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Travel photography dilema..

What comes first .... Travel or Photography??
14 years ago, March 16th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #30011  
Ok guys,

Iv asked this question on a photo.net aswell... and as i thought the replys were all swinging to photography. And i prosume your replys will swing towards travel....

but here is the question.... (aimed specificaly at very keen photographers)

Im off traveling soon, traveling as light as i can.

Obviously traveling super light and photography dont match up to well.

So how do you choose?

If i take alot of my photography equiptment... i sarafice the full freedom of traveling light! am worried about kit more, but yet get all the creative power in my hands for shooting the amazing things i come across on my travels...

If i dont take my camera equiptment... just take a small compact camera.... i will travel better.. but loose and miss out on not haveing my equiptment with me... yet still being able to document my travels with the compact.

Im a very keen photographer and a very keen light traveler, i have pretty much settled with trying to find a middle point... and cutting down my equiptment to the bare minimum.

Just wondering what you guys and gals think...?

(Particualy the photographers out there)

much thanks and fluff

Mooze =) Reply to this

14 years ago, March 17th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #30088  
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I have a pretty poor memory so I like to take lots of photos ( though I am not a professional and am just carting around light camera) to remember what I did. So I am on the photos side, but maybe I should put the camera away more, thus helping (forcing) my memory to have to work more. We have a student from switzerland living with us at the moment, and we have been to quite a few nice places in Queensland, Australia and she rarely takes her camera, saying she will always remember it, how beautiful everything is - I think it is an example for me to chill sometimes.

You could always use it as an excuse to travel places twice - once with your camera once without 😊 Reply to this

14 years ago, March 17th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #30093  

I think weight is the least important consideration in this question.

Time, budget and focus of the trip are more significantly affected by the desire to take photographs:

- time to research places, plan ahead, go at the best times of year for photographs, work out what you are going to take, talk to locals, get to know people, gain their confidence, tramp up hills at daft times of day, time to go exploring off the beaten track etc etc
- budget - to get the best results you need to consider being in places when others are not there, paying for guides and transport to get you there, paying for models to pose, staying in places a lot longer than you would otherwise etc etc
- focus - perhaps the most important. Using a camera and aiming to get good photographs can really destroy the experience of being somewhere or with someone. Everything and everyone turns into a possible image, not a real thing. Conversely, it does push you to go to different places and to try to meet different people but what's the point if all you do is take some pictures, pack up and then leave?

Clearly I at least need to consider compromise ;-)

If you are good with people you can get great pictures with the minimum of equipment. Clearly for some things kit is needed - low light a tripod is useful and maybe a good flash .... underwater, at least a plastic bag with a rubber band, lions and bears a long lens or a course in jiu jitsu etc ...

Mid-point ... take an entry-level DSLR with a good wide-angle to mid-range zoom and maybe a light/cheap telephoto if you really must (or maybe a 6/7mp compact with a long zoom instead of the telephoto - then you've got the option of a compact available as well - particularly if one breaks or gets nicked). Reply to this

14 years ago, March 17th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #30094  
Photography is obviously an important part of travelling as it's the perfect way to revisit your memories when you're back home. I have previously only travelled with a very basic camera although since I became more interested in photography I am already considering what extra equipment is worth taking with me next time!!
I think as long as you have a good quality point and shoot you should have no problem getting nice shots to remember your tavels by. Small point and shoots also have the advantage of being discreet and easy to slip into a pocket and whip out whenever you see something interesting. I also think small point and shoot cameras allow you to capture those fleeting moments that would be impossible with a larger camera that has to have a lens or two fitted and a tripod to sit on. They are also less obvious which can be a real advantage. I was invited to a local festival in India and I slipped my camera into my pocket and at one point asked if I could take a few pictures. I think I might have got a different reaction if I'd walked into someone's private party and ceremony with a large camera round my neck and started pulling out lenses!
Having said that if you are wanting to take better pictures, particularly if you want to photograph wildlife and so on you may need the better camera. I would suggest taking whichever camera you prefer to use, better to have your good camera with you rather than see something that would make a wonderful picture and not be able to get it because you don't have a good enough zoom etc. You could also take a small point and shoot for those time when a larger camera would be cumbersome. Keep one round your neck and one in your back pocket and you'll still be travelling light, and you'll also have the advantage of having a back up camera if one gets lost/stolen/broken. I can't imagine anything worse than getting halfway through a trip and losing my camera for one reason or another. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 17th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #30097  
travel comes first. good photos are a bonus. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 17th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #30121  
This is a tough question, because for me, the two are so intertwined. The first time I travelled with an SLR camera, I did feel a bit weighed down with it, but I never regretted having it with me. I don't take more equipment than I can fit in my daypack (and still leave room for a couple of other odds and ends). And the truth is, it doesn't take long to get used to having the equipment.

