34 Research locations
Not every trip produces award-winning shots, but that doesn’t have to mean that it’s a waste of time. Use it as an opportunity to scout out locations, viewpoints and subjects for future shots when the light or weather is going to produce better results.
When you find a likely location, it’s also worth checking where the sun will be at sunrise and sunset for the best light (try www.sunrisesunsetmap.com).
35 Use in-camera retouch
Similar to the raw processing option, many cameras also offer you the option of applying a range of effects and adjustments to JPEG images. While this doesn’t offer quite as much control over the final result as using most image-editing programs, it’s a great way of doing some basic adjustments if you don’t have access to your computer. Remember that you’ll need some space left on the card, though, as the adjusted file will be saved alongside the original.
36 Use in-camera raw processing
Shooting in raw format is essential for getting the best-possible quality from your camera, but unlike JPEG it’s not the most convenient format for sharing or viewing straight from the camera.
Many recent digital cameras have included an in-camera raw processing option that allows you to convert raw files before you copy them to your computer. This is perfect if you need to view the images on a computer without raw processing software, or you simply want to quickly see the effect of any image adjustment.
37 Record where and what
Unless your camera has built-in GPS, you’ll have to remember where you took the shot. Try shooting a sign or easily identifiable landmark if you can find one, or record a short video or voice clip for future reference.
38 Keep your gear to hand
It’s all too easy to just stuff everything back into your bag in no particular order once you’ve taken your shots, especially if you’ve changed lenses or used other accessories.
But you’ll save loads of time searching for that elusive memory card or cable release if you get into the habit of putting them into the same pocket or compartment of your bag each time you pack up. Or, keep memory cards and short lenses in a fanny pack.
39 Clean your tripod
Tripods get a pretty raw deal, getting covered in mud, sand and worst of all sea water. So to keep your tripod sections and locks working smoothly, remember to wash off any dirt or salt water before you put it away. Otherwise, the metal components can start to corrode or jam when sand or dirt finds its way into the leg mechanisms.