ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY PART I
Before you get to your destination you’re going to need a rough idea of what to take along.
The most important aspect of packing is not to forget anything. Packing everything in one go can lead to forgetting something really silly, but vital for your kit – like a tripod plate. Write a full list of what you’re going to need a week before your trip, and as soon as you think of something else, add it on.
Apps like Wunderlist are a great way to create to-do lists and keep track of everything you’re likely to need.
Don’t get caught short with batteries
Make sure you pack the right chargers for the area you’re travelling to, and plenty of spare batteries too. There’s nothing worse than missing an amazing shot because you’ve run out of battery. Check what plug adapter you’re likely to need before you go, and buy one in advance. This will save you money and potential disappointment at the airport shops.
Protect your kit
It’s vital your kit is well protected while travelling. I’d suggest taking all items inside your carry-on luggage, rather than checking it into baggage. Wrapping your camera in a towel or in some extra clothes is a great way of protecting without adding any extra weight.
Do I need to be tough?
If you’re heading to a place that’s freezing cold, wet or windy and there’s a good chance your camera is going to get knocked around, you’ll probably need a tough camera. These types of camera are designed, as the name suggests, to be extra resilient. The Olympus TG4 is about as rugged as a camera gets: built to survive the most brutal conditions, it also works underwater without any special housing.
Find your locations
When you’ve planned where you’re travelling to, you’re going to need some good locations to shoot. Google Maps is a great place to start but don’t overlook websites like TripAdvisor, local tourist information offices and travel forums. These are all a great source of first-hand knowledge, and can often give in-depth information on how to find and shoot a location, as well as mistakes to avoid.
Get the best light
To catch the day’s nicest light, you’ll need to know exactly where the sun rises and sets. A compass is a useful tool to use in this situation, but an easier way is to buy an app like Photographer’s Ephemeris available for iOS and Android. This lets you see how to light falls on the land and what you’re best position to shoot is. If you don’t want to part with £3.22, you can always use the desktop version for free!
Even with the excellent weather sealing of the OM-D series, moisture can be drawn into a camera when lenses are changed especially in humid conditions or on cold nights. By getting a small packet of silica gel, securing it inside a body cap with some tape and attaching it to the camera, you can help draw out moisture. Just avoid dislodging the packet by moving the camera around too much.