Want to capture incredible photographs? Some of the best locations that can provide you with that prized shot are often located within remote parts of the world. Understandably, it can be very difficult to not only get to these places but haul all your equipment to them. Therefore, the following list includes some of the best tips for helping you to make that journey a little easier.
A Gear Bag
There is a reason why some locations are very remote; the terrain and randomness of their weather patterns can be a deterrent for anyone wanting to settle there. According to Carryology, it’s always a good idea to bring extra protection for your camera and accessories. The best tool to utilize for protection is a gear bag. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gear bag to ensure protection, but you shouldn’t go too cheap as well. A good gear bag allows you to have ample storage room for all your gear while at the same time providing them with some level of protection from water and sudden impact.
While you pack your gear, keep the weather in mind. It can be a lot of fun shooting in the rain, but make sure you pack protection. Check out my article Shooting in the Rain (on a Budget) for some tips. And if it looks like you will be staying overnight on location, check out our tips for camping, For the Casual Camping Photographer. And finally, the best way to prepare is to make a list! We have a complete Photography Travel Packing List that is free to download and print out.
A Good Car
Buses and trains will only take you so far, and thus, more often than not, you might need to use your car to get to these remote locations. However, before you take off it in your car, it is highly recommended to remember to perform some standard maintenance on it. Check that tires are in good shape and well inflated. That you have sufficient oil to make the trip as well as a properly working air filter if you are heading out during the hot summer days. In addition, wildlife must be taken into consideration. Wildlife occur more frequently in remote locations, so Dickson Kohan & Bablove advises keeping an eye out for wildlife such as deer crossing the roads, which can cause a serious accident.
Pack a First-Aid Kit
When it comes to doing anything in life that holds some risk, safety must be your first priority. Therefore, according to Hyperlite Mountain Gear, one of the best things you can do for yourself is packing a first-aid kit. Remote areas of the country can be very dangerous. Overgrown trees, uneven ground terrain, and sudden windstorms can place you in a lot of danger. Therefore, it is incredibly important to always have a first-aid kit around in the event that you or your partner are injured during your outing.
Photographers are always on the hunt for that perfect shot, and many choose to venture off into remote areas in order to capture it. However, before you set off on your adventure, it is incredibly important to adhere to the tips listed above as well as doing your own research.
How do you prepare?
Have any tips or hints that I left out? Post your comments below!
Want to improve your photography skills? Take one of our classes!