.
Travel photography is fun and exciting. Be creative with your shots. Explore the fine art that is out there and take a chance on a new vision.