It's vacation time for a lot of people right now, and the one thing you don't want to forget to pack is your camera. But there are a few things you need to be aware of before you go.
First of all, make sure your camera is ready to go with new batteries and a large enough memory card to hold more pictures than you think you might take during the trip. The reason you want to do this is because most of the time you will find that resort or vacation areas really mark up these items and you may end up paying a lot more than you should, or you may be in a remote area and the type of battery or card may not be readily available.
Next make sure your camera has a strap. Sounds simple but that little camera can really get heavy after carrying it around all day, and the strap helps keep it from getting accidentally dropped. Cameras are a lot more expensive than they used to be and one short drop can ruin a vacation quick. If you plan on traveling by air the main thing you have to remember is to make sure you do not pack your camera in your checked luggage. Always take it in your carry-on. Unlike film, the X-ray and security equipment won't hurt your camera or images, but your images and your camera are too valuable to let them out of your sight.
Once you arrive at your destination you still have a few precautions you need to take. Sand, heat and water are your camera's enemies. If you are going to the beach or the desert, make sure to keep your camera out of the sand and don't make a habit of storing your camera in a hot vehicle.
Now that you know how to take care of your equipment get out there and take some great pictures. Whether you are vacationing in Bemis or the Bahamas, the pictures you take will become part of your family history.
(Brent Kepner is the Owner and Photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)