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Summer Photo Tips

Packing checklist for all cameras

  • Your camera & camera case/bag
  • Memory cards - a few lower capacity memory cards spread the risk of
         corruption and loss.Check the contents are backed up & format the card before you pack.
  • Batteries—charged. Spare if you’re going off the grid
  • Charger  & cable for batteries - the battery charger is the most common item that people forget to pack if the number of chargers we sell to tourists is any indication! We offer them after-market battery-chargers that plug into the wall as well as car 12 V receptacles to charge while driving. 
  • Camera manual—you’re on holiday—time for reading !
  • Tripod or monopod. Try a Gorilla pod which is a small flexible tripod that can wrap around fixed objects. Read our Tripod Buying Guide
  •  Hurricane  blower brush & microfibre cleaning cloth are essential cleaning tools for sandy or dusty locations.
  • Waterproof digital camera or single-use waterproof film camera  for the beach
  • A rubbish bag— to lie or sit on when doing low angle shots and to keep gear dry or protect from sand
  • Baby wipes or something similar to clean sand or salt water off your hands well before reaching for your camera.

Extras to pack for System Cameras

  • Camera body and a spare if necessary
  • A standard lens
  • A telephoto lens (optional)
  • A wide angle lens (optional)
  • Polarising filter to reduce unwanted reflections.
  • UV or lens protect filter to protect the front element from sand and salt spray.
  • Neutral density (aka Light Control) filter for slow shutter speeds on bright days. Variable ND2-400 covers all options. Read our Useful Filters Guide.
  • Camera bags - large one for all your equipment, a smaller one for day trips.
  • LensPen SensorClear tool for cleaning your sensor of annoying marks.
  • Shutter release for slow shots (cable or remote)
  • An external flash with fresh AA batteries plus a spare set.
  • A flash diffuser to soften flash light
  • A small portable reflector can be useful, especially for portraits

Camera Care Tips for Summer

  • Protect your camera - sand gets into every nook and cranny and can render a camera useless if you don’t take precautions at the beach.
  • Sand loves camera bags – for extra protection, store your camera in a sealed Ziploc bag inside your camera bag.
  • Salt from the ocean is also very corrosive. Even a fresh sea breeze is full of  salty particles just waiting for an opportunity to corrode your camera’s internal workings.
  • Don’t hang your camera around your neck after you’ve been swimming in the ocean. Salt will still be present on your skin or togs, which can transfer onto your camera.
  • A lens hood offers some additional protection against salt water spray
  • Avoid changing lenses while on the beach – leave the beach to do this
  • Remember to wash your hands before handling your camera as insect repellent and some sunscreens can harm your camera
  • Wipe your camera and lenses with a damp cloth when you get home to ensure no salt remains on your camera.

Summer Photo Tips

 - when there is a bright sun, it means that harsh shadows are inevitable. You can either use fill-flash to counteract the shadows or use a reflector to bounce the light back onto the subject.

- when you take portraits with the subject looking into the sun they will end up squinting. How can you avoid this? Try moving your subject into the shade – for example, the shade of an umbrella. Perhaps, wait till a cloud obscures the direct sun. Or turn your subject so that the sun is behind him or her, and use fill flash to light the face or meter for their faces to avoid getting silhouettes

 -  if the sun is too bright, you can underexpose the camera usually up to three stops to reduce the amount of light entering the camera. This will also help retain detail in the sand and on anything light coloured.

  - in beach scenes of people pay close attention to the background. It’s easy to overlook distracting things when you’re surrounded by so many interesting sights. Look carefully. If you see distracting elements – towels, shoes, rubbish, other people etc. – either remove them or change your angle to eliminate them from view.

  - shoot lower than you stand – or higher, whatever – take a different vantage point as that can make all the difference. When capturing animals and children get down to their level – it will make a big difference to the picture.

  -try a prime as this will force you to zoom in or out with your feet, changing your perspective and perfecting your skill on the focal length you chose.

 - have some fun getting misty water photos at the beach or on your bush walks. Read our Misty Water Photo Tips

 - you can still get out and take photographs if the weather turns nasty.
Read our Wet Weather Photo Tips

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