Photography in Europe: 2011
Which cameras and gadgets work best for your travel photography? Any tips on getting the best shots? Do you carry a big DSLR camera or a point 'n shoot? What about your preferred storage devices, batteries and lenses? Do you still travel with a 35mm camera?
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Photography Lovers Traveling together!
Photography lovers gotta check this group out. I belong to a travel organization called PhotoFly Travel Club. It is a wonderful mix of amateur, beginner, and professional photographers that travel together. They plan photography oriented trips all over and the group leader is always there to help people learn more about getting the best shots while abroad. More info about the club is here: http://www.photoflytravel.com/
San Diego, CA USA Tue 12/13/2011
To avoid losing photos, I took my ipad and transfered the best photos of the day onto it every night using the camera SD Card attachment. I left the photos on the memory card, too, meaning they were in 2 places so less likely to be lost or stolen.
I am a decent photographer and have a nice enough 35mm SLR but often just bring a very small digital camera (point and shoot with some manual settings, not SLR). If your main point is photography, bring the best equipment you can get, but if you just want nice travel shots, I find bringing the major stuff to be overkill.
With some knowledge of lighting and framing shots, you really can get good photos from a basic camera. Certainly good enough for family memories and showing off your travels to friends. If you are not already interested in more advanced photography, there is no need to get special things beyond a good point and shoot camera in order to get quality travel shots!
OH USA Wed 09/07/2011
Why photos are banned
Most tourists haven't mastered the art of disabling the flash on their cameras. Flash is injurious to paintings and drawings. Control ? Baloney, as Ed Koch used to say. By the way the Metropolitan in NYC allows (non-comercial) photography -sans flash.
USA Wed 07/13/2011
One thing I am learning to try to be better prepared about is to learn beforehand whether a given venue will let me enjoy taking pictures. More and more do, they realize the advantage they get out of free publicity. Many still adduce the weirdest excuses. When I know beforehand, I simply avoid those, there are museums and castles aplenty in Europe where I can enjoy my visit. I have found it is pointless to try to reason with those that forbid photography: prohibitions are about control, by definition indicate a weak sense of openness, and trying to discuss with someone who feels weak might engender an Ugly American image.
Coming from the US, where except the Smithsonian, most museums still don't get it, I was amazed that, except in a couple areas, the Louvre let me take as many shots as I wanted. No flash, but that's not such a big deal. I have read elsewhere in Rick's that in Great Britain they feel surprised that anyone would forbid photography!
Austin, TX USA Sun 07/10/2011
Film and Digital
Only lost the fight for hand inspect. of film twice in Europe. Budapest, was the least helpful. They could have inspected my measly six rolls in plastic bag in half the time we spent arguing.
The Fuji site says exposed film should not be xrayed.
I had exposed film [reversal] and could find no place to develop in Romania and didn't want to take the chance of lost in the mail.
Used film mostly for night/low light shots as I do not have a high-end digital. I had a Kodak Z712 most of the trip until it was stolen in Germany. Love the superzooms.
Vermillion, SD USA Sat 04/30/2011
Memory card back up
A tip to to avoid losing all those precious memories captured on your camera. I always travel with 2 memory cards and make sure I swap them over every evening when I return to the hotel. This way if the camera was to play up or the be stolen at least you have half of your trip saved in the alternate card. I keep the spare card with my passport and credit cards in a money belt. I also have a spare battery for the camera and at the end of each day I swap the batteries too and recharge the battery I've used that day so it then becomes the back up next day - I keep the spare battery in the money belt with the memory card. I keep the memory card and battery in a small ziplock bag so they are not exposed to moisture.
Brisbane , Australia Thu 02/17/2011