Planning on snapping photos on vacation this summer? Keep commercial photographer Stephanie Rausser's photography tips and gear in mind.
If you want to protect your camera from being stolen while traveling, consider a bag that doesnít scream ďIím a camera bag." Youíll want something with padding to fit your camera and room for extras like spare batteries, memory cards and other travel items. The Lowepro Passport Sling II bag ($69.99) is a good option. Kelly Moore bags like the Riva ($149) bring a touch of style.
Don't lose your photos
When travelling, try not to delete photos directly from memory cards in cameras. Consider bringing spare memory cards so you never run out of ďdigital film.Ē Copy images from your camera to a computer as soon as you can and try to make a backup to a portable hard drive or an online backup service like dropbox.com.
Don't let your photos gather digital dust on your harddrive
Make a book or get a quality print to hang on your wall. There are lots of online printing services that make it easy to turn your vacation pictures into a memorable keepsake book (blurb.com, mypublisher.com) or make big prints to hang in your living room (shutterfly.com, snapfish.com). Do it as soon as you can when you get home or more photos will come along before you know it.
If you are at the beach or pool, you can still get fun vacation pictures without putting your camera in harms way. Aquapac has a range of affordable cases for smartphones, point & shoot and DSLR cameras to keep your camera dry. Stephanie Rausser keeps her iphone protected on the beach with a Lifeproof case.
Get a grip
If you want to be a part of the photo fun, consider a lightweight tripod to set-up your shot so you can jump in using the timer on your camera. Putting your camera on a tripod will also help stabilize your camera and prevent blurry shots. The gorillapod line of tripods have flexible arms let you wrap the support around unconventional places like chairs and handrails. For a more traditional tripod consider the beFree tripod from Manfrotto ($199.99) which stores compactly to fit in a backpack but can be set up to get your camera more than 4.5 feet off the ground.
Share photos on the go without sacrificing quality
The Canon PowerShot N ($299.99) camera lets you sync wirelessly with your smartphone from anywhere so you can share pictures instantly. Itís tiny square shape fits in the palm of your hand but is loaded with an 8x zoom lens and sensor that runs circles around a phoneís built in camera. Consider this a camera accessory to your smartphone.
Like a DSLR only smaller
Mirrorless cameras offer the flexibility and image quality of more expensive Digital SLRS with interchangeable lenses and a big digital sensor packed into a more compact size with a less expensive price tag. For a good all around camera that can capture great stills and also HD movies, consider the SONY NEX-3N ($499.99).
Ready for adventure
Some point and shoot cameras offer weatherproof ruggedness right out of the box. All-weather cameras like the Nikon AW110 ($349.95) can handle the beach, a trip to the pool or an unexpected summer rain storm with no worries.