Do you take a lot of photos when you travel? If not, maybe you should. I remember some years ago when i was in the modeling business the motto of the professional photographer was “Film is Cheap.” But, they really didn’t mean that film was all that cheap. What they really meant was that film was cheap compared to what it would cost to go back to that location or cheaper than hiring models to shoot the scenes over again.
If you want good photos from your travels, you have a tremendous advantage over professional photographers of the 80’s and 90’s. Now film IS cheap – only it isn’t really film. Now we’re talking about memory cards and flash drives that have seen prices plummeting in the last few years.
If you want to end up with professional looking shots then you should actually read the owner’s manual that came with your camera. You might even want to take a course or two. But one thing that will perhaps help as much as anything else is simple. Do what the pros do. Take lots of shots. When I say lots, I really mean it. Don’t turn your vacation into a photo shoot, but do take quite a few shots whenever you see something of interest. Move around a bit to get a different light on your subject. Zoom in for closeups, zoom out to get more background. Play around, have fun and take lots of photos. Remember, you don’t have to buy lots of film and you don’t have to pay for processing before you know what you have.
And, you don’t even have to buy lots of memory cards, even if they have gotten much cheaper. If you travel with a netbook or laptop there is, in my opinion, a better way to protect your photos on a trip than juggling a bunch of small memory cards. And, a safer way than having all your photos on one high capacity card.
I recommend using a flash drive. You might know it as a thumb drive or one of several other names. What I’m talking about is a flash drive that plugs into the USB port of your laptop. After a day’s shooting, I would suggest downloading the photos from the memory card to your netbook and from the netbook to the flash drive. That way you’ll have your photos stored in two places. If you have a fairly large memory card you can leave the days’ photos on there until it is full and have your photos stored and protected on three different sites.
If you’re not traveling with your laptop, you can usually access the computer in your hotel business center and download your photos to your flash drive from there. If anything happens to your camera on the trip you’ll still have most of your photos backed up on the thumb (flash) drive.
The really good news I want to tell you about here is that you can get an excellent flash drive reallly cheap right now. By the time you read this the sale may be over, but keep checking because they have them frequently. But here’s the deal for today: A-DATA Classic C003 Ultra Slim 4GB USB Flash Drive This 4 GB drive is on sale for only $6.79. You’ll have to add shipping, but it’s still a great bargain. And don’t worry, it’s a reliable company. I have dealt with them several times and have never been disappointed.
So, take lots of photos, get some great shots, delete the rest and . . . .
Keep on Traveling!