Today we’ll look at some of the mistakes photographers may make during their trips.
(And how to fix/avoid them.)
Without further ado…
Mistake #1: Damaging Your Equipment During Transport
You might know this one but I’ll still say it:
Don’t give in to temptation to put your gear in the luggage when taking a flight.
(Actually, it’d be a foolish idea.)
Truth is, standard suitcases and bags often don’t withstand strong shocks. This being said, fragile cameras and lenses can be easily damaged.
Instead, use a carry-on.
Just make sure that your camera and other accessories when packed conform to the carry on rules of the airline you’re flying.
If you do decide to put your photo equipment in your check bag, make sure that it is designed for long-distance travel and can withstand heavy blows. (I strongly advise against it though.)
A few exceptions to this rule:
They are usually strong enough to survive a long trip on an airplane, wrapped in your clothes.
Mistake #2: Damaging Your Gear While at the Beach
Without a doubt:
The beaches provide us with excellent opportunities for photography.
But they are also one of the most difficult conditions for the operation of your equipment. Water and sand might significantly harm your camera and/or lens, if you’re not careful.
When the weather is great (with no strong wind), then you can safely take photos without using protection. But the thing is that you never know what will happen in the next 5 minutes, so it’s best to think ahead.
How to avoid environmental dangers?
Keep your gear covered as much as possible and clean it well when leaving.
One option is to get up early before everyone and take advantage of that.
If you’re not an early riser, then you can install your camera on your tripod and take a series of shots of the chosen place. As a rule, people rarely stand in one spot for too long, so there’s a chance you capture a photo without them in it.