Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Camcorder Travel Made Easy
Learn how to effectively capture both still and video
To shoot both scenes, you need to have each camera available at a moment's notice. If the cameras are small enough, you should be able to hang them both on neck or shoulder straps so they don't bang against each other. Another option is to wear a small belt pack or shoulder bag that allows you to quickly drop in one camera and pull out the other. Or you can hang the larger camera on a neck strap and keep the smaller one ready in a convenient pocket. Try different arrangements and see what works best for you.
You'll need to rely on presets more than manual controls. Make sure to check your exposure and white-balance setups before the event starts. One drawback of the features in a digital camera is that they're often buried in menus. When the action is fast, there's no time to click through the options-you must be able to use your cameras on instinct. So get to know your gear thoroughly before the trip. Choosing a camera where controls are on dedicated buttons and knobs rather than buried in menu screens will make them faster to work with as well. Carry spare batteries, tapes and memory cards in a convenient pocket.
As always, when you're in a crowd, keep an eye out for your own safety and security. Any big event will bring out its share of pickpockets and purse snatchers, and an unguarded camera is a prime target. The lighter you travel, the less you'll stand out as a tourist and a potential target.
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