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I don't know what it is about travelers and cameras but most of us seem to regard the film in the camera as if it were gold bullion we are saving for retirement.

Take pictures when you see them! You do not need to go to the hotel to decide the pros and cons of any shot.  Just take it.  I can understand that you might have enough snaps of your traveling companions but don't skimp on the attractions.


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Travel Advice - - Take that picture when you see it

It is a rule of thumb that while on vacation you should take any potentially interesting or "classic" picture when you see it.

  • Do not wait until later when taking the picture might be more convenient or when you think the composition of the picture might improve (e.g. better lighting at sunset).
  • Postponing a picture is an action you will regret.
  • For travelers, good pictures are a combination of timing, weather, and serendipity.
  • Remember, only the professional photographer has the time to wait for the perfect picture (whether natural or staged).
  • Always have a camera and extra film with you and snap that picture when you see it.

One of the common mistakes made by travelers is that when they arrive at a beautiful scenic sight late in the afternoon, after a long day of travel, and decide to wait to take photos until the next morning. Often the next morning is cloudy or rainy. Sometimes the attraction does not open early and you have to leave for your next destination. There are other cases where it is sunny but the morning sun does not capture the beauty that you saw the previous afternoon.


So, take the picture when you see it. After all, snapping a picture does not cost much. In the rare case that there is a better photo opportunity of the same sight tomorrow, you can always take a few more pictures. Don't be conservative with your photo opportunities; you might not be back to the same place in your lifetime.

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