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Travel photography is life-changing. It opens your mind to new perspectives; it allows you to bring anyone who sees your photography on this journey with you.
You can try new foods, odd foods, awful foods. You get to photograph the whole thing.
Travel photography is also stressful, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.
I’ve been gathering travel photography hacks almost all of my life, and here are a few of my favorites.
Practice Your Packing
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Travel photography requires a lot of photography equipment, most of which can be heavy.
You need to learn how to do two things: pack smart and pack light. Ideally, you’ll leave a little room in your suitcase for things like, I don’t know, your toothbrush or shoes.
This video by Moment taught me most of the things I know about travel photography, and a few tips I still haven’t quite brought into my own packing routine yet.
Other travel photography tips include:
Pack your lenses in thick socks, so you’re prepared for any weather and prevent your glass from breaking.
Never check any of your camera gear, no matter how much travel insurance you bought.
Plan your next trip while thinking about your last trip. This will help you learn what you actually need.
Earn Money While You Travel to Pay for Your Travel
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I have one of the best jobs in the world because I get to write about my passion for all of you and I can essentially do it from anywhere. But, few people are as lucky as me.
I have friends who complain about travel photography because they’re jealous they can’t do it.
I am always quick to point out, though, that they could if they really wanted to by learning how to become an affiliate marketer.
Affiliate marketers basically make passive income through marketing for other products on their websites so that they can do anything they want to.
TravelSchool is one of the websites that was created to teach photographers how to use their websites to affiliate market.
While you could learn all of it on your own, it’s bound to take five times as long. The creators of TravelSchool already put in all of the hard work so that you don’t have to.
Wouldn’t it be incredible to pay for your next travel photography vacation without even thinking about it?
With tons of resources available on their website, TravelSchool is an ideal partner for you to chase your dreams, travel more, and earn money while doing it!
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Prep Your Camera for Travel
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There are two immediate things I worry about when it comes to my camera while I’m traveling.
The first is, if my camera gets lost, will someone who picks it up off the street, or more likely off the table at a coffee shop, be able to find me to give it back?
The second is, how can I make someone be more likely to return it (or, in the worst case scenario, less likely to steal it).
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In order to fix the first issue, I always take a photo of my business card before I start traveling. Anyone who finds a camera is bound to look through the photos and I want it to be easily recognizable.
For the second issue, I cover any logos with stickers or bandaids I can easily take off. I want my camera to look as old and beat up as possible. After all, people are less likely to target my old, beat-up looking camera than a brand-new, shiny one, right?
These are simple tips, but they can all be highly effective in making travel photography an easier and safer task. Give them a try, and see how much easier it is to hit the road with your camera!