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and your vacation
SO THE VACATION you’ve slaved away for all year has arrived, and exotic
locales are the destination. You and that special partner will be sailing off into
two weeks of sunset after sunset.
Preserving the memories of any vacation has never been easier, thanks
to the ease of use and convenience of digital cameras. But most people fail to
master the full range of control that a digital camera provides.
Here are some tips with vacation photography in mind.
Don”t forget to pack the camera, and a few other necessities for captur-
i ng those vacation memories.
P ower requirements. Plan to pack enough power to support camera use
t hroughout your trip. Most vacation spots tend to mark up the price of bat-
t eries, so if your camera uses disposable batteries, it’s most cost-effective to
s tock up at home and pack them in your luggage. If your camera uses a propri-
e tary rechargeable battery, don’t forget to pack the battery charger. Remem-
b er to charge the battery overnight. If you’re in a location without power for
a long time, a spare battery might be smart.
Memory. Memory cards are the new film .
Thankfully, the cards are available in large r
capacities than ever before, with som e
topping out at 4 GB. A 1 GB card should do nicely for most vacation picture storage ,
but it may be a safe bet to have a backup memory card.
Bring along the manual
The more you use your digital camera,
the more you master the controls. The
owner’s manual is an essential reference
that you probably haven’t spent much
Luckily, vacations come
with built-in relaxation time,
and exploring the manual is
a great way to fill that downtime—on the plane, on the
beach or in your hotel room.
Be sure to have the camera on
hand as you explore the manual
so you can get a sense of the key
menu and control sequences.