Recording Your Road Trip by Chris Lydle
Road trips are a favorite American summer pastime – and with
good reason. The idea of packing up the car for an impromptu
weekend adventure or a two week traipse across the country
is appealing and exciting, especially to those with a love
of photography. The promise of new and spectacular scenery
compels us to grab our gear and get going. Here are few tips
to help you capture the magic as you take the trail:
Check Your Gear: Make sure everything is in order
(you can use our travel checklist) before
hitting the road. Adding an extra camera card and battery
pack is also an excellent idea to make sure your gear is
fully functional during the entire trip.
Stock Your Car: Comfort is key when hitting the road
so remember to pack water bottles, snacks and a travel
journal, along with sunscreen, a blanket or towels and your
set of jumper cables.
Look for Landmarks: Photographing popular landmarks
in your destination may be a common activity but your
viewpoint will make the images unique. Play with
perspective, play with poses and have some fun. It’s fine to
start with a traditional group photo but branch out and get
silly – you’ll love the end result and so will your Facebook
Keep it Local: If you’re a foodie that loves to share
dinner photos, make sure you choose a fun and local
establishment to add authenticity. The waiters and staff
will often gladly pose for photos and even take one or two
for you. Local people and eateries make great road travel
photography so keep your eyes open for the unfolding of what
will surely be that perfect picture.
Picture a Photo Map: When the trip is over, have some
fun with your photos by placing them a top of a map of your
travels. Select a few of your favorite and superimpose them
on top of the map, print it and display it as a reminder of
your adventure. You can then bring the entire media card and
we’ll create a photo book or other memento of your trip.
Stop by and see what we can do!
Memory cards are not damaged by airport Xrays, by the
And send me
some copies of your photos - maybe on our