10 tips for city break shooting
1 Tablet vs laptop
A tablet is usually far less bulky than a laptop and usually cheaper to replace if lost. Cameras with built-in Wi- Fi ensure you can copy the day’s images to your tablet back at the hotel, and even edit them with apps like Lightroom CC for Mobile (see page 34).
2 Hold or cabin baggage?
Try and get your photo gear in your cabin bag rather than your checked-in luggage. Don’t risk it getting lost or damaged by careless airport-baggage handlers.
3 Check the regulations about cabin-bag size
Easyjet’s maximum size allowance is pretty typical: 56x45x25cm, including handles and wheels. Any bigger and you might have to put it in the hold, which is risky with fragile lenses.
4 Get deep pockets
If you are really pushed for space, you can put your camera and best lenses in a small bag for under-seat storage, or in the pocket of a jacket (North Face pockets seem particularly deep). Or wear the camera around your neck.
5 Pay for priority booking
Ryanair and Easyjet both allow you to pay a bit extra to board first: it’s less stressful, and you’re usually guaranteed to be able to safely stow your camera gear above your head.
6 Rucksack or courier bag?
Once you’ve arrived, a generous weatherproof courier bag can be more convenient than a bulky rucksack. Your gear is always at hand and it’s not a nuisance in crowded places.
7 Don’t overpack in the day
For general daytime shooting, don’t take the tripod if you don’t need it, and try and take just one or two lenses – a wideangle 16-35mm or standard 24-105mm zoom are ideal. Don’t overburden yourself.
8 Mini tripods make sense
While less versatile than their full-size brethren, they are better than nothing and you don’t need to worry about forgetting the base plate. I like the Velbon Ex- Mini, which is something of a bargain for £25.
9 Handy filters
Screw- on polarisers and Variable ND grad filters can be less hassle to carry around than fragile ND grad kits. A UV filter also gives your lens some protection.
10 Take a charged-up phone
Phones can be handy for discreet photos, while apps are great for checking sunset and sunrise times, or even controlling your camera.