Friday, April 30, 2010

Travel Photography- Planning the Trip

Travel Photography can be a lot of fun.  You might be going on a quick vacation or you might be spending a few weeks in a foreign country.  Whatever you are doing, it is important to be prepared.  The first thing you will need to do is to make a list of all the photography gear you will need.  More than once I have skipped this step and forgot things.  The second thing you need to do is to research where you are going.   There are several ways to to this and with the internet you should have access to plenty of info.  Always check out .  You can find photos from other photographers there.  Another way to see photos of where you are going is to do a search on .   You can look at other photos and find what time of day is best for your location.  This should be a starting point for your own pictures.  You should also do some research to find out what kind of events are happening while you are there. There might be a festival in a nearby town, or you might find a museum close to where you are staying.  You will want to find out what kind of weather to expect.  If it is going to be raining you might need to adjust your gear you are taking.  
Sometimes it is a good idea to work out a photo schedule. This way you can plan the trip ahead and get the great shots you have researched.  This is a little tougher if you have a family, but a great idea if you are traveling alone.  These are just a few tips on traveling but most of all, remember that this is a vacation and have fun photographing.

Below is a photograph of Zions National Park in Utah.

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