Dr Prem Jagyasi Photography
Precautions in photography tourism
The first thing to be borne in mind while on photographic tourism is that you must have respect for your subject, especially when taking photo shots of places of worship, ritual gatherings and sacred landmarks. You need to keep your senses alert to find out if others are taking snaps. The locals may show resentment as photography in general may be banned in these places. It is always wise to seek permission before clicking the shutter.
Photography is a very sensitive issue while passing in and out of any foreign country. Carrying photographs of landmarks like military installations are prohibited. One should expect a tight security search to ensure that you are not carrying photographs of a place of strategic importance from the angle of the country’s security issue. As a precautionary measure, passengers at an airport are advised to take photographic films in their main luggage instead of hand luggage, which is more vulnerable to a security search. Specific request can be made to the airport authority for making prior programs for allowing photographers to carry professional films of ISO 8OO and up .
Extreme temperature conditions may damage your camera or its accessories. A very low temperature will reduce the battery life of your camera. On the other extreme, a very hot climate will harm your stock of batteries and films as well. It is wise to carry enough battery and films so that you do not have an unusable stock to shock you, when you have an opportunity to take photographic shot of a panoramic valley. Check the memory capacity of your cam and carry extra 1-2 memory chips so that you can take enough shots.
The camera kit should be safely packed making them damage proof against external and internal contacts. Lining the cases with soft padding would be ideal. When carrying multiple lenses, make provision for separate chambered casing with additional buffer linings. If you allow all the lenses to cram together, you will get a handful of shards instead of intact lenses. Carry pieces of linen to clean them, and be cautious not to leave a scratch. Carrying lens mopping liquid and timely application on the lenses would keep them tidy for flawless viewing.
Camera kits are quite expensive, and it is advised to take proper care so that they do not get robbed specially while moving in a crowd. There is a fair possibility of burglars stalking you. Once they get a chance, you lose your favorite camera. The same word of caution applies when you are in a deserted alley or in a back street. Never put your camera kit out on a public display. You may be inviting thugs.
Natural events like heavy downpour, dust storms and blizzards are potential threats to your camera. Keep them packed in waterproof and dust proof cases in order to avoid damage. In case you need a repair, your multilingual camera operating manual will help you in troubleshooting. The technician at the repair shop in your tour destination may not understand your language.