I like to take as many photos as I possibly can when I’m on holidays. I’m in plain terms, a happy snapper. I take multiple pictures of every fascinating trees I see and I take every snap when seeing every single monument. Taking many pictures of my husband and kids making faces in front of the scenery. But this leaves me at the end of my holiday with the onerous task of flicking through all these pictures and deciding which ones to keep and get printed, and which ones to discard.
But isn’t there an easier way?
First things first, be prepared for your huge stack of photographs. Just like back in the day there was nothing worse than running out of film, today it’s a real shock to the system to see “Memory Card Full” flashing on your digital camera screen. So pack multiple memory cards. If you intend on going all out, maybe you should even remember to bring along with you a laptop and an external storage device on which you can upload and store your photos.
Sort photos into batches
Go through your photos in batches. After a long day it can be relaxing to sit back with a glass of wine and your camera and to delete a whole stack of blurry and unflattering pictures. Get rid of them early to avoid clutter on your computer at the end of the trip, and to avoid importing a bunch of bad photographs. This way you don’t have to worry about some horrid shots taking up way too much space.
Have your laptop handy
Make the most of having your laptop on hand by controlling your workflow. Catalogue your images in a program like Adobe Lightroom and then pick your favourites, using the rating star feature. Quick-edit anything that can be fixed easily like red-eye so you don’t have to worry about it later. And tag them so you remember where and when you took your pics.
If lightroom isn’t available try a great program called Paint.Net for quick editing which is free and is basically an advanced program of the original Paint but with more functions.
With a few tips to keep things organised, you’ll be free to take as many pictures as you like. Don’t miss a single moment. But don’t let taking pictures get in between you and the world you’re exploring. You’ve got to remember to participate and not just chronicle the journey. It’s about really submerging yourself into a different environment and culture. And of course, having fun!