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Chapter 9. Travel Photography > Tips for Getting Great Travel Pictures - Pg. 251

Travel Photography 251 separate cases for them, or worrying that they will dent each other as I move around. A sturdy strap, the ability to open the bag quickly, and surefire protection from the elements are also important. It doesn't matter whether your bag is a backpack, belt pack, chest bag, or shoulder bag. Use what feels comfortable to you. · Other stuff. I usually find room in even the smallest bag for a cleaning cloth, an ear syringe for blowing dust off the camera or sensor, one of those plastic rain ponchos that fold down to the size of a pack of playing cards (I got mine on The Maid of the Mist ), and maybe a roll of gaffer tape. You never know when you might need to tape something down or up, or otherwise require gaffing. Tips for Getting Great Travel Pictures While most of what you learned in Chapters 7 and 8 apply to travel photography, here are some additional things to keep in mind as you rove about, camera in hand. If you follow these guidelines, you can come home with some great pictures. Shoot Details Sometimes, the best way to picture a building or other memorable sight is to capture individual snippets of its design. Indeed, parts of some buildings or monuments may be more interesting than the structure as a whole. Doorways, entrances, roofs, and decorations all make interesting photo- graphs. Best of all, you can often use a telephoto or normal lens to capture details, avoiding the problems of perspective distortion (discussed in Chapter 7) entirely. A case in point is the huge 500 foot stone cross that tops the underground cathedral, which the (still- dead) Generalissimo Francisco Franco had carved into the side of a mountain at the Valley of the