10 tips for city break shoot­ing

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

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.

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