Author: Gail Bjork
Pack your camera in a well-padded pouch or camera bag. Make sure there is room to carry extra batteries and memory cards (or film). Bringing a battery charger? If so, you may need a power converter and/or plug adapter. Countries with different voltages and frequencies may use similar plugs, so find out what is required and buy before departure.
Other useful accessories to bring include a tripod or monopod, some plastic bags if you don’t have waterproof camera housing, and a soft, absorbent cloth to wipe away moisture from the lens and camera if they get wet.
You’re no doubt planning to bring an umbrella. Good. Then you, or someone you know, can hold it over your head if it rains when you’re taking photos.
A roomy jacket with a zippered front can come in handy. If it suddenly rains, or turns cold, you can slip the camera inside the jacket to protect it from the elements. If your camera is small enough, a large pocket will do.
Bring a tripod or other camera support for taking photos in low light, zooming in at long focal lengths or or when use of a flash is impractical or not allowed.
If you don’t have a tripod, you can use a table top, lean against a wall, a pole or car top. Look for anything where you can brace yourself to steady the camera while shooting.
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