Safety Precautions When Doing Railroad Photography

Safety Precautions When Doing Railroad Photography

While on an Amsterdam holiday, I saw a small display inside the conference hall hundreds of different images about railroads, trains, and tracks. And that’s when I knew that this was railroad photography. I have become acquainted with this kind of art when I met an enthusiast who is now a friend two years ago.

I asked him about the dangers and the risks that railroad photographers must take to get these shots. He said that this kind of photography indeed requires you to be bold in taking the pictures. But he also follows a set of safety precautions to protect himself and the people around him.

Always be alert

When doing railroad photography, your senses must be on heightened alert. You must always be aware of what is going on around you. A sudden sound of a horn or a stuck fabric on the tracks can be a matter of life and death for you and for your clients.

Not all trains sound their horns when they travel. If you are not careful enough, you may be seconds away from disaster. Don’t think that you can easily avoid the oncoming train. They can go as fast as 125 miles per hour.

Always proceed to this kind of photography with caution

If you can find safer angles for the clients that you are taking pictures of, it will be better and more convenient for all of you. Sometimes, pushing the envelope too far may also be too dangerous and too risky. A good shot of a picture is only great if the ones involved were not injured or hurt after the shot was taken.

You can bring props during the shoot

You can use props when doing a photo shoot on a railroad track. Some may opt to ask for the services of an Amsterdam bike rental or prop shop. This is okay as long as you are sure that it will not get caught up to the tracks. Also, safeguard the structure. Do not damage any part of the tracks because of your props. Respect the tracks especially the abandoned ones. They may not be used but they must still be maintained and taken care of.