Dr Prem Jagyasi Photography
Do’s and don’ts of photography tourism
There are certain important rules one should abide by while taking his camera to a tourist destination. These regulations are however guided by the geographical character, cultural practices, local crowd and the customs and beliefs that rule. When the enchanting plateau of Tibet or the mystic flavor of the country is your target destination, you need to watch out for the local sentiments before clicking for your camera shutters.
In religious countries like Tibet, Thailand, Myanmar photography inside monasteries and Buddhist temples are prohibited. If you click for photography, you are inviting resentment of the temple authority and the locals as well. Consequently, your photography gadget may be seized and a heavy fine may be imposed upon you. You may be subject to open jeer leading to embarrassment. On similar grounds, shooting pictures of monks and nuns is a banned activity.
In India, mainly in certain Hindu temples there are restrictions imposed upon taking inside anything made of leather. Many camera cases and holders are leather made. Therefore, it is thus advisable that you follow these rules not making your tour a bitter experience landing you in a troubled state. It is quite a possibility the same restrictive rules may apply when you draw your camera in the hope of shooting priceless pictures of artifacts and sun god inside the Mayan pyramids preserved as a relic bringing flashbacks of their cult of human sacrifice.
If you have a hot sun burning overhead, exposing your stock of films and your camera kit can well be damaging. You may be quite at a safe side with the latest digicams or high tech DSLR models. Never expose your camera to a strong windy weather condition as this will have an adverse impact on your gadget, and by the same logic dust and sand storms may damage your lens. A drastic fall in temperature may well be destructive for your photography tourism. Check whether your lenses are well suited to stand all sorts of weather conditions. If you are planning to visit Tibet to click some great photography, it is advised you do it in the months of September and October. The quality of your photography will have a magic touch.
A lot depends on the number of photo shoots you have planned to take. Digicam has a cost advantage over film fed cameras despite the high initial cost of the instrument if you are going for a large number of photo shoots. Film fed cameras have low initial instrument cost, but the cost of films and development charges escalate with the rise in the number of shots taken.
While visiting places having a low temperature, you need to bring extra stock of batteries because chillier the climate, shorter is the life span of the batteries. If you look for excellent quality photos, you may make that extra effort of carrying a tripod and flash attachments. Your efforts are definitely going to pay off. When on a visit to a land situated on a plateau you may be exposed to harmful ultra violet rays. Filters may be kept before the lens in order to get the distant vision distinct.
Carry the maintenance kits like dust cover, lens hood, tissue, brush and cleaners if you are out for a long trip. This will be an added advantage as well to attend your camera in case the strain of touring falls heavy on your delicate instrument. However, photography apparatus should be light enough to facilitate easy movement. In many countries, the local are driven by a belief that it is inauspicious to be photographed .Respect their belief in that case. Do not insist on taking photo shots. You may be adding fuel to fire and spark off their wrath!