Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or a business trip (Click Away anyone?), if you decide to bring your camera equipment with you here are a few helpful tips.
1. Use a well padded camera bag.
I use a bag that is sturdy and well padded for my camera equipment. I don’t like to draw attention to the fact that I’m carrying camera equipment with me because I don’t want to attract any unwanted attention from potential thieves. I use my Jen Cooke Handbag You’d never know I was carrying camera equipment in there!
2. Only take what you need.
I know this is kind of obvious but I tend to over pack. Be conscious of what you’ll be taking pictures of and what equipment you need to achieve your goals. Don’t bring more that what you actually need.
3. Don’t check your bag.
If you’re flying, do not check your camera bag. Keep it with you at all times. I don’t even put mine in the overhead compartment. It stays with me and I stow it under the seat in front of me for take off and landing. There can be lots of heavy bags in the overhead compartment and with shifting of bags from take off and landing I don’t take any chances. I also don’t want anyone to walk out with my bag (on purpose or by accident) while I’m waiting to exit the plane.
4. Don’t travel with the lens attached to your camera body.
Make sure that your lens isn’t attached to the body of your camera when traveling. If your equipment shifts during travel it could place pressure on your lens damaging the threads that hold the lens to the camera. I have heard stories of lenses that were under so much pressure from shifting that they broke right off the body. That wouldn’t be a good start to your trip!
5. Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.
Some insurance policies have coverage limitations when you’re traveling with your camera equipment. Make sure you’re covered properly before you leave. This will give you peace of mind should anything get damaged or stolen.
6. Use the hotel safe.
If you’re going out and you don’t need to bring your camera then make sure to use your rooms safe. Most hotels and hostels will have one in every room.
7. Be conscious of your surroundings.
Be conscious of when you have your equipment out for everyone to see. In some circumstances you might sense when a place or situation isn’t quite safe enough to have your equipment out all the time. I would suggest if you need to get a shot then take your camera out, get the shot you need and put your camera away so it’s out of site. Again, you don’t want to draw any attention to yourself from potential thieves.
8. Download your photos daily.
This may be a pain, especially after a long day but I recommend downloading your photos daily. Anything can happen and I’d rather lose one days worth of images rather than a weeks.
9. Memory Cards.
If you have photos from the day that haven’t been downloaded yet make sure to keep them in your pocket or separate from your equipment. If something happens to your equipment or your camera is stolen, then at least you have your photos.
10. Hard Drive.
I recommend in addition to downloading your photos everyday, to transfer them onto a separate hard drive as well. Make sure you keep your hard drive in a separate location from your equipment.
Jen Cooke, Alberta
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Jen is a natural light photographer specializing in newborns, children and family portraits. Her style and approach to sessions is fun, relaxed and candid. She is a stay at home mom living in Alberta, Canada with her husband and 2 kids. Jen has also spent the last year designing her first line of handbags for photographers which will be coming out this fall.