Take a look at some of useful photography tips for Nanda Raj Jat. A dozen tips are divided into 4 sections: equipment, weather, shooting spot, and fitness.
- Carry enough number of fully charged camera batteries and / or the camera compatible solar charger.
- Charge the batteries in villages whenever possible. In most of the villages along the route, folks allow camera and mobile charging for free during the pilgrimage period. Remember Wan is the last village.
- Carry sufficient number of memory cards. It will depend on
- Type of photography- still photography or video recording,
- Amount of coverage, and
- Number of photography days.
For example, if you want to capture all cultural programs and events, the procession, and physical landscape for 22 days, you will need lots of memory.
- Bring water proof covering for camera (s) because it rains, especially in afternoon during August-September. If you do not have water proof cover for the camera, you will miss many interesting sights. Or you will spoil your expensive equipment.
- Be quick and ready, because at many occasions I missed the shots worth a frame because by the time I opened my camera, sprinting fog hogged the scene. The stubborn fog did not move away for long.
- Be patient! On some occasions fat thick sluggish fog was very cooperative and gave me enough time to create a frame.
- Do not run away thinking that fog may not clear up. Because sometimes the fog disappears in a blink of eye.
- Given the crowd, look around for a suitable shooting spot in advance and plan the frame and angle as everything happens very quickly. It is not an orchestrated ramp walk or movie set where director will instruct for lights, camera, and action. You will not get a chance for a retake.
- Crowd would purposely or unintentionally push you, shaking your camera. The photographic results would be thus frustrating. Take care of this!
- Be alert! Some sections of the trek are prone to landslides. Take care of yourself and your equipment. Stand on a safe and stable spot for taking pictures.
- You need to be very active and fit to capture this event.
- Try to minimize the weight of your photography paraphernalia. Heavy equipment may limit your trekking speed and movement, especially after Wan from where real hard trek starts. You cannot fully rely on porters because many times they will simply disappear without informing you. You will thus not have access to your equipment when you need it.