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10 Safety Tips For Photographers When Traveling

10 Safety Tips For Photographers When Traveling - Here's a quick list of 10 tips to help you keep your camera safe while on holiday.

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1. Make A Checklist

Before you leave for the airport make a list of all the equipment you're taking with you, writing down the serial and model numbers, too. It'll also help if you take photos of your equipment for your records.


2. Check Your Insurance

Make sure you have the right insurance just in case your equipment's stolen or damaged. If you're unsure if your equipment's covered, read your policy or ring your insurer. 

3. Put Your Equipment In Your Hand-Luggage 

Camera gear is fragile so don't pack it in the case you plan on checking in at the airport. If you do, you run the risk of equipment getting damaged. Do remember to check the size and weight restrictions on luggage with the company you're traveling with as airlines tend to have different rules / restrictions when it comes to luggage you can carry-on. 

4. Don't Take Trips On Your Own

If you're planning a few day trips don't go alone. That way, when you're framing up your shot, your 'buddy' can watch your camera bag and any other equipment you have.


5. What's Your Bag Look Like?

Don't use a bag that screams: "Look! I have a very expensive camera in here."



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6. Don't Put Your Bag Down

Even when you're taking a photo don't leave your bag on the floor and never leave it unattended. When you're in busy locations such as markets, carry the bag on your front as if it's on your back, there is the chance that someone could access it without you knowing. You may think you look a little silly but that's better than finding all of your gear's gone.


7. Carry Spare Memory Cards

Don't just take one memory card with you as if it's stolen or lost that's it. Always carry a spare in your bag and keep one locked away in your hotel room too, just in case.


8. Try To Fit In

Having confidence and looking like you know where you're going (even if you don't) will mean you're less likely to be bothered. Try to blend in rather than stand out as a tourist. 


9. Put Your Equipment In A Net

You can buy safety nets which you place your equipment in and then you fasten the net to a solid object that's fastened down.


10. Use A Safe

Most rooms have safes that will fit memory cards, chargers, compacts or a small DSLR body in. If you have lots of kit or there's no safe in your room, ask at reception to see if they have them available at the desk. Just make sure you make a note of everything you hand over and take images so you have proof if anything goes missing. 

If you have any tips for photographers heading off on holiday, add them to the comments. 


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21 Jun 2015 9:14AM
Take more than one battery charger if practical. You don't want to waste your holiday searching for camera shops when your only charger breaks or is damaged.

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discreetphoton 12 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2016 7:54AM
When in big cities like New York:
Don't look up. Locals don't look up, only forwards or at the floor. Looking up singles you out, and most skyscrapers aren't recognisable from their ground floors anyway, due to stepped recession.
22 Jun 2016 12:21PM
If you are taking a 'big name' brand camera, put a piece of 15mm black electrical tape over the name/logo. Change the strap with the brand on it, to a plain, black generic strap. Carry the camera with the neck strap round your neck & across your body, messenger bag style, so it can't be ripped away or snatched, sometimes by thieves on motorbikes/scooters. same with camera bag or consider a photo-vest.
I wish the big names like Nikon & Canon would produce an all black camera strap. They could have the name on it just in black so it doesn't shout "look at me I'm expensive!" instead of the garish red or yellow trim/name.
Stay safe, enjoy your photography!

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