Putting Yourself First when Taking Travel Photographs

If you enjoy photography, you know how important it is to protect your camera when you are travelling. If a camera is broken, lost or stolen, you will not only lose the chance to take great images of your surroundings, but there is a chance you’ll lose all the pictures you have taken during your trip. However, there is another aspect of photography that people often fail to realise in that it is very easy to get yourself into physical trouble when looking through the viewfinder of a camera.

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When you are concentrating on getting that image, it can be all too easy to fail to notice various hazards around you. Concentrating on the viewfinder or screen and stepping backwards into the path of an oncoming vehicle is a more common occurrence than you may think, and with all the excitement of being in a foreign clime, realising you are in a strange, unfamiliar place can often get forgotten in the excitement, resulting in you taking unnecessary risks.

Awareness

When we take photographs we can often get absorbed in the process, and this can result in us not paying attention to where we are and what we are doing. Failing to see traffic or not realising there is a ditch or drop in the terrain on which we are standing can lead to a nasty accident. Therefore, it is important to do a little risk assessment every time you take out your camera.

When you mention risk assessment, people think this means filling out forms and taking a long time assessing possible risks, but it doesn’t have to mean that. Simply taking a second or two to take stock of your surroundings, noting the terrain you are standing on and any possible dangers, such as a nearby road, can go a long way in keeping you safe and preventing an accident.

Accidents

Of course, accidents can happen, but if you have taken a little time to think about your safety when you start taking photographs, there is a good chance any accident probably wasn’t your fault. However, if you are injured when travelling, it can have ramifications long after you return home. You may not be able to return to work for a while or you may have to pay medical bills.

If you have booked your trip through a travel company, there is a strong possibility that they could be liable for damages. For instance, if you have an accident at a hotel, due to negligence on the part of the hotel owners, you can make a claim against the travel company that booked your room. However, if you have an accident on the roads, on say a bus, unless your travel company booked the transport for you, they can’t be held culpable.

However, you may be able to claim damages from who was at fault, so if you are involved in a traffic accident, you can make a claim against the offending driver or bus company. This may involve a lot of paperwork and require you to gather a bit of information, such as the name of the bus company and the location of where the accident happened. However, if you visit an injury solicitor who specialises in foreign case when you get home, they can handle the claim for you, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

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