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The Travelling Photographer: Packing the Right Gear for Your Next Adventure

Indeana Underhill, Lifestyle & Travel Photographer

The Travelling Photographer: Packing the Right Gear for Your Next Adventure

Indeana Underhill, Lifestyle & Travel Photographer

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6 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:31
    • 2. Getting Started

      9:05
    • 3. What to Pack

      19:43
    • 4. How to Pack

      6:26
    • 5. Mobile Travel Photography

      4:10
    • 6. Final Thoughts

      1:18
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About This Class

For me, travelling is a necessary part for my own creativity and inspiration within my work. The experiences, the culture, the people I meet while in a new country are all integral to my learning through photography and life itself. It's important to live in the moment but we have to prepare for those moments by choosing our gear wisely. 

In this class, we look at:

  • Finding your purpose for the trip and how that interprets to gear
  • How do we know what lenses, filters, and accessories are necessary to our creative vision and that purpose?
  • How to travel with gear by keeping it safe and light while keeping your creative options available to you
  • Once we have decided on our gear, I provide some recommendations on how to pack it and the best type of bags to use.
  • The benefits of mobile travel photography including advice on external lenses and what applications I us

Be creative, daring and take great photos!

For more of my photography classes ranging from beginner principles to intermediate development: 

PHOTOGRAPHY 101

Automatic to Manual Mode: The 3 Things You Need to Know

https://skl.sh/2lJnicN

Amateur to Freelance: How to Develop a Portfolio

https://skl.sh/2nTysQX

LENSES 101

Lens Choice: A Beginner's Guide

https://skl.sh/2JRMiuw

Lenses 101: Shooting with Primes

http://skl.sh/2lqKI6F

Lenses 101: Creativity with Vintage Lenses & DIY Filters

https://skl.sh/2sDSnEV

NEXT STEPS

Lens Filters: Pushing Your Still Images

https://skl.sh/2HTUJYZ

Advanced Lens Choice: Editing In-Camera

https://skl.sh/2EeCOuR

For more of my work, you can check out my instagram or website.

www.instagram.com/indejones

www.indeanaunderhill.com

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Indeana Underhill

Lifestyle & Travel Photographer

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Indeana is originally a Canadian photographer that now finds herself constantly on the move. 28 countries & counting- she is always trying to capture the identity of each country. Her classes aim to explore the principles of photography and what comes next.

