Off the Beaten Path: Travel Photo Tools and Tips
Experience is the best teacher... to quote Benjamin Franklin.
Between my years as a military brat and professional motion picture camera assistant prior to returning to stills imaging, I picked up a few things.
One, how to pack and travel lightly. Two, how to prepare ahead of time for a shoot.
My travel photography prep list is pretty well-memorized by this point. But lately, instead of relying on memory (no one needs a 'D'oh' moment regarding memory cards when you're miles away from the nearest resource), I've started making photo 'flash cards' for my must-have equipment and accessories.
I have one flash card each for the contents of my regular camera, hiking, and beach/marine bags. With the exception of my tripod, everything fits with room to spare for my (GPS enabled) cell phone, snacks, and misc. personal stuff.
Generally, I pack up the night before then leave everything in front of the door. That way, even if I'm stumbling out in a mind-fog before dawn, I'd have to pick up my gear before I can even get to the knob.
Below are my bag basics (minus the items that live in my pockets or the car).
(Not shown: DSLR used to shoot these photos and travel tripod/head)
What's in your travel photo camera bag and on your check-list?
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