6 Quick Camera Tips

We all want to remember our favorite moments and places from our travels, which is why we carry cameras whenever we hit the road. Since no one wants to come home from a trip with photos that don't live up to the memories, here are some quick camera tips: 1. Smaller is better The more portable the camera, the better. Technology has advanced to the point where a camera the size of a cell phone (or a camera that is a cell phone) can take photos of impressive quality. This is a great perk for traveling photographers, but be careful about sticking that small camera in your pocket - there are lots of professional thieves out there who will skillfully snatch it while you're on a crowded bus. 2. ____ proof! You have to "proof" your camera from more than just water! The worst case situation for travel photographers is to lose the perfect set of photos. Water, gravity, clumsiness, and other tragedies can strike at any time, causing an unlucky traveler to lose all the great photos that he or she has accumulated throughout the trip. Preventative measures must be taken! If you're shopping for a new camera, check out a waterproof one. (At the very least you can use it as a fun party trick by dropping the camera into your drink to shock your friends.) Or use a waterproof case that will both keep your equipment safe and enable you to take underwater photos. Finally, make sure you have a way to attach your camera to your wrist or backpack to make sure that gravity doesn't grab your precious camera from you. But if an accident should happen and you lose that photos stored on your camera, make sure that you... 3. Back everything up! If you want to truly be safe, try to find an Internet connection at the end of each day to upload your photos to your Tripping profile, Facebook or your laptop. Taking the time to back up your photos may seem like a pain but trust us, you'll be happy you did. 4. Plan In Advance Have an idea of where on your journey you want to take your photos. That way when you get to the perfect spot for a photo, be it at the top of the Grand Canyon or in front of Buckingham Palace, all you need to do is point and shoot to capture the moment and memory. 5. Be Careful Of Who You Give Your Camera To When handing your camera to a stranger (to take that picture of you in front of a giant castle or monument) choose wisely! I suggest asking yourself this question when picking a photographer: can I outrun this person? 6. Finally, Be Spontaneous! Some of your favorite shots will inevitably come when you least expect it. Keep an open mind and a camera around you at all times, and you'll end up with some great shots. Whether you're staying with locals or hiking through Europe, travel photos will help your memories stay fresh. Good luck and enjoy, -Grahame ps: We ran Travel Photo Contests on our Facebook page throughout June - check out the winning photos!