My ‘Aha’ Travel Writing Moment With Cameras

As I pack my bags for my travel writing gigs, I realize my DSLR camera is one of the most important things I can bring along.

Your camera selection has a big impact on your travel writing career. I vividly remember the convergence of events that finally forced me to graduate from my trusty point-and-shoot to a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera.

I’d been using my point-and-shoot for a few years, but only about 10% – 20% of my images were publishable—and that was on a good day!

Many of my photos were blurry, especially if something was moving – like people, wildlife, or vehicles. And, the images were poorly defined and the colors were dark and washed out. Some images looked bleached out.

When I used a point-and-shoot, my strategy was simply to take dozens of photos of everything, in the blind hope that a few would be suitable for publication.

Some usually came out okay – good enough for magazine editors to use. But winging it like this always concerned me. I worried that one day I would not have any decent images to offer an editor, and I that would lose the story.

In the back of my mind, I always had this niggling doubt that my images were not so good. I knew they were definitely not professional quality.

I had my ‘aha’ camera moment on a press trip to Alaska.

I was on an Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry when the captain announced that a photogenic island, complete with lighthouse, was coming up on our starboard side. I—and dozens of other passengers—rushed outside onto the deck, lined up, drew our cameras like a bad western movie, and started shooting.

The small lens on my point-and-shoot was not up to the task and I could not bring the lighthouse close up, nor could I get it into proper focus.

But what was infinitely worse was that every one of the dozens of passengers around me — from 12-year-old girls to grandmothers — ALL had DSLR cameras, and were happily clicking away.

I was the only travel writer on the ship, and I had the worst camera! Time to upgrade.

Interestingly, soon after I purchased my DSLR camera, three magazine editors mentioned the improved quality of my photos. And, I was now able to submit 80% – 90% of my photos because their quality was so much better. Hallelujah!

If you’re serious about breaking into travel writing, a high quality camera is a necessity.

Here’s some more detailed advice on the how, why, what, where & when of travel photography. This post tells you everything you need to know to get started about selling photographs with your articles – with links about how to choose the best camera for your travels as a writer, whether it’s a point and shoot, a mirrorless camera or a dSLR.

https://www.pitchtravelwrite.com/travel-photographs.html

About Roy Stevenson 36 Articles
Freelance travel writer Roy Stevenson has had more than 1,000 articles published in 200+ regional, national, and international magazines, newspapers, trade journals, custom publications, specialty magazines, in-flights, on-boards, and online travel magazines. He's considered one of the most prolific travel writers in the U.S.A.His free weekly newsletter for aspiring travel writers is considered one of the most informative e-zines in the travel writing business. (Subscribe here: http://www.pitchtravelwrite.com/pitchtravelwrite-ezine.html) Roy has published seven eBooks on selling and marketing freelance travel articles. (http://www.pitchtravelwrite.com/digital-downloads.html) You can read Roy's full bio and see some samples of his work at his writer's website, www.Roy-Stevenson.com

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