One of the latest gadgets I've picked up, which I absolutely love, is the gorillapod. It is a mini tripod that comes in three sizes--the longest one is about 30cm (12 inches) long. It can be twisted around branches, railings etc, or stood on any surface. It's great when you need a tripod, without the bulk of a traditional tripod. I've got the largest size, because I do travel with a DSLR and a zoom lens.

Once I'm travelling, I still put travel first--there are times when I don't bring out my camera, either because I don't want to draw attention to myself, or because I want to savour the moment. I remember reading a quote somewhere about keeping some moments sacred by not photographing them, and instead just enjoying them as they happen. (I really wish I could remember where I read that, or who said it). Reply to this

14 years ago, March 21st 2008 No: 7 Msg: #30436  
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I am an avid scubadiver and photographer, travelling light has never been an option for me. My diving and photography equipments set me back at least 25-30 kg. Iam not worried about weight but more worried if i miss good photo opprotunities. I don't have the choice to stay in cheap places ,because my equipments cost me over $65,000. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 21st 2008 No: 8 Msg: #30442  
If you're going to sell the pix and live on them, then take a good equipment, if not...just get a compact camera which makes decent pix and enjoy your trip, the quality or quantity are not as important as the trip itself, you´ll have the memories in your mind, at least the important ones... and who travels light gets further...plus think that, with the money you'll spend in the equipment, you could travel even longer... Reply to this

14 years ago, March 22nd 2008 No: 9 Msg: #30535  
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I f you want catch al is best on your trvell places, It's imprtant to used you camera. If like catch only for moment image used compact camera. But one good photographer who want catch quality on her images are used he's DSLR camera with adecvated equipment ( Tripod, filters, lenses, and cards with much Gigabyte memory) I spent much money from my equipment ( GIOTTOS tripod, HOYA & KENKO filters, CF card and CANON & SYGMA lenses ) My camera ? One CANON 400D Rebel Xti. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 23rd 2008 No: 10 Msg: #30572  
I love taking photos on my travels. Sometimes my husband gets tired of stopping so I can shoot this or that or walk all the way over there to get another angle... but even he appreciates having those visual representations of our trips. I have a pretty bad memory, so I love looking back at my own photos, and have even been guilty of saying, "oh yeah - I had forgotten about that!" Now, I have a really old and cheap digital camera that is desperately needing to be replaced, but I have no plans to sell my photos: they're for me and my enjoyment. Lugging around too much of anything while you're traveling can be a bit of a pain, but if the main reason you're there is to acquire spectacular photos, then the extra time and effort may be very well worth it to you. Some of our outings have been simply to focus on the experience, and there have been times that I've had my camera and not used it, but there have been no times that I've gone out without my camera and not regretted it. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 23rd 2008 No: 11 Msg: #30606  
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I think traveling light outweighs too much equipment for a couple of reasons. The technology in the smaller cameras is so improved that getting fantastic shots with them is possible, plus I don't think the huge resolution files are necessarily a big advantage over the smaller files. But then I like to manipulate them in Photoshop and create digital paintings from them and often the smaller files give better results. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 23rd 2008 No: 12 Msg: #30615  
I'm a new blogger and a new SLR owner so, as I prepare for my next trip the question of size and weight are very much on my mind. I look at my new camera (small and light by SLR standards) and think it will be like taking the kitchen sink along. It is so nice to read your reviews and Tannis has given me hope that I will get used to it quickly and that I didn't make a mistake. My other two cameras were so small they could fit in pockets so I'm making a big change. My plan is to take fewer but better pictures but still represent all the places and events I captured before. I was coming home with 900 pictures per trip and it was taking me 6-9 months to review, clean, and make a photobook. I'm hoping with greater focus on quality I will have less editing to do. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 24th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #30690  
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Hi Deborah ! Welcomme on that blog site and on DSLR club. I used one CANON EOS 400 D Rebel Xti ( you ?). I like that because is to easy to sed and make verry good capture. Wherre you want go on next trip? Me i'm going on a large European Tour ( Italy-Venice, Switzerland - GENEVA, Zermatt with Moterhorn, Germany - Munich,Cologne and Dusseldorf, Holland - Amsterdam and finnaly FRANCE on PARIS. Mybe my free time in Paris are permited one short visit in London -UK, i go. If you want enjoy us, are welcomme. ALL THE TRIP ARE MADE ONLY WITH TRAIN. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 24th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #30705  
I have Nikon D40. My next trip will be in France, a place I have been many times, so I'm hoping I will feel relaxed and comfortable enough to focus on my new camera. I'm hoping to start practicing around home. Reply to this

