Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or solo, half of the fun is in capturing the sights and scenes that make your family and friends green with envy.
With the news that Fujifilm is releasing a new compact camera designed especially for travel (the X-E3), we got in touch with one of Fujifilm NZ’s X-Photographers, Lindsay Keats, for some tips on taking the best snaps when abroad.
1) Travel light
Heavy cameras are a drag when you’re roaming the streets of a foreign country. If you are purchasing a camera for a trip consider the smaller mirrorless cameras such as one of the Fujifilm X-Series cameras – the new X-E3, in stores this October, is perfect for this. They are much lighter and much less obvious than the larger DSLRs and can fit into your pocket or a small backpack easily.
2) Multiple memory cards
I can’t even imagine losing all my travel photos! Carry several smaller memory cards rather than one large one that contains everything from your trip. Keep them in a safe place and if you can, you should backup to a laptop or a portable hard drive with a card reader.
3) Treat people like people
Most people are a little bit on the edge when they spot a stranger taking their photo without permission. When using a human subject, always ask people if it’s ok to take their photograph. It’s not necessary for general street scenes but if it’s a person in a market then it’s only polite to do so. Try and learn how to say "hello" and "thank you" in the local language. If you take some interest in the local people you meet you are sure to get better photographs!
4) Plan your days & follow the light
Do some research prior to leaving your abode for the day. If you’re shooting monuments or landscapes, you’ll get the best light early morning and late afternoon/evening (and you’ll avoid most of the tour groups). I love shooting at busy morning markets in places like India and Morocco – it’s super interesting to see the locals in their element. Don’t forget to check out if there are any festivals or special occasions going on in the area you are travelling in.
5) Get a little techy
Even if you’re not a professional photographer, have a play with the settings on your camera and squeeze in some practise at home before you head off on your trip. High ISO settings that enable the camera’s sensor to shoot in lower light (check your instruction book) are really useful for evening street scenes with people or night markets. Most cameras shoot very well up to 3200 ISO so you can shoot hand held in many of the places such as churches, temples, or mosques where it’s often not permitted to use a tripod.
About the Fujifilm X-Series X-E3
- Super lightweight at only 337 grams
- Bluetooth® compatible so that you can send your pics to your phone to upload or back up on the go
- Shoots 4K video
- Out in NZ on 28 September 2017
- Available from authorised photographic dealers across the country