In this week’s episode Jim discusses some of the tips he learned while photographing wildlife and landscapes in Canada, as well as listener questions.
[1:00] Ten Tips for Nature Photography on the Road
Tip #1: Put your camera on the ground in the passenger seat with a long lens attached to it while driving
This tip really helps me to capture those sudden images that come up while you travel. If you see an eagle or other wildlife while you’re driving, you can pull over and be ready for the shot at a moment’s notice. Also, this will help you to prevent the camera from falling, which can happen if you brake hard and the camera is on the passenger seat.
Tip #2: Call your credit card company and cell phone provider before traveling
I had my credit card shut down when my credit card company saw sudden charges in a new country and thought my card was stolen. Prevent this problem by calling ahead.
Tip #3: Grab the “gimme” shots early on in your trip
One thing that really helped me was to hit the classic “post card” photos of Banff on day 1. This helped me to get some early wins and freed up the rest of my trip to find lesser-photographed locations.
Tip #4: Sleep in your car to be on location at sunrise
I laid the seats flat in my car so I could shoot until dark at sunset and then stay at the same location early the next morning. If I had gone to a hotel, I would have had to drive an hour each way and would have had less sleep because I would have to wake up early to shoot.
Lots more tips are available on the episode! Listen to the audio file to hear all of what Jim had to teach about his trip, as well as his answers to listener questions.
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