14 years ago, March 25th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #30758  
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Nyce ! Mybe we meet in PARIS. I have one best friend who live in Paris and another friend arround BORDEAUX .
About practicing, use for nature view: f/12 -f/17 when have strong light of sun. For night view, used f/7 to f/15 but you have need one tripod. much moore about image catch ( if you want see few my images ) open that web site:
http://www.trekearth.com/members/nemesiss/ . It's one web site about travel photography made by amateurs and proffesional photographer. when open that on the section "More Photo Info: " you see more ehnical details about how are made that image ( camera tipe, exposure time, focal length, etc. ).
With gratitude, Iulian Reply to this

14 years ago, March 27th 2008 No: 16 Msg: #30883  
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From European Union to New Zealand its a loong distance and time . Reply to this

14 years ago, March 27th 2008 No: 17 Msg: #30956  
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How to create my blog?Now,I am studying....... Reply to this

14 years ago, March 27th 2008 No: 18 Msg: #30981  
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Used "CONTROL PANEL" from you account. Therre you found steps to create your blog
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14 years ago, April 22nd 2008 No: 19 Msg: #33218  
I think both comes together.
At least for me.

I have made an online travel photo agency where I sale my travel photos online.
So I travel, I do what I like, photography and on top of that I make a bit of money!

What would you ask for more, make your work as a your own pleasure!

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14 years ago, April 30th 2008 No: 20 Msg: #33970  
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Photography helps me see things more deeply. I tend to look at things longer, think about the light, maybe about returning at a different time of day, what part of the view stands out. This is very helpful because my "day job" (for seven more weeks, anyway) is teaching economics and I usually think in terms of numbers and logical relationships. By making photography a major part of my travels I force my eyes to open in different ways.

Although I do sell a few photographs through a couple of art galleries, I certainly don't make my living at it or even defray very much of my travel and/or equipment costs. But pursuing a photo project helps me develop a sense of place I might not get otherwise. A couple of years ago I was entranced by the callejones (alleyways) of Guanajuato, Mexico, and meandered through most of them over several days. Turning them into a photography project made me think more about why I found them so fascinating and about the angles of view that gave them so much intrigue.

Yes, the equipment can be a problem. But I can usually use my hotel room as a 'base' and take just what I need on each outing -- one camera, even a fairly large DSLR plus about three lenses, a flash, and my small monopod travel easily in a shoulderable travel bag.


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