If you are like me and you enjoy nature photography when travel, take a look of this tips before packing your camera for your Panama Expedition.
When you go for an air-conditioned van to the humidity of the rainforest, your camera will fog up, both inside and out. Keep your equipment as far from the air conditioner as possible. In an ideal world having one lens per camera body would be the best solution for high humidity environments. In this situation you’d have one lens on your camera body the entire length of your trip so that humid air never enters your camera. Few people outside of the professional circle have this luxury, so it is important to minize the number of times you change lenses when in the field.
If you buy a new camera, please play with the equipment before departing on your adventure. It is a good idea to have the manual available just in case. We suggest you to download an electronic version online.
If you are binging an old camera, check the batteries, lenses and electronic equipment before your trip.
Bring lot of memory for your camera! Panama is an amazing diverse destination and you may want to take lot of pictures. During your trip you may not have access to computer so memory is a must!
If you are planning to go out at night, bring a good flash.
Don’t forget a protected gear from rain or humidity. You can also use a large gallon-size plastic bag as an impromptu rain sleeve in a pinch. Another alternative is to use a shower cap that some hotels include free in the bathroom.
Bring extra batteries. Batteries can be difficult to replace during your adventures. Extra rechargeable batteries can be helpful too.
Bring a Tripod or a monopod can be useful for long lenses or close-up photography and is essential if you want to take long-exposure shots.
Dry your hands before changing batteries and CF cards. This will minimize introduction of moisture, inside the camera, that might later condense upon returning home. Keep in mind this will be particularly true the sweatier you are.
Toward the end of your trip utilize a hotel room air conditioners to dehumidify your gear. No need to place your gear too close. Having your equipment out and your camera bag open can be enough to help pull away a build up of moisture.