How to prepare for snapping the ultimate travel shots
If you want to make the most of your time exploring a new place, preparation is key. Thankfully, the Internet has made it easier than ever to research a location and the photo opportunities it may offer before you’ve even booked your flights. Many image sharing websites such as 500px, and apps like Instagram, allow you to browse images by location or a place’s name. This can be a great source of inspiration, as it shows you exactly what’s been taken and where, and even reveals the most publicly acclaimed compositions. Make a hit list of your favourite spots to visit after you’ve arrived and map out your walking route, it’ll save hours of aimless wandering.
By pairing the FUJIFILM X-T100 with a versatile zoom lens, like the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, you’ll have a lightweight camera set-up that won’t drag you down but is capable of competently tackling just about any photographic subject that you stumble across while exploring a destination. At its widest (18mm)_ this lens is ideal for landscapes and cityscapes, and at its longest (135mm) it can be used for distant subjects like wildlife.
Pack a portable power bank in your bag; not only will it keep your phone charged all day while you’re using energy hungry map and social media apps, but it can also be used to recharge an X-T100 via its Micro USB port. This can be a lifesaver if you’ve managed to deplete the device’s fantastic 450 shot battery life.
Several companies now produce pocketable miniature tripods that measure less than 20cm in length. It may be worth investing in one if you’re starting to take your travel images seriously. While these don’t offer the working heights of traditional tripods, they do provide a stable platform on which to affix your camera for selfies, slow-shutter-speed shots and time lapses, all things that are difficult to capture handheld.
Lens cleaning equipment may not be the most exciting accessory to add to your must-pack list, but it’s an essential if you want your images to look their best. In dry conditions, dust in the atmosphere can easily settle on your lens and, if left, unattractive dust spots (dark marks) will appear in your photos. Also take twice as many memory cards as you think you’ll need. There’s nothing worse than running out of space for images and then frantically trying to delete shots to free up room when you spot a good subject.
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