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iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by Derrick Story, David Pogue

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Travel Photography

Digital cameras are perfect vacation companions. Memory cards are easy to pack, there’s no film for airport X-rays to wash out, and when the day is done, you can review all of your images on the camera’s LCD screen, on your laptop, or on the hotel room TV.

Shooting on the road presents unique photo opportunities that simply aren’t available at home—like museums, fjords, and Cinderella’s Castle. Here’s how to master those moments and add a little spice to your vacation slideshow.

Packing up

Digital cameras may be small and compact, but they’re often accompanied by just as much accessory junk as film cameras. Here’s a pre-trip checklist:

  • Batteries. The laws of photography dictate that you’ll run out of juice at the precise moment the perfect shot appears.

    If your camera comes with its own proprietary, rechargeable battery, consider buying a second one. Charge both batteries every night, and take them both with you during the day. (Pack the charger, too.)

    If your camera accepts AA-type batteries instead, you have much more flexibility. Bring your set of NiMH rechargeables, as described as page 17, and their charger. Also pack an emergency set of disposables, like alkaline AAs or Duracell CRV3 lithium disposables, if your camera accepts them.

  • Memory cards. Nobody ever said, “Oh, I wish I’d bought a smaller memory card.” You’ll be grateful for every last megabyte.

    As a rough rule of thumb, figure that you’ll wind up keeping 36 shots a day (not including the ones that you delete ...

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