Tips for Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Vacation Photography

Going green is the way to go nowadays, no matter what industry that we are in. homes and workplaces are going green in a bid to promote healthier living. The emission of greenhouse gases is threatening the very livelihood of Kenyans. And then there is the issue of global warming, that is on the rise day and night. If something is not done about it, we are all in very big trouble. In this article, we are going to discuss the tips for eco-friendly, sustainable vacation photography.

Educate yourself about environmental guidelines for specific sites

While on vacation, chances are that we are going to visit places of great cultural or ecological significance. The chances are very high that in these places, there are guidelines, or protections that are aimed at protecting or preserving structures, artifacts, flora, or fauna in certain areas. This means that there are certain things that we might not be allowed to bring with us for the photography. That is the reason it would be a great idea to gather some information regarding the sites before visiting them.

Follow the rules

Different places have different rules such as “No Flash Photography”, and it is very important that you adhere to those rules, since they were put there for a reason. Breaking the rules could lead to things like shortening the life of an artefact due to things like fading or degeneration.

Do not take “souvenirs” from the scene

Souvenirs are very tempting to pick and take home for remembrance, and especially if they look rare or precious. Remember, it was no mistake that nature placed it where you have found it, and it is probably best left there, since it preserves the natural beauty of the place, or even prevents damage or disruption of the eco system.

Clean as you go

In order for you to avoid littering, you need to clean as you go, and even pick up after others.

Tips for Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Vacation Photography

Tips for Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Vacation Photography

Best Lenses for Nikon D3300

Still on the topic of photography, Nikon cameras are some of the best that can be found in the market, and they come with great support, even for budding photographers. They hold photography training camps for Nikon camera owners, free of charge, around the world. In this section, we are going to review Nikon D3300 lenses, as we try and help you figure the ones that will work best for you.

Best ‘All in One’ Lenses (Standard Zoom)

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II

This all-rounder lens works well with beginners, producing the best focal range for all types of photography. It comes with Vibration Reduction II technology that aids in focusing. It also features extra low dispersion elements and super integrated coating, and it has a high relative aperture that makes it tricky when taking photos in low light.

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX

This ultimate zoom range lens is also perfect for all types of photography, featuring VR II image stabilization, SWM silent focus capability, low dispersion glass, super integrated coating, amongst other features. The 300mm zoom end is equivalent to 450mm on a full-frame sensor, making it a necessity to have a tripod so as to get sharp images. It is light and the build is quality, making it a favorite amongst many.

Best Telephoto Lenses

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200MM f/4-5.6G ED VR II

This is the perfect addition for people that already own a standard 18-55mm kit lens, and it works best for Nikon crop sensor cameras. Aside from being compact and lightweight, this lens comes with medium to long zoom lens. It is perfect for shooting anything from wildlife to portraits, featuring second generation vibration reduction for up to 4 stops gain, the best quality glass for sharp and vibrant images among other things. The only downside of this lens is the fact that it features a high minimum f-number, meaning you need sufficient lighting.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR

This lens has a long zoom capability, which is perfect for sports, wildlife, and portrait shots. It features vibration reduction, crucial for long telephoto lenses, especially in low light conditions. It also features low dispersion technology that reduces chromatic aberrations for sharp images. The only downside is that the lens is pretty heavy.

Best Wide Angle Lenses

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

This is a wide angle lens that is perfect for architecture and landscape photography. It features HSM focusing motor for silent and smooth autofocus, a strong quality build, and the 10mm focal for extremely wide photographs. The only disadvantage is that there is visible distortion at its widest end, but the low price makes up for that.

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX

This is yet another wide angle lens, also perfect for architecture and landscape shots at the widest, and regular images towards the 24mm end. Some of the features include the strong build quality, the silent wave motor, two extra low dispersion glass elements and three aspherical lens elements, super integrated coating and internal focusing.

Best Portrait Lenses (Fast Primes)

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX

These prime lenses are perfect for portrait photographers. They feature a 1.8 maximum aperture that is excellent for low light situations, and SWM for silent auto-focus or super integrated coating. The disadvantage is when the lens is used at f/1.8 since the contrast tends to soften.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX

This lens is optimized for full-frame cameras; it works perfectly for the Nikon D3300. It features silent auto-focus, an optical aspherical glass element, and many other features. The images are sharp, even at f/1.8, with minimal chromatic aberrations. It is moderately priced, making it one of the best lenses for the Nikon D3300.

Best Macro Lens

Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX ED VR Micro

This lens is designed as macro lens but still offers great portraits. It is a premium lens but worth every penny since it creates stunning photos complete with 1:1 reproduction ration and a close focusing range. Some of the features include vibration reduction, low-dispersion glass element, silent wave motor, and super integrated coating.


We now know some of the tips for eco-friendly, sustainable vacation photography. Knowing that Nikon cameras are some of the big players in the industry, once you have gotten your Nikon camera, you can buy one or more of the lenses that we have reviewed above.

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