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The Definitive Travel Checklist For Amateur Photographers

Here's a quick round-up of all of the essentials you'll need for your next trip to ensure you never miss a shot.

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Whether trekking the hills in the next county or awaiting your first views of a new country, capturing the perfect travel shot is an integral aspect of any holiday escape. To help you prepare for your next adventure, have a look through our definitive travel checklist for amateur photographers.

 

Carry On Photography Bag

Have you ever considered the beating that your gear takes before it appears on the luggage carousel at your final destination? News articles have showcased that even stickers indicating fragility often make little difference in how your bags are handled. As a result, you shouldn't put expensive photography gear in your check-through luggage.

Instead, to protect your expensive camera equipment and priceless memories, ensure you purchase a photography bag that can be taken on board the plane. You’ll want to look for one that is comfortable, durable, and can carry all of your gear. 

 

Convert Your Camera Bag

It is also worthwhile purchasing a day bag that has designated space for your essential photography gear, as well as any other provisions you need for a day trip to the tourist hot spots. Most photography bags nowadays can convert to an everyday bag as well as being designed to securely carry photography equipment. 

 

A Waterproof Bag Is Useful 

Whether you are looking for shamrocks in the green hills of Ireland or are on a slow boat up the Mekong, you’re going to want to ensure your photography gear is dry. If you don’t have a quality waterproof bag or equipment case, then we recommend packing plenty of Ziplock bags in various sizes. 

 

Your Smartphone Is A Great Photography Tool

There will be plenty of moments on your travels where the opportunity to pull out your smartphone camera is both faster and more convenient. Make sure you have an up-to-date model that can take excellent photos in low or bright light. With the apps available now for photo editing, it is getting to the point where only an avid purist photographer needs a real camera.

 

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Get To Know Your Camera

No photographer wants to forget their camera on an epic trip. However, you would be astounded at the number of tourists that buy an expensive, state-of-the-art DSLR and have no clue how to use it. Do your research and take experimental shots before you leave home.

 

Pick Your Lenses

Any great photographer will tell you that lenses are where you should allocate your money if you want to sell photos online. If your baggage space is limited, first assess what and where you will likely be shooting. You will undoubtedly need a longer-reach zoom lens like a 70-300mm, or longer, on safari. In a city, you will likely be taking portraits and landscapes and prefer a 24-70mm.

 

Memory Cards And Cases

The number of photos that can be kept on one memory card today versus a decade ago is phenomenal. However, we highly recommend packing more memory cards than you might need and numbering them with a Sharpie before you use them.
 

Pack Your Laptop And Card Reader

If you can, we highly encourage amateur photographers to carry their laptops on their travels. You can also make it a nightly ritual to use the card reader and upload all of your photos. 

 

Invest In Cloud Storage

Investing in cloud storage means that you can rest knowing your travel photos are safe, even if your computer is stolen, memory cards are misplaced, or your camera falls in a river.
 

Pack A Power Source

All electronics will inevitably need power. Unfortunately, finding the right type of plug isn’t always straightforward, especially if you are on a multi-country trip. Be sure to pack extra batteries, all necessary chargers, and a universal adaptor. For extra peace of mind, buy a solar charger that could be a lifesaver when far from the nearest plug.

 

Cleaning Equipment Is Important

Gorgeous beaches, dusty cities, and beautiful landscapes will all inevitably result in your gear getting dirty. Be certain to pack the appropriate cleaning provisions before you find yourself scratching a lens or wrecking the mechanics. Here are some cheap and easily accessible items to throw into your pack:

  • Silica gel packs for humidity
  • Rocket blower
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lens Cleaner

 

Pay For Insurance

You might have already thought about medical or travel insurance, but have you checked the fine print? Insurance will often not cover expensive camera gear unless the items are included in the initial application. Double-check that your gear is covered for every eventuality rather than being out of pocket or without a camera for the rest of your trip.

 

Final Tip: A hobby photographer can easily go down the rabbit hole when it comes to spending money and obtaining gear. You can splurge on an expensive tripod or make do with a simple bean bag for stabilisation, but our last suggestion is to double-check you’ve packed each and every cable.

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