4 Of The Most Ignored Common Sense Tips When Taking A Camera On Your International Vacation

Considering taking a camera with you on your next big international adventure? Here’s four of the most ignored common sense tips when carrying a camera internationally!

We all want to take the best photos on our trips, but whether you are a professional, an aspiring professional, a serious amateur or simply someone who loves to take pictures, choosing the right camera can make your trip enjoyable … or become your worst nightmare.

When I first began traveling internationally as a photojournalist some thirty years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to carry all the equipment I needed (or, thought I needed). But times have changed … especially with airline baggage limitations and airport security. But first, a disclaimer. This article is not intended for the professional photographer/photojournalist on assignment. Rather it is for those traveling on vacation.

Tip 1 – Don’t Take More Camera Than You Need

Smart phones have come a long way and so have their built in cameras plus you have the advantage of video streaming, instant uploads to social media and Google maps to help you find those great attractions.

Tip 2 – Don’t Look Like A Tourist

In today’s world, it’s especially important not to stand out – especially in a crowd. Having an expensive camera may make you feel like a professional but in reality it marks you as a possible victim.

Tip 3 – Carry Your Camera Onboard With You

Regardless of what camera you decide to take with you, do not pack it in your shipped luggage! Airlines are notorious for mishandling/losing checked bags (not to mention theft). Since you will be limited to the number of bags you can carry onboard, make sure your camera will fit in your carry on or, better yet, make sure it fits in your pocket.

Tip 4 – Don’t Be Stupid

Know when and where you can photograph. Respect notices prohibiting photos. If a site requires that you purchase a photo pass, then buy the pass. The quickest way to be reprimanded in public, tossed out of a site or even have your camera/cell phone confiscated is to disregard instructions. This is especially true in many international airport terminals where armed security does not have a sense of humor.

The key to having an enjoyable, stress free international vacation is to not carry more than you need, be smart, be aware of your surroundings, respect the culture you are visiting and have fun! Keep in mind, that unique photo that may be perfect for your Instagram page may very well be the photo that ruins your vacation.

Rick Cooper has been a filmmaker, photographer and photojournalist for more than 25 years having photographed in over 40 countries on five continents. Rick is an active member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and the Professional Photographers Association of America (PPA).

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