Traveling Photographer

5 Requirements for the Traveling Photographer

Photography tours are an amazing chance to enhance your photo skills set while taking unique photos in new locations.

Reaching a new destination has its undoubted advantages which increase your overall creative process. It directly relates to the unique experience of the journey plus its cultural exchange and immersion outside anyone’s comfort zone.
Here are prepared 5 accessible, super easy and hands-on gear suggestions to consider while you prepare for your Photography tours south America

  1. Always consider packing as the crucial aspect of your trip planning. I always suggest to pack accordingly, and by this, I mean to evaluate the type of photography you’re intending to do. There are numerous types of travel photography workshop out there. Many foci on the landscape, environmental, wildlife, portrait, social, light and cultural photography. Make sure you’re comfortable with your gear selection and that is organized accordingly. This is a fundamental aspect of the experience since having limited time on each location will jeopardize getting the perfect shot due to lots of heavy and cumbersome equipment. This is also true if you’re only interested in landscape photography, pack your wide angle lenses and some telephotos. Make sure you carry enough juice (batteries) to last you for the entire day.
  2. I just recently attended a photography workshop lecture where the speaker, a well-known travel photographer that claims to have visited over 100 countries, was a strong supporter of the wearing the classic and customary photography vest. He claimed on his keynote that the multitude of pockets, crevices, and spaces made it the ideal companion for carrying many small items (think spare batteries or avoiding losing yet another lens cap!) This, of course, has its advantages, yet It might not be an ideal solution for every environment. I’d not dare to wear one of those vests when the temperatures are beyond what I can tolerate full clothed. The rule of thumb would be to never miss a shot because of your equipment and equipment bag!
  3. Once, I stayed in a hotel room where there was only a single electrical socket available. This can be an unfortunate experience regardless of where you go (but most especially for any traveler photographer with hungry power requirements). Not every destination is the same and not every spot has reliable electricity. This is an important lesson which can provide a valuable approach to difficult circumstances. Plan to pack a portable power strip with surge protection to prevent any electrical damage. This will include an extra layer of protection and the convenience of charging multiple devices at the same time. The last thing that you want while on a photographic journey, is to have your equipment without power, or even worse, a damaged set of gear that cannot be exchanged or repaired while on location.
  4. Photo backups should be a daily priority. That’s always a must for the traveling photographer. Packing a second pair of cables and memory reader just in case is always a great piece of mind. You might find yourself in a remote location where no electronic replacements can be purchased and worry about the well being of your photos. You don’t want to risk not making daily backups of your photos because of the failure of a cheap cable/memory reader.
  5. If you use speed lights or light meters, or perhaps an alternative electronic device that uses batteries, make sure you have enough energy to spare during your trip. Once again, you don’t want to be in a remote place without being able to use your equipment. The same one that you have been hauling since you left home.


It doesn’t matter where you travel. Packing, planning and doing your homework accordingly will provide an invaluable advantage to your photos.

Safe journey and may you take incredible photos

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