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How to Choose the Right Travel Camera

Of all the electronics that I bring with me when I backpack, my camera is the most important to me. It’s how I capture my memories and share them with the world back home. I bought my first digital camera over 10 years ago. It was terrible, took poor photos, and cost way too much.

BUT, some of the photos I took with it still remain some of my favorites to this day. Looking at it now, it’s because the photos matched what I wanted to get out of my travel camera experience – ease of use and portability. That’s why when you are looking to buy a camera, specifically a travel camera, you need to think about what it is that you want to capture.

Are you looking to the best photograph quality? Ease of operation? Portability? Someone whose main hobby is taking photographs of their travels will carry with them much different equipment than the traveler who wants to take snapshots for their facebook. When thinking about buying a travel camera, consider which of these factors is the most important to you:

Type Of Camera

You’ll first need to decide what type of camera it is that you’re interesting in purchasing. Is it a small and portable point and shoot? A large and flexible DSLR? Or a middle of the road compact system camera.

For example: My travel style is extremely light, and I pack accordingly. A DSLR is too big for what I generally pack, but I shoot as a hobby and wasn’t getting the results from my point and shoot camera. So, I went with a compact system camera. BUT, imagine that I was a professional photographer, or I just wanted to capture snapshots…it would be a much different choice for me.


Obviously, this is going to be a concern for almost every backpacker (unless you’re rich and have money to blow…in that case just search for the best camera there is and go for it), The good news is that with modern photography equipment, even the cheapest cameras are capable of taking decent photos.

A modern point and shoot would put to shame some of the highest quality equipment from only ten years ago. And ten years ago, people were taking great photographs. Just goes to show you that spending 2000 dollars is not an automatic ticket to making the National Geographic front page.

As a side note, consider buying a camera used if you can find it. Any camera here that I’ve linked I’ve tried to find the cheapest price, but you may want to consider checking Craigslist or similar auction site to see if there is a cheaper option used. Many people go through cameras quickly, and you can buy an older model for half the price of the greatest and latest.


I’ve touched on this already, but it’s a huge consideration. How comfortable are you carrying an extra bag with you while you travel? What about an extra ten pounds? Do you want a camera that you can fit in your pocket, or a camera that needs to be carried with a strap? Consider what your needs are and what you are willing to carry.

Ease Of Use/Comfort Level

Many people seem to forget this before taking a trip. If you purchase a camera just one day before you leave, you’ll spend half of your time trying to figure out the features and uses of the camera. Purchase your new camera at least a week before you go, and take as many practice pictures as you can. Don’t choose a type of travel camera that you are not familiar with.

Technical Specifications

Ask yourself the following questions when purchasing a camera: How important is a long zoom to you? Are you familiar with aperture controls, iso, and shutter speed? Or do you prefer a camera that you can leave on auto and take great pictures? How important is manual control to you? Don’t buy a camera based on its list of features if you realistically don’t plan on ever using them.

Using these ideas as a starting point, check out some of my favorite cameras that I’ve ever used. They each fit a certain niche in the travel camera market, but I’ve used each of these before and can attest to their quality.

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How To Stop Dog Barking When Out Walking

Dogs, just like human beings, interact and mainly convey their messages through barking. When a dog barks, it is simply communicating. Human beings, on the other hand, use words, tonal variations and signs to convey their messages.

What Triggers Your Dog To Bark

There are instances when a dog may bark to an extent where you may begin to feel as if the dog’s only intention is to annoy you. If this happens, it may seem as if your dog wants you to have their way where you end up conceding defeat and the dog prevails.

It is imperative to learn that varying instances trigger different dogs barking desires. One of the instances include word of warning, worry, fear, liveliness, attention grabbing, dullness and much more.

Read The Signs And Dog Language.

It is important to learn how to stop a dog barking if you feel it is irritating or somehow disturbing your peace. For example, a dog can bark endlessly when exposed to new or strange environments, such as when hiking out in the mountains or in the woods.

Somehow the dog responds to strange sounds in the woods or peculiar movements. Sometimes, the dog can bark at fellow hikers, friends or family in the valleys and mountains, further turning your hiking trip to a deafening disaster.

No One Wants To Tolerate a Continuously Barking Dog

No one will tolerate their lovely pets turning into enraged barking monsters while out enjoying the rolling plains and the pristine beauty of the mountainsides.

This can be done by understanding what activates barking. From learning the causes of barking, you can begin training your dog to respond differently to distinctive environments.

You Don’t Want To Do This To Your Dog

Many people have tried out assorted ways of how to stop a dog barking, with few reaching the desired results. Many of the ways applied include correcting the barking behaviour of the dog by placing chocking, spiking or shocking collars that significantly punishes the dog for barking.

Don’t Go For Fast Short Term Techniques

However, these techniques frequently fail. This is considering that the silence attained through these means may not last for long. In addition, these techniques seem to be far much away from understanding the dog’s behaviour.

Furthermore, these techniques can cause serious injuries to the dog. Chocking and pulling the dog can also be a significant source of fear, pain and anxiety.

Try This Working Method

If punishing the dog cannot work, then the remaining option is positively reinforcing the dog for its actions. Many people think that ignoring a dog when it starts barking is not a workable idea.

For example, every time the dog barks when noticing a dashing squirrel in the woods, or when presented with food, ignore them or simply walk away. Alternatively, give the dog what they desire, such as a bone when they obey you when you request them to stop barking.

Give The Dog What He/She Desires – a Bone Works Magic

This is a great way of conditioning the dog to enable them adapt to keeping quite when they want something, or when they are communicating. Whenever the dog understands this and remains quiet and collected, then praise it.

This will help reinforce this behaviour and further get rid of unnecessary or irritating/annoying barking when you least expect. How to stop a dog barking has never been this easy, try reinforcing next time you go hiking with your lovely pet.

Finally, Be The Pack Leader And Your Dog Barking Issue Is Closed

Doggy Dan of the onlinedogtrainer recommends that being a pack leader will help keep the dog calm and relaxed, you should train to be the pack leader and do it correctly. This way, the dog will not see it as their duty to guard and protect you.

All of us can became packleaders , I will need days to explain it on this post, have a glimpse at Doggy Dans website: theonlinedogtrainer . He is a genius in this practice and has way too cool videos to establish yourself as a packleader to help stop dogs from barking.