Photography is the art of capturing images on a plate that chemically interacts with light or, as is common practice nowadays, with a digital chip. There are many subgroups or fields of photography, like:
- Fashion photographer
- Nature- or wildlife photographer
- Press photographer
- Sports photographer
and many more. But photography is also very suitable as a hobby. As a matter of fact: very few people go on vacation without bringing at least one camera. Why? So they can look back at the beautiful places they’ve been, and the good time they had there. Or just to show others where you’ve been. It won’t be surprising that there is a difference in the type of gear that a professional photographer uses, and the type that’s suitable to take on vacation.
What gear to bring if you’re a travelling photographer?
The obvious first thing you’ll need is a proper camera. There are many, and which one you choose depends on your budget and personal preferences. But assuming you have a camera, you’ll also need:
- Various lenses, so that you’ll be ready for beautiful sceneries as well as close ups of strange insects or flowers.
- Enough memory, because it would be a shame if you can’t take any more pictures before the vacation is over. If you bring a laptop, you could also transfer the photos from your camera to it, so that there is always enough free memory left on the card.
- A tripod. If you really want quality pictures, and can cope with the burden of bringing one. (there are small ones available)
- Cleaning tools/wipes, for optimal results.
- A proper bag, that protects the camera and is comfortable to wear/carry.
Photography on vacation: the pro’s
After your vacation, if you made a lot of photos:
- It’ll not only be easier to remember where you’ve been but also things that happened and the feelings you had will come back to you when you take a look at the photo’s you took;
- You could select a few (as many as you like) and have them printed on canvas;
- You could burn them on a cd (and write the name of the place and the date on it). Now you can lend it to family or friends that are interested in seeing more that just a selection that you probably showed them already.
- Long story short: photography and vacations go really well together. You don’t just take a picture, you immortalize moments, feelings and memories.