Monday, March 26, 2007
Ultimate Travel Photography
Camera techniques to help you shoot like a pro on your next photo adventure
4 Gear up
Gear plays an important role in the life of a digital wildlife/travel photographer, of course. I travel with two camera bodies, one with a wide-angle zoom (17-40mm) and one with a telephoto zoom (100-400mm or 70-200mm). My two-lens/camera setup lets me shoot telephoto shots, such as the photograph of a pair of adult elephants, and wide-angle scenic shots, such as the photograph of a mother elephant and her young, without changing lenses, which costs time and increases the chance of getting dust on the image sensor.
I also pack a 1.4x teleconverter and a flash for daylight fill-in flash photography. I use a polarizing filter to reduce glare on water and to darken a blue sky when the sun is off to my left or right (polarizing filters are ineffective when you shoot toward or away from the sun). And, of course, plenty of memory cards and extra batteries are a must!
In addition to my photo gear, here's a look at my on-site digital darkroom: a laptop for sorting and viewing my pictures; power adaptor plugs so I can plug in my computer and battery chargers in hotel rooms or tents in foreign locations; a surge suppressor so my computer doesn't get "zapped" by a power surge; and two portable hard drives on which I save my pictures each night. I always like to have my pictures saved in two places before I erase a memory card.
5 Separate Your Subjects
When photographing more than one animal, it's usually a good idea to leave some space between the animals or at least the animals' heads (as illustrated in the picture of the two adult elephants). However, check out this image of 11 elephants. They're all bunched together! Still, I like the picture because it tells a story, one of the adult elephants shielding the young from predators. So follow the rule of separation, but keep in mind that it's often more important to take a picture that "tells a story."
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