Safety Tips for Photographers While Travelling
When you're travelling and wanting to take pictures, there are several things you need to keep in mind at all times, and the main one - of course - is your own safety. Obviously, your camera is important, too, but that can be replaced - you can't. Your safety is paramount. A lot of the tips here are simply common sense, but all of them are designed to make sure you get home safely - and hopefully with the shots you wanted.
Be Aware of Your SurroundingsWhen you're in a foreign country, or even somewhere in your own country that you don't know, you don't have the local knowledge to be aware of what's a bad or dangerous area. You might have gone out walking, looking for scenes that would make good pictures, and not given any thought to where you are. You need to keep alert, keep your senses sharp. You could be somewhere that will put you at the mercy of thieves, or possibly where you can be attacked by animals. Before you go out, ask some questions and do a little research! It could make a huge difference.
A good camera case is essential, but it's a great help if you have one that doesn't seem to advertise the fact that you're walking round with an expensive camera. Keep it plain and simple, if possible. Keep the camera on the front of your body, where you can see it, not slung over your back where it's just a magnet for thieves. If you have gear in other bags - lenses, or even film - keep them closed tight, and also on the front of your body. The less obtrusive your equipment, the safer it will be.
That doesn't mean you can forget about it. Make sure your insurance covers your camera and other equipment, and only take along what you need for that trip, rather than everything. Apart from anything else, your hands and body will thank you!