This article was written by Natalie Johnson (former editor of Digital Photographer magazine) and appears on Digital Photography School.
There’s no time like the present to hone your photographic skills to enable you to capture glorious travel photography fit for a gallery wall – or at least pride-of-place in your living room!
Taj Mahal in Agra India – by pulguita
But the variation of subject matter and lighting conditions you’ll be greeted with while on holiday can be daunting to capture successfully, especially if you’re juggling quality time with your family against quality time with your digital camera!
1. Travel photography by its very nature is inspirational and exciting – but it’s easy to get carried away when you prepare what to take with you. Whilst it would be fantastic to take all of your kit abroad practicalities such as baggage allowance and insurance costs could mean you are better of hiring equipment on arrival or opting for lesser items. Ideally if you choose to take your own kit you’ll need to travel light: one body (unless you have the room for a spare), a wad of memory cards, a lightweight mini tripod or even the super flexible Gorillapod, portable storage unit, a pocket-size compact, a flash unit, a selection of lenses and a durable camera bag that distributes the weight evenly over your shoulders and protects against heat, cold, sand and moisture.