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Tips for Taking Your Camera On Vacation

Everyone needs a getaway by kennymatic

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Planning on a beach getaway this summer? When it’s time to pack for that vacation you’ve been counting down the days to, remember to consider bringing along these extras to make vacation photography a breeze:

Bring Ziploc bags of different sizes. These are great for sand, dirt, and water proofing your cameras as well as your new and exposed rolls of film if you’re using film cameras.

For terrific shots from a boat, on the beach or under water, grab a couple of cheap, one-use underwater cameras. The kids can use them and the underwater shots will give you some very unique vacation photos. It’s much cheaper than buying a separate underwater housing for your camera, and you don’t have to worry about the clean up!

The new GoPro HD Camera is one of my must-have items for travel. It’s inexpensive and shoots amazing quality photographs as well as high definition video, and it’s water-proof. You can mount it on anything; a helmet, front of your surfboard or boat, car bumper, …. the list is endless. Just make sure that when you take it out of it’s housing to clean it, you put the rubber O rings back on when putting it back together. I’ve heard horror stories of people who ‘forgot’ the ring.

If you’ve shot on film, be careful about packing it to bring back home. With airport security measures, checked luggage is subjected to high intensity x-ray that can damage your undeveloped film. You can purchase lead-lined film bags at any good camera shop or consider having prints developed before you return home. If that’s not possible, make sure you don’t pack your exposed film in your suitcase, but rather in your carry-on bag. The machines used at the security checkpoints are not nearly as powerful as the ones used for checked luggage. You can also request that your film be hand checked and not put through the machine. Higher ASA film (400+ aka low light film), is more sensitive to damage from x-ray than slower film (100 ASA for example, used for sunny outdoor photography).

Digital cameras are not affected by x-rays so you don’t have to worry about that but make sure that you bring your battery charger. One product that I just LOVE is the iGo charger. You buy one charger and then different heads for the different appliances you’ll need to charge. So rather than a suitcase full of chargers, all you need is the heads for your camera, cellphone, laptop and whatever else you’re bringing along. Radio Shack sells them and of course you can get an adaptor to charge from your car lighter.

So take that camera on vacation, and document all the fun and adventure you will have!

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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