Planning a photography trip can be an exciting thing to do, especially in these times where we’re not sure when we’ll be allowed to travel again and having something to look forward to will help.
There are many popular locations to get photos of: the Matterhorn mountain in the Alps, on the border between Switzerland and Italy; the impressive skyline of New York; the imposing pyramids of Giza. These are just some of the most amazing places to photograph in the world – we could go on and on!
It’s exciting to think about taking a trip. That said, being able to relax and get the best shot can only happen if you’re not worried about anything. Planning a trip can be incredibly stressful, so here are a few things we recommend that you plan before turning up:
Do your research
Research not only what you’ll be photographing, but also the area you’ll be in. Is it a pickpocketing hotspot? Is it very sandy or incredibly humid? Take extra precautions around your gear.
Camera and gear insurance
The number-one thing you don’t want to be worrying about on a photography trip is your gear. You want to be able to grab your camera and get the shot. Accidents happen, we’ll never be able to stop that, but if you plan for the possibility and make sure your gear is insured, that takes away one level of worry.
A big worry for many is leaving your car while you’re on the trip of a lifetime, so trust in a company like Parkon.com to organize airport parking for you, whether you need short-term or long-term parking.
Rethink the carry-on
If you can, pack your most valuable camera gear in your carry-on luggage. While you may be concerned about the extra weight, having your most valuable possessions with you is vital.
Ditch the camera bag
Similarly, ditch the camera bag if you can. Using a generic-looking day bag that doesn’t look like a camera-specific bag will mean you don’t stand out as much to potential thieves. The same goes for that branded camera strap.
Book your hotel in advance
Popular travel photography locations (like the Matterhorn) get booked up pretty far in advance. Make sure you reserve your spot to get the shot you have been waiting for. As an extra bonus tip, quieter or more out of the way hotels usually lend themselves better to leaving before dawn and arriving after sunset for those two all-important golden hour opportunities.
At the end of the day, your trip should be a fun experience. Making sure you plan in advance will go a long way to ensuring you can make the most of what might be a limited window to get that ‘bucket shot.’
Always keep your eyes open. Remember that most tourist crime can be prevented with prior planning, so act in a respectful manner and don’t draw attention to the gear you’re carrying.
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