Photography tours are a singular opportunity to improve your skills while creating unique photos.
Discovering a new location has unprecedented advantages to your creative process, perhaps the obvious one relates to the unique experience of the journey and its cultural exchange and immersion.
Here are 5 easy and practical gear suggestions to consider while you prepare for your photo tours
- Packing can be the most crucial aspect of your preparations. It’s suggested to pack accordingly, and by this I mean to evaluate the type of photography you’re intending to do. There are many types of photography tour out there. Some focus on landscape, environmental, portrait and cultural photography. Make sure your gear is organized accordingly, as an example, if you’re only interested in landscape photography, pack your wide angle lenses and leave your tele-photos at home. Make sure you carry enough batteries to last you for the entire day.
- I was recently in a photography workshop lecture where the speaker, a world renowned photographer who claimed to have visited over 100 countries, was a strong supporter of the classic photography vest. The multitude of pockets and spaces made it ideal for carrying many small items (think spare battery or not losing more lense caps!) No need to go through the old and stuffed photography bag. This has its advantages, never miss a shot because of silly things!
- I once visited a hotel room where there was only a single electrical outlet available. That can be an unfortunate experience regardless of where you go. Depending on your destination, you might find that electricity is not always very reliable. It’s a good idea to pack portable power strip with surge protection. This will include an extra layer of protection and the convenience of charging multiple devices at the same time.
- I’m sure you do backups on the go. That’s always a must for the traveling photographer. Make sure you bring along a second pair of cables and memory reader just in case. You might perhaps find yourself in a isolated spot where it’s almost impossible to get a spare cable or memory reader. Without making it too expensive, think about risking not to make daily backups of your photos because the failure of a cheap cable/memory reader.
- If you use speedlights or light meters, or any other electronic device that utilizes batteries, make sure enough to spare during your travels. Again you don’t want to be in a remote place without being able to use your own equipment. That one that you have been hauling since you left home.
It doesn’t matter where you go. Being prepared and doing your homework will prove to be an invaluable advantage. Packing accordingly could mean a complete success or failure of your photography adventure.
Safe journey and may you take incredible photos