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www.indeanaunderhill.com

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1. Introduction: Okay. Hi, My name's Indiana and I'm a lifestyle and travel photographer as to date of bent over 23 countries, and I'm trying to get to number 30 by the end of the year. First, they started out without the photography component, but after a while being influenced by the culture and the people on the experiences, you just have to remember it by taking photos and getting your own vision out there. It's a fun thing to do. So whether an amateur photographer and just looking for some family vacation photos and you're going away soon or whether you are trying to get into trouble photography, it's important to know what to pack. You never know what situation you're gonna find yourself, and when traveling, it might be hot. It might be too cold that your camera shuts off or it over heats. You might be in small scenarios where you can't bring out your camera, so you want to take photos with your phone in this class. I want to guide you through my packing process. So what do we pack? How do we pack it? How do we carry it? And what accessories do we need to be efficient. I hate over packing, and I hate hearing a ton of weight, so it's important that we narrow it down and look at exactly what we need to shoot and how we're gonna shoot it. So I hope you'll join me in this class traveling photographer, where, after you'll be able to capture any moment, wherever in the world you are, thanks. 2. Getting Started: laying out your limitations and goals as a starter is a great foundation in order to decide on what you need to pack and what maybe you can just leave behind. There are few questions you might wanna ask yourself about the place you're going and your purpose there he's, will establish a great foundation for the limitations you have on your trip and also what your goals are. What you wanna learn on the trip. One of the most important questions you should ask yourself on any shoes or wherever you're going, even if it doesn't have to do with photography is what I want to learn, what I want to come back with. Yeah, of course, you're gonna come back with great photos, but what do I want to learn? Well, in there? Do I want to learn about the culture? Do I want to learn about the people and my trying to do so exhilarating things? My lounging on the beach and then you want to ask yourself after what is it in photography , I want to push myself through, or what I would learn. Get out of it. A lot of the time we're just taking a lot of photos, but we're not thinking about what goes into it. Sometimes it's important to be aware of what you're going there for. Of course, we have a purpose, and of course we're excited to go. But if we can, how can we push ourselves to the next level? How can we learn something new? Is there anything specific to the place you're going? That you couldn't find it home that maybe you can push yourself creatively with? There's always that need pile that has to start. How do we know what we need? What are the must haves? And one of the final logistics questions you should ask is, How long do I have there asking yourselves Those questions are really gonna lay a groundwork and foundation for the need. A pile that you have tohave with you at all times makes you start thinking about what's important. And it also gets you thinking about what? Can I not leave my house without so going to the first point? Weather isn't extremes. If it's really hot, your camera might overheat. So maybe you want to bring something to keep it in while you're traveling, so that it doesn't overheat in direct sunlight. If it's really cold, your batteries might die quickly. And your camera might shut off. When I was in Iceland, we were hiking and it was the middle of winter and it was freezing and we were trying to find the hot springs. So we had to go mountain over mountain over mountain. And I wanted to get some great photos. Of course. About 30 minutes into her hike, my camera shut off. The battery was fully charged, and it just died. I'd only brought two additional batteries with me. And so what I did inside because I knew they were all going to die is I brought out my phone and captain warm close to my body on the inside pocket, and I just had to make that compromise and shoot with my foot. So if you're not prepared in certain situations, it could be a disadvantage. But also be prepared to have a backup look at the weather before you go. And is your camera body weatherproof? Is it gonna hold up in the rain? Is it gonna hold up in the humidity with your sensor? It's important to be aware of these factors, So you know the limitations of the gear you're bringing. It's important to take great photos, but it's also important that you have this here for a long time because getting into photography's really expensive and you add to your gear over the years. And so you don't want to go on one trip where your camera body can't function in that environment, and then you're not getting the longevity you want out of it. So looking at the purpose for your trip, there are three categories. Is it vacation? It's just a general education that you want to capture the moments and you don't know what to pack. Is it that you're just going for the experience and you really want to photograph nature, people or culture experience? But you know, you're gonna be there for a creative and artistic purpose, and you don't know what to pack or is it for work? Are we unfortunately not aware of what we're shooting? Yes, and so we don't have a shot list Orrin shoot schedule, so we're just gonna be we're just gonna have to be prepared for any kind of obstacle that comes our way. So we want to know what our purposes before we're going, lenses will begin. Teoh kind of establish what vision you're going after and how why the spectrum is for what you're going to be shooting, providing for a family vacation and you're an amateur photographer. You might only have two kit lenses that came with your camera, and that's perfect because then when you're on a family vacation, you might want to quickly just zoom in and zoom so that one lens might be just perfect. When we get into the culture mode where we're shooting for culture and people in experience , we want to be all over the place. Event. It's important for me. At the very least, have one prime and 10 primes more for portrait and zoom, or for those moments that my cameras on. And I just have to be ready in case I need to photograph food and then all of sudden a person and then all of a sudden, a y for landscape so it could happen at any point for the work side of things. It's important as well to carry that over and then add one or two. So maybe you have a two prize and to zooms because we know zooms have a higher F stop to begin with. It's important that maybe we have to zooms. Instead, we have a wider zoom, like a 17 to 40 and then maybe we have a 72 200. This purpose question really helps you think about what lenses you might need to capture the activities or