If you’ve ever returned from a holiday with a camera full of blurry shots, photographer Rachel Devine’s practical tips will have you shooting like an expert in no time.
When you are on the road is not the time to figure out how your camera works.
Fiddling with the controls to get a shot will just mean less time enjoying your surroundings.
When in doubt, choose a scene mode like landscape or night portrait, depending on the situation you want to capture, and let the camera do the work.
If you are having a beach holiday, you might want to invest in a waterproof case to protect your equipment from sand and water.
If you are taking something more than a point-and-shoot, consider leaving all the different prime lenses at home and just use a great zoom that covers many different focal lengths in one.
If you are going to overpack one thing, make it memory cards; nothing is quite as frustrating as wanting to take a great photo and running out of room to store it!
You will want easy access to it so you don’t miss any shots, but the wrong camera strap can literally be a pain in the neck!
A quick online search of where you are headed can tell you whether the indigenous people are open to having their photos taken or if it is legal to photograph in certain areas, like outside buildings or on public transport.
When in doubt, ask permission first!
With your attention focused through the lens, depending where you are in the world, you may leave yourself open for pick-pockets or worse.
With that in mind, don’t forget to take out enough travel insurance for your camera equipment before you leave home!
After you take that shot look for a different angle. Get in close for details or frame the famous view through a window at the café across the street, for example.
Keep your eyes and mind open for fresh perspectives that really represent your experience.
Make a journal of your adventure, illustrated with the gorgeous photos you took and print it so you can relive the holiday again and again.
*Rachel is a Tamron brand ambassador.