Travel Photography Tips :
Carrying a DSLR on your next trip/hike or adventure? Here are a few pointers to help you get that best shot without any hassle.
A tripod always makes it easier to get steady and stable shots for stills and videos. Although, at times it is difficult to carry a tripod when you are riding solo- in that case a monopod can be preferred which not only increases portability but also makes it easy to experiment different angles.
The duration of your travel generally decides the need for spare batteries. A DSLR has an average shutter count of 300-400 clicks in a single charge, whereas a GoPro can last for an average of 3 hours in a single charge. Thus, carrying extra life for your camera is a necessity while creating a checklist.
Travelling starts with a backpack and when it comes to your camera it is very important to always buy a waterproof bag or backpack making it easier to tackle any kind of weather conditions. A poncho/rain-cover can also be used with your existing camera bag if it is not waterproof.
Choosing the correct lens is always imperative. Whether it is the Prime, Tele or Wide angle lens or at times all of them. This decision can be made clear only if we have in mind what all are we trying to explore in our adventure. A wide angle lens will capture scenic landscapes whereas a Tele lens would help you take those extreme zoom shots.
eg. The 18-135mm and the 24-200mm lens work fine for both Tele as well as Wide-angle shots.
After battery, storage is the biggest problem faced by photographers. An average .RAW file size of Canon Mark III is around 17-35 MB. which makes it very important to carry ample memory cards especially in the case when you are not only capturing stills but HD videos as well. A class 10 memory card is preferred as it has a high transfer rate of around 60-90 MB/s.
The best thing about traveling out of the major metropolitan cities is that you are able to see the complete sky full of stars which is no longer a privilege for city dwellers. Capturing the night sky, a star trail and the milky way is every travel photographer’s dream. This can only be done by using wide aperture lenses. The lower the F Stop, the higher is the amount of light entering the camera. Thus, lenses with F1.8, 2.0 are best preferred to capture night skies. Some additional settings that you can try are ISO 3500 and shutter speed between 20” to 30”. Always keep a check on your ISO level as high ISO might end up adding grains in your picture. (Use manual focus for night shots and set the focus at infinity, or else you can set your focus by pointing to any light source eg.a light pole/bulb that is about 80-100ft. away to manually set your focus).
Sports Action Cameras & GoPro’s because of their portability and choice of multiple accessories which allow us to capture many unique angles have become the trending talk between all travel photographers. It is always good to carry a GoPro with you to explore new angles of adventure travel and also if you don’t have one there are many websites like: www.escaperoute.co.in who provide these cameras on rent for your next big adventure.
Timelapses are preferred the most not only by the audience but by the top photographers as well, as it helps you re-live that beautiful moment that passes by with the help of ‘n’ no. of shots. One second of a video contains 25 frames or still images thus, you need to calculate the no. of your shots accordingly with the length of the time-lapse you wish to capture.
A shutter remote helps in capturing images with an equal interval and helps to keep the time-lapse steady as pressing the shutter button again and again will ‘blur’ the shot.
(It is advisable to always use a tripod for capturing a time-lapse).
A UV filter acts as a protective wall between the lens and the dust. The UV filter also stops certain amount of Sun rays entering into the camera making it easier to capture shots on a bright day and at the same time keeping our CCD/CMOS safe.
The most important thing to keep in mind while travelling is that our camera is exposed to a huge amount of dust and various other particles in the air that might affect the lens and even freeze your Focal Length ring if not taken care of. Thus, a cleaning kit can come handy any day when you feel that the dust is affecting either your filter, lens or the body.