the experience of the culture of the people or the purpose you have there . How do we get a creative vision through our work and what lenses will help us get there? Whatever you trying to learn on this trip, is it solely to document your experiences with your friends or family and the place you went? Or does it have another meaning for you? And you want to go into the food, photography or landscape or solely portrait's of people that you're meeting there two ways to look at it, the general to specific or the specific to general? Do I have a specific purpose there? So I'm only taking portrait of the people of this town, and then I could go general by having one zoom lens that will allow us to capture the experiences in the landscapes of the wives? Or do I want to start general because I'm on a family vacation and there's a lot going on and I want to be prepared It all points and then there's a specific goal that I discover while I'm there, but I need tohave accessible to me. You always want to make sure you have this much opportunity when you're traveling, because if you're limited, you're gonna probably regret it later on. Maybe it's not even the genre of photography that you wanna be creative with and learn. Perhaps it's actually a new function in your camera or a new lens you got or something to do with your actual gear. When I went to Salzburg, Austria, for a weekend, I wanted to actually try out a different type of photography. Up until that point, I had been shooting a lot with shallot up the field and primes, and for this I want to shoot with wider zooms. So I brought me 17 to 40 lens, and I and I told myself, I only want to shoot with my 17 to 40. I'm gonna limit myself in that regard. So how accessible and how opportunistic and creative can I get with that one lens? So I played around with it and I was shooting between a 17 and 35 mostly taking 35 millimeter portrait's and getting landscapes around 24. And I also tried to shoot at an aperture of F or higher. This would allow me to get different lens players because instead of glare, impure sunlight, you're actually getting the aperture blades so it looks like a five or eight point star. So that for me was a creative process because I got to try the other end of the spectrum and kind of get out of my comfort zone. So this is a really great question to ask yourself, because maybe you didn't think about it before. You were just like I need to pack. They need to get ready. I need to photograph things, and I kind of document this. I'm not missing anything, but now we haven't added component to it, which is grounding us on top of that foundation. A great document. Three for fun that you could watch is the Five Obstructions work to very famous filmmakers . One documentary and one fiction come together and they set limitations for how they're going to create films. So whether that's my frame rage or whether that's by how its shot or what the rule is there limited by that creative aspect in making a film. So how do you take something when you make your own limitation on purpose for creative reasons and create something from and be productive and progressive and learning new skill that you can apply from now on? A side question you might want to ask yourself is, How long am I there? If it's an extended amount of time, will you be able to transfer footage that will get you starting to think about how many batteries you'll need, how much storage you require and memory cards can't transfer footage. If you can Do you need an external hard drive? Do you need your computer there? I've had What is it that you're gonna need in order to be able to capture a lot if you're there for a long time through there for a short time, you probably have a more accessible approach because you're able to captured on one or two memory cards, but it's something you should start thinking about for the store inside. So with these questions, we've laid the foundation and the groundwork, and we've already started thinking about what lenses and gear and grip equipment and how we're gonna carry it. We've touched on it a bit, and we've already decided I might need that for sure. Or it might have to have that. So we've established a need pile or a must have that we have to bring. So what's important now is for us to refine it and see if we have a room for any of the extras. 3. What to Pack: important thing to God. First for me are the lenses. That's what's gonna keep it either general or very specific, or set your own limitations or actually have none. So it's important to know what lenses you're gonna be bringing, and they'll probably take up the most spaces. Like I said before, sometimes you might just need one. And that could be a zoom lens if you don't know their resumes and primes, Zooms obviously have a focal length that changes so it can go from white to telephoto Oregon. Stick within a wide range or can be solely telephoto. So it's important to actually look at what lenses you already have. And perhaps you only have a zoom lens because it came with the camera, and that's perfectly fine to use. It'll easily allow you to go from one end of the spectrum to the other. So whether you have an 18 to 1 35 in 18 to 55 or something like a 17 40 or 72 200 or even the 24 to 105 there are a lot of the kind of standards it's important to look at what you're gonna be shooting again. Go back to that purpose the way you find, obviously, the zoom lenses. What the focal lengths are are on the sides of the lenses. So it will say on the barrel on the ring here 72 200 for instance. Or here I have the 17 to 40. So the 72 200 the 17 to 40 are really my go twos for my zoom lenses. I did use to have the 24 to 1 of five, but for traveling, it's really heavy. So the 72 200 for me and that 17 to 40 really individually are better lenses for me, and they're lighter to carry around. The 7200 really covers that telephoto and portrait side of things, and the 17 to 40 allows me to get in small spaces when I'm traveling like like the indoors or when we're outdoors shooting landscape. Glasman get that wider perspective of things. So I feel like I'm covered on either end because my primes sit right in the middle of that . My favorite prime to go to at the moment and kind of has always been my favorite go to is the 50 millimeter lens. Anyone starting a photography? I always tell them, by the 50 millimeter, 1.8 lens, it's less than $100. And that's what I started with. And it's my absolute favorite lens. It's definitely my go to. This one is the 14 instead of the 18 so it's a bit more expensive, but it's still unaffordable lens that has lasted me five years less far, and I've brought it everywhere with me now as well as this 50 millimeter. I recently purchased the Helios for four to which is a vintage lands, and it's the 58 millimeter. It produces this beautiful effect of swirly. Okay, and you'll see that in my intro video Behind me and for $15 I bring it with me, and it's kind of a special effect kind of lens. In addition to that, I also have my 100 millimeter lens. Now this is my macro lens, which I used to shoot