5 Safety Tips Every Aspiring Travel Photographer Should Know

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  By Taya Ivanova
5 Safety Tips Every Aspiring Travel Photographer Should Know www.sleeklens.com

Traveling is a gift filled with incredible creative opportunities. By getting to know other places, we open ourselves up to fresh experiences, new friendships, and more stories. It’s no surprise, then, that people attribute their success to it.

You probably know how tempting it is to get lost in vibrant surroundings. Unfortunately, getting lost in something beautiful can sometimes lead to real loss: stolen equipment. How is it possible to keep your beloved possessions safe and enjoy your adventures at the same time?

There are things you can do to significantly enhance your traveling experience without compromising your safety. If you invest your time and energy into certain precautions, you’ll feel happy and comfortable regardless of where you go.

Travel Insurance

Your insurance company will replace stolen camera equipment, but it won’t give you a bunch of new items immediately. If something disastrous does happen, however, you won’t have to worry about spending all of your money on replacements. Whether you’re a careful traveler or a forgetful observer, travel insurance will give you the peace you need to enjoy your surroundings.

Backup Equipment

If you lose a valuable item, you might not be able to buy it during your trip and, as a result, not have the chance to take great photos. To avoid this problem completely, acquire as much backup equipment as possible. Like travel insurance, it will put your mind at ease.

In addition to camera bodies and lenses, here are a few things worth having more of:

    • Camera batteries
    • Battery chargers
    • Memory cards
    • Hard drives
    • Hard drive cases
    • Accessories that you simply can’t live without, like lens filters or a lens cap

Make Your Equipment Look Cheap

It’s tempting to stand out in a new country. As an eager traveler, you want to meet new people, make yourself look approachable, and feel good in your own skin. Unfortunately, looking too good can attract the wrong attention. Sneaky thieves are always on the lookout for expensive-looking camera bags and brands. If they spot someone with a camera strap that screams Canon, that someone will become their target.

If you want to remain invisible, make your equipment look cheap. A lot of professional photographers replace their camera straps with ones that have no brand names on them, use simple but reliable camera bags, and tape up their equipment to make it look older than it is. While these adjustments won’t make you look super fashionable, they’ll do what’s most important to you: keep you and your passion safe.

Blend in

Looking like a tourist is another way to attract unwanted attention. Research the country you’re planning to visit. Find out about its culture, what locals wear, and where they like to go. Using this information, you’ll be able to blend in with your surroundings and look like someone who knows the area well. This will not only keep you safe but help you get to know a new country better. This, in turn, will enrich your traveling experience.

Don’t Leave Equipment Unattended

Even if you’re in a relatively safe place, don’t put your camera bag down. Don’t leave any of your equipment unattended unless you’re traveling with someone. If you’re going to be traveling alone, invest in a camera bag that’s comfortable to wear at all times, especially when you’re taking photos. If you wear comfortable equipment, you’ll be less tempted to leave it unattended.

You don’t need to have superhero powers to stay safe. With the help of a few investments and adjustments, you can be invisible, keep your valuables safe, and still be able to enjoy the beauty of traveling.

Good luck!


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I'm an admirer of nature, a photographer, and a curious reader. Writing about photography and helping others improve is a growing passion of mine. My constant wish is to inspire others to be creatively fearless and endlessly curious. "Always dream bigger is my advice to you, because you can have whatever your heart desires" - Ashley Graham

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