What would you like to see in a feature on travel photography? Have your say!

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Digital Photographer magazine wants to put together a particularly special article on travel photography for you - the readers. What would you like us to cover? Who would you like us to interview?

We want to go beyond the well-trodden cliches and pieces of advice, to keep it up to date for the modern photographer.

Do you want to know more about the techniques behind the shot, camera settings, the etiquette of capturing travel portraits, creating a narrative or how to research locations?
Let us know!
 
Technique is something I am always interested in. I'm terrible for just sticking with aperture priority and hardly changing. But also something about creating a narrative would be great too. How you would approach typical scenes etc to move away from traditional holiday snaps.
 
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Techniques for quick reaction to happenings plus also some photographer related places to visit, UK and abroad, what to photograph and when best to go, things to be aware of, potential dangers etc.
 
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The nuts and bolts of travel. How to get gear thru customs w/o them thinking you are a professional and therefore require a work visa. How to get thru TSA with batteries and chargers and cords galore. Insurance - just for the trip? How do you show that you owned the camera gear before you left and do not have to pay duty on the gear again? What about buying gear on a trip and bringing it home? How to not make your bag look like a target.
 
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Best setting to use for when you are on the move ie boat andviewing platforms on trains how do you get sharp pictures in these situations
 
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I came down here to practically type everything mbholden said above.

  • How to travel safely with your gear. Checked baggage or cabin? (I'm horrified at the prospect of checking my camera gear into the hold!! ) (I'm travelling soon from the UK to the US)
  • How to pack your gear to protect it. Weight limits, size limits. (Be aware that different countries and airlines have different rules)
  • Tips like, think in advance and only travel with the gear you will use etc.
  • What are the rules for travelling with batteries etc.
  • Travel insurance for your gear. And you!
  • What's the best travel gear? What to look for. Bags, gear, tripods, accessories...
  • Tips for shooting in extreme conditions. I'm travelling soon and will be shooting from frozen snow-covered Yosemite to volcanos in Hawaii. Example, how to keep lens from fogging up. How to keep gear dry.
  • Hiring gear on the other end. Instead of travelling with it. I did that once, it was great!
 
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Late I know but .......

Definitely how to transport photographic gear with advice on internal airlines that reduce luggage allowances from 20-30kg to 15kg! Tips on where decent gear might be hired (to save transporting a 600mm F4 abroad)! What bad weather protection people use in Iceland/Lofoten Islands/etc . Local advice where a particular religious group/nationality are sensitive or even belligerent to having a picture taken. Costs abroad of joining pay-and-display photo workshops/scenes. All the travel stuff that is not obvious and only known to those that frequently travel taking images. The costs are important, if you cannot write off the costs to customers etc (amateurs) it might have already cost a lot to get to say, Iceland, how much for a 4 wheel drive and local guide if only one of you?
 
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Late I know but .......

Definitely how to transport photographic gear with advice on internal airlines that reduce luggage allowances from 20-30kg to 15kg! Tips on where decent gear might be hired (to save transporting a 600mm F4 abroad)! What bad weather protection people use in Iceland/Lofoten Islands/etc . Local advice where a particular religious group/nationality are sensitive or even belligerent to having a picture taken. Costs abroad of joining pay-and-display photo workshops/scenes. All the travel stuff that is not obvious and only known to those that frequently travel taking images. The costs are important, if you cannot write off the costs to customers etc (amateurs) it might have already cost a lot to get to say, Iceland, how much for a 4 wheel drive and local guide if only one of you?
a lot of that is down to you doing the research ahead of time. a single article will not be able to cover the costs of every local thing in every country, esp. when you factor in the exchange rate. renting any vehicle will have differing costs based on location and rental company, also the price will fluctuate based on addons like insurance/wifi/extended insurance. a guide (even two guides in the same area) will cost differing amounts based on expertise, insurance and the cost of living. and you don't really need a guide for most places (some places you can only visit with a guide, i'm not talking about these places), just map it out yourself and go. unless there's going to be a major language barrier or you can't drive stick then you can do it yourself. same thing goes for workshops, every workshop is going to cost a different amount. just research them and see which is right for you.

knowing local culture is a must, don't rely on an article. do the research and do it again before you leave (wars and terrorists pop up). uncle google will teach you everything you need to know about an area. check with your foreign office or local embassy to see if there are any travel advisories. you'll also need to see if vaccines are needed.

for weather protection, well if it's that bad you probably won't be shooting much anyway. and if it's just raining a bit then use weather resistant or weather sealed gear. i've never had a camera or lens die or get moldy because it got a little wet. just dry it off really well when you're done with it.

most airlines allow one carry on bag (which is not weighed, it's more of a glance to check the size) and a "free" electronics bag plus any other excluded item such as medical equipment, baby bags/carrier, etc. when i traveled to iceland in september i had to inform the airline that i was bringing a drone 72 hours prior to boarding. i already knew that their policy stated that the drone was excluded as a carry on and must be in the pressurized cabin at all times, my camera bag was also excluded as a counted carry on and my actual carry on consisted of a toothbrush, nintendo switch and change of underwear. you just have to do the research, every airline will be different but most exclude electronics as a carry on.
 
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a lot of that is down to you doing the research ahead of time. a single article will not be able to cover the costs of every local thing in every country, esp. when you factor in the exchange rate. renting any vehicle will have differing costs based on location and rental company, also the price will fluctuate based on addons like insurance/wifi/extended insurance. a guide (even two guides in the same area) will cost differing amounts based on expertise, insurance and the cost of living. and you don't really need a guide for most places (some places you can only visit with a guide, i'm not talking about these places), just map it out yourself and go. unless there's going to be a major language barrier or you can't drive stick then you can do it yourself. same thing goes for workshops, every workshop is going to cost a different amount. just research them and see which is right for you.

knowing local culture is a must, don't rely on an article. do the research and do it again before you leave (wars and terrorists pop up). uncle google will teach you everything you need to know about an area. check with your foreign office or local embassy to see if there are any travel advisories. you'll also need to see if vaccines are needed.

for weather protection, well if it's that bad you probably won't be shooting much anyway. and if it's just raining a bit then use weather resistant or weather sealed gear. i've never had a camera or lens die or get moldy because it got a little wet. just dry it off really well when you're done with it.

most airlines allow one carry on bag (which is not weighed, it's more of a glance to check the size) and a "free" electronics bag plus any other excluded item such as medical equipment, baby bags/carrier, etc. when i traveled to iceland in september i had to inform the airline that i was bringing a drone 72 hours prior to boarding. i already knew that their policy stated that the drone was excluded as a carry on and must be in the pressurized cabin at all times, my camera bag was also excluded as a counted carry on and my actual carry on consisted of a toothbrush, nintendo switch and change of underwear. you just have to do the research, every airline will be different but most exclude electronics as a carry on.
Thanks Loki,
All good and useful information.
cheers
 
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