How to travel light for holiday vacation photography

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Leave Your Laptop At Home: Bring Multiple Cards
Your laptop can be a very expensive piece of equipment to bring with you. What if it gets stolen or broken? If this unfortunate event does happen then you’ll probably be in credit card debt for a bit when you try to buy a new one. Try this: bring multiple memory cards. This can be much more affordable for you. For best results, try to get the photo right in one to three shots.

If you’ve got a camera that uses SDHC cards, then consider an Eye-Fi card. These little wonders wirelessly send your images to your computer at home with the option of your favorite photo sharing services as well (even email.) The company promises, “Endless memory” with this tactic. If you’re an Android phone user, you can send the images to your phone using an app on the Android market.

Eye Fi

For best results, bring an extra battery with you or charge your battery every night. Sending your images can drain battery power a bit more than you may like. To be fair, you can pick and choose which images to send.

If you’re like me and shoot RAW, it will also force you to spend more time shooting than in front of a computer screen editing. More shooting time adds up to more fun time during vacation rather than being cooped up in your hotel room.

Think Outside of The Picture Frame
Challenge yourself to shoot everything with just one focal length prime for traveling the absolute lightest. This can be easiest with a 50mm lens equivalent on your camera.

55mm Lens

There are so many iconic photos that are copied by enthusiast photographers and their mothers. When you post these on Facebook, Flickr, or your other favorite photo sharing service, they won’t necessarily stand out. So when you’re going to shoot the Statue of Liberty, try using a totally different angle or focal length. Also, try to compose your image differently using the rule of thirds.

If this is too difficult to do, try applying a different filter of some sort in the post-production process. People love looking at photos with different film looks: Polaroid, Kodachrome, and Cross Processing are popular looks. These film emulsions give your photos a nostalgic look that reminds people of happier times – which goes perfectly with vacation time since you’re out having fun!

Do you travel often? What tips can you contribute to this list?

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