Make sure you capture the highlights of your vacation
Whether you’re scaling the peaks of of Japan or navigating the favelas of Brazil, nothing will help you commemorate your travel experience like a great photo. Coming back from vacation with albums full of images is like having a living journal of the time you went off to see the world.
But what about the logistics of vacation photography, such as which camera is best or how to remember every place you visited? Given the importance of taking and saving photos from your trip, a few tips to help you make the most of your adventure are in order. Here are some ways to make sure you capture the highlights of your travelling experience.
Get a user-friendly camera
Many travellers grapple with whether they should opt for a point and shoot camera or a SLR. While SLRs provide great photo quality and lighting options, point and shoot cameras are more lightweight and easier to conceal if you’re heading to a place off the beaten path. Plus, many of them offer a comparable photographic quality. In particular, beginner photographers will want to consider getting a user-friendly camera; for example, it’s easy to make photos on a Canon look like professional images.
Make sure it’s road-tested and vacation tough
When you go shopping for a camera to take along with you on your travels, make sure to get one that’s shockproof and waterproof. The shock absorption feature will make sure it won’t die if you accidentally drop it, as is likely to happen when you’re moving around so much. And a waterproof camera can be fully submerged without losing all of your irreplaceable memories. Just make sure not to confuse a ‘water-proof’ label with a ‘weather-resistant’ label; the former will protect your camera from all water damage, but the latter will only be good for surface exposure to moisture, such as rainfall.
Choose easy to pack accessories
Preferably, this will only be a case to store your camera when you’re not using, with a strap that makes it easier to carry. But you’ll also need an adapter to make sure that you can charge your camera, and if you’re travelling to multiple countries, you may need a different plug for each.
Document your photos with landmarks
As you move around from place to place, you’re not likely to remember the names of each location where you shoot photos. To remedy this, make sure that your first photo in each place is of a sign or a landmark that will remind you of where you were when you took all of your photos.
Know when to put the camera down
As with everything, capturing your vacation highlights is most skillfully done when you approach it with a balanced perspective. Although it’s great to be prepared at all times, don’t risk becoming one of those travellers that can’t see what’s in front of them for constantly peering through a viewfinder. Take in the moment by living it, and then use your discretion to decide when photo taking is appropriate.