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Drew Gardner Travel Photography Tips

Photographer Drew Gardner shares five top travel tips for photographers.

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1. Be Different

Going on holiday gives you the chance to try a different style and genre of photography. Instead of shooting the 'same old thing' why not try and produce something different? Experiment with lesser known functions on your camera and give your usual photographic style a holiday.

2. Consider What Kit You Need

It's important that you don't pack kit you don't need and always consider the luggage limits airlines have in place. You need to pack appropriately and really think about what images you'll be taking. For example, instead of taking a charger can you just pack 2 or 3 spare, fully-charged batteries instead? It's also important that you pack a memory card that has a large memory capacity as it's easy to quickly fill up a small memory card when taking photos on holiday as there's so much to see and capture. Memory cards tend to be expensive in holiday destinations so you don't really want to be paying out extra money for an item you could have packed.

3. Blend In With The Crowd

Whether it's to avoid becoming an obvious target for theft or to blend in with crowds to achieve better shots, it's important that you don't shout: "I'm a tourist" when out exploring. One way to conceal you're carrying photography gear is by using a smaller bag that doesn't stand out as a typical camera bag. One such bag is the DIVA Bag 15 Black STILE PLUS found in Manfrotto's Stile+ range of camera bags.

4. At The Airport

When possible, don't put your camera gear in the plane's hold. Some insurance companies won't like you doing it so either fit all the gear you need in your camera bag or on your person.

5. Take Your Photography To The Next Level

Even when on holiday an important tool for any photographer is their tripod. A good support will give you the chance to capture impressive night shots as well as the silky water shots you can only capture with slow shutter speeds and a tripod. A tripod that's designed to travel is the Compact Befree Tripod from Manfrotto. The compact, light and portable Befree is designed for the photographer on the move and can be fitted to your rucksack or carried on as hand luggage in its own case. Another option is to use a smaller support such as those available in Manfrotto's Pocket series. These mini tripods fit all compact cameras with a standard tripod attachment screw and once installed you'll almost forget it's there.


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