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Planning and photography equipment choices for your holiday

Planning and photography equipment choices for your holiday - Steve Davey and David Taylor are professional travel photographers who have a spot of advice for you.

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Photograph by David Taylor: Boy hanging from a tree in Zanzibar.
When your on holiday, it’s all too easy to snap away without thought and then be disappointed with the results on returning home. So, to help you produce better portraits and make the most of your holiday locations, two professional travel photographers are here to help you out.
Before you step foot on a plane, probably around the time you start to get excited about going on holiday, do a little planning. Get on the internet or pick up the more traditional guide book and have a look at what your chosen location has to offer. Creating a check list of items you want to take with you is also a good idea, and spend some time thinking about what equipment you think you'd need.
Items such as battery charges, and if you're going abroad, plug adapters are essential,” explained travel photographer, David Taylor. "Once on the trip, if you discover something missing, make sure it goes onto the check list for next time!
Travel photographer, Steve Davey also agrees that planning before you go on any trip is vital: “Firstly, you have to make sure that all of your gear is ready, working and that you have packed everything that you will need. Next, research your destination. Use websites such as whats on when to see if there are any festivals and accuweather to check the climate and the best months to visit. Alamy will help you to work out what there is to photograph, and even some clues as to the angles and also the time of day. It is worth doing some of this research well in advance as you might decide to alter the time of a trip to coincide with a festival or wildlife phenomenon. This is all the more important if you have limited time on your trip, and want to make the most out of your photography.”
You also need to think about equipment. Do you want to take a compact for quick snaps or are you thinking about taking a DSLR? No matter what you decide, it's very clear that both photographers agree that it's not the size of your camera that makes a great picture.
DSLRs can sometimes be an impediment, particularly when shooting travel portraits,” explained David. “People can feel intimidated by having a large, professional looking DSLR pointed at them, but feel more comfortable being faced with a digital compact camera. Another advantage (rather ironically) is that compact cameras often have larger LCD screens than DSLRs so it’s easier to show the subject the photo you’ve just shot.
Photo by Steve Davey
Photo by Steve Davey: It doesn't matter what camera you use as long as you are creative. Don't just shoot from the obvious angles and viewpoints: look for more interesting views, such as, in this case by climbing on a bridge.
A DSLR does give you a few more options in terms of range of lenses, power and complexity of flash and the ability to shoot longer exposures at night,” added Steve. “The larger sensor size means that you are able to control the depth of field better and will have better dynamic range and high ISO performance. That being said, most people don't use a fraction of the quality and possibilities that their camera possesses. The most important thing is to use your imagination and creativity. This is especially the case when you're photographing people as this is when you want to be interacting with them, not fiddling with your camera.
In part two we go pool side to look at the best time to take a picture and tackle the well known problem of red eye.

Steve Davey's most recent book and range of travel photography tours can be found on his website: Steve Davey.
For more information about David Taylor and his travel work visit his website: David Taylor.
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