Travel photo tips: be­fore you go…

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Travel pho­tog­ra­phy be­gins long be­fore you ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion. Our pro, John Quin­tero, of­fers this ad­vice… Plan trips around sea­sonal high­lights. I nor­mally set my trav­els around the cal­en­dar of events/cel­e­bra­tions or re­li­gious cer­e­monies of the places I’m vis­it­ing. Find a lo­cal fixer who speaks your lan­guage and knows the area well. A good fixer can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween great, unique shots or nor­mal tourist snaps. They could also save your life in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. Make sure your vac­cines are up to date and al­ways carry those cer­tifi­cates with you. You can be de­nied en­try to cer­tain coun­tries or ar­eas if you fail to prove you are vac­ci­nated. Ob­vi­ous though it may be, it’s easy to for­get to in­form fam­ily or friends pre­cisely where you’re go­ing. It’s very im­por­tant to let peo­ple know where you’ll be and for how long. Apart from lo­cal money, I al­ways carry US dol­lars hid­den in my be­long­ings. You never know when you could find your­self in trouble and US dol­lars are al­most uni­ver­sally ac­cepted. Al­ways carry your cam­era and lenses as cabin bag­gage when trav­el­ling by air (see page 63). Tripods can go in the hold, but bod­ies and glass should stay with you at all times.

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