There is no better way to document an adventure than with lots of pictures of your travels, after all, they do say a picture says a thousand words! Travelling along the Trans Siberian Railway will offer you plenty of photographic opportunities, whether it is taking photos of the local population, wildlife, or some of the breathtaking scenery that you will pass through. With modern technology, it is much easier for everyone to have a good quality camera in their pocket which they can use when the opportunity presents itself, with some Smartphones such as the Samsung S8 having as high as a 12MP camera. If you have never thought about the pictures you take too much, then you may wish to have a read of the article on various references online to get your thinking about framing your shots.
Making Sure You Are Prepared
When you are travelling, even when on a train, you never know when the next picture opportunity will arise, so it is essential to be prepared and always have a camera, or a phone, close to hand. There is quite a selection of Trans-Siberian express tours that take in different sights that you can choose from, so there will be plenty of chances to take pictures. The beauty of this is that you can take the pictures that you prefer to, whether they are portrait, voyeur, landscape, or wildlife shots. When taking pictures of wildlife or people, it is always best to snap first and think later and try to capture the emotion of the moment.
Have The Correct Equipment
It does not matter whether you are using a Digital SLR, a small digital handheld camera, or even a Smartphone if you are going to be taking lots of pictures during your Trans Siberian journey you will need to ensure that you have everything that you need to capture those perfect moments. Make sure that you have a spare battery if possible, and always have one battery fully charged and ready to be swapped out. You may also wish to have additional memory cards that you can swap out when they are full. If you have a laptop with you, then you can download all of the day’s pictures to this and wipe the memory card, leaving you plenty of room to take more pictures the following day.
Taking Your Shots
To get the perfect shot, unless you have a zoom lens, you will need to get as close as you can. If you are trying to take a picture from inside of the train looking out, be careful with the flash, if the subject is inside the train you can use the flash freely. The flash can cause a reflection that will probably spoil the picture. If outside the train, you can use the flash which can help in some conditions. Instead of having the subject of the photo in the middle of the frame, try having it off-centre which may make for a more interesting shot. Play around and take lots and lots of pictures, the beauty of a digital camera is you can take as many pictures as you want and simply delete the ones that you do not want to keep.