Dr Prem Jagyasi Photography
Budgeting photography tourism
Budgeting and procuring your photo shot gears is the very foundation block on which you take the initial move to photography tourism. Tourism without photography is an incomplete exercise. Photography supports tourism with that access highway by which a person gets a vivid idea of how a place looks like where he did not visit in his lifetime. Apart from it, photography becomes a valuable memento of tours done to be preserved as a record for an everlasting time frame.
Photography does not come free of cost. Right from the camera, tripod, films and their development makes photography tourism an expensive affair. However, it is a necessary evil. If you have decided not to spend a dime on it and do away with photography altogether you may have saved money, but the tour you have just completed looks bland and charmless however stunning the place of your visit might have been. The best option in photography tourism is to go for Digicams. They are available at very reasonable prices. They save you from incurring processing charges for developing prints from the films which is quite expensive and time consuming. Digicams come handy and are easy to operate. Your precious time is saved beyond imagination.
The art of photography and its tricks are an important and exciting part of tourism, especially when you want to highlight the intensity of beauty of the place that you have recently been to and the captivating impact the place had on you. It should be a neat exercise and attention grabbing, and it is quite obvious that good photography comes at a price. Price should be optimized striking a fine equilibrium between the expenses incurred on photography and that incurred on the tour itself. Common sense says photography budget must not overshoot the tour budget. However, it must not be too little either to compromise with the quality of photographs in a negative way.
While drawing up a cost comparison between a Digicam and film fed camera, the cost pattern basically runs on two aspects. The relevant cost components are the initial start up cost which is actually the cost of the camera and the cost of shooting over its life cycle. If the use is for a brief time frame, it is better to go for the one with lesser initial investment. The shooting costs gradually build up with time, and the ultimate cost of operating a cheap film camera if used for a prolonged period outweighs the investment made in an expensive digicam.
It can be confidently summed up that in spite of its high initial outlay Digicam has a cost advantage over a film cam if operated for a prolonged period. A three year span is enough to bring forth the cost effectiveness of a Digicam, and the frequency of tours and tour inspired shots will decide which option is economically viable. So before launching upon a tour to a distant country one should do justice to his hard earned money. He should draw up a realistic and prudent budget to confine his photography expenses within a manageable frame while on tour.