flower photography with two retouching photo shop. And so I bought this lens, knowing that I kind of wanted to get into Matt Grow. I wanted to see what was happening and the 100 mil even for portrait is absolutely stunning as well. The fall off is fantastic. The color profile this lends is incredible and the look of it. So this is a great macro lens and a swell. I have my 14 millimeter wide angle, which is great for time lapse. So we have to go back to that idea of purpose. What are we packing these lenses? Four. They have to have a purpose in our heads. We can't just bring everything with us cause it's expensive if we lose it and it's a lot to carry. So if I were planning a trip, it would be probably my 50 millimeter, my 58 and possibly if I specifically going for time lapse or Astro photography. Maybe my 14 millimeter, but most the time. I have to leave my 100 behind because it's very specific and it is close focus. But because such a long lens it's hard. Teoh really know what scenario I'm gonna get myself into with that when I'm traveling and have to shoot a lot of things, they're really happening up close, so normally only pack two primes and to zooms, and that really covers me. The reason I packed two primes is because the 58 mill is more of a special effects lens than anything out. So for those special moments now, I do have one fun, creative lens, and that is the lens baby spark, and it acts like an accordion here. So you're able Teoh Selective focus on certain objects by either pulling away from you or pulling in on either side to the front, the back to the right, to the left. So it's an interesting once again creative blends. It doesn't have amateur. It's pretty much just a piece of plastic with some glass in it. But it's pretty cool. So right now I have four lenses that I'm gonna bring and dependent on the trip, maybe from doing Astro Photography five. Because they'll include that 14 millimeter rocking on. But we have to always think again purpose. It has to have a purpose in our bet. I know that 50 is gonna cover me everywhere. Portrait, landscape, architecture, food. I know it's really gonna cover that and has a nice spoke a of, you know, 14 So normally I should to eight and go lower than that. But I know what I'm gonna be using that lens for, and it's kind of my failsafe thief. 58 millimeter lens, obviously is for those special special moments where I have time to manually focus on it because it does take a while on it's quite loose. But when I get it right, I know I love those photographs. And then we have a resume 72 200 for that longer telephoto, assuming in a landscapes the 70 to 85 more of a portrait, sometimes 1 35 for the portrait and 17 to 40 which will allow me to get in the small spaces and really exaggerate that moment and see what it looks like up close and personal. So it's important that we're thinking about these things before we go on the trip. If you only have that one lens that zoom with that came with your camera, absolutely fantastic. Use it because it's not just about our lenses. It's always about the person behind the camera. So don't fret if I'm talking about four or five different lenses and you only have that one because that one will do the job. It's important to know what your vision is and know how your equipment is gonna get you there no matter what, you have so packed that zoom. Or if you do have multiple lenses, think about. I started thinking about what that means for your portfolio on this trip, because it's important A that we don't bring too much and be that we want those lenses there in time for that moment happen so we can capture it. So we want to make sure we're bringing the right lenses. Also, take this trip to realize what you might be missing if you were using more of that wider spectrum or that telephone a long lens spectrum, then it's important to note that down and think about okay, if I can afford it. What lens is my must on that list for the next time I go on a trip. If you haven't 18 to 1 35 you're working with a wide spectrum to begin with. So if you find yourself more in that 18 to 35 range or you're finding yourself on an 85 or 50 more than look at what that lens is doing for you and maybe you want to purchase a prime for that focal length. If we love shooting on a 50 you feel comfortable shooting on a 50 moving close your subject and knowing your distance and how that relationship is gonna work and being able to get up close and personal but still being able to get that wide, then it's probably perfect for you to invest in a prime because not only will that test your own limitations, but it will push you further for that next trip. So I recently went through an obsession with Amazon sales for Polaroid filters, which are the best quality filters. But they were all creative filters. So whether it was three or five point stars or Diop tres or some tinting, they were all on sale. And so I decided to get them, and some now have four packs of six filters from Polaroid. And so they're great, but you have to decide on okay, I want to be creative, but that's pretty excessive. So this is again when we want to go back to those questions. What's our purpose? And what a reshooting, because that will help us determine again how to narrow down filters or accessories. That's what you're gonna bring. So for me, I probably bring one of these. This is my guy after filter set. So if labels. But I would probably clear these out and instead put in something like a neutral density filter from doing time lapses or long exposure, it also probably put in a polarizing filter and maybe something like a warming filter. It's completely dependent once again on the purpose of what you're shooting. So now that I know what filters I'm bringing, I can put everything back on the shelf. And now look at kind of the logistics once again. How long are you going to be away for? You have access to storage and transfer media? How Maney memory cards do we need? How many batteries do I need? How many chargers do I need? It's all something you want to ask yourself, So when you're planning, you've actually done it correctly. So it's not when you get there, you don't have batteries or enough memory cards of the memory cards. You got our full and you didn't trance for it. So it's important that we begin to look at accessories with accessories. Yes, you want ask yourself those questions for the purpose of what you're shooting. Part of things. But you also want to ask yourself, How much time do I have to recharge batteries if I can't transfer footage, How many memory cards and how much data do I actually need? So you want to get into the technical and logistics apartment when it comes to memory cards . When I'm traveling, um, normally trying hike and go at side of cities in addition to kind of traveling around as a tourist. And so I always bring one of these with me. I got in on Amazon for $10.7 bucks, and it allows you to put CF cards and SD cards in a waterproof, tight case. So if you're traveling with a backpack that isn't waterproof or water resistant, and your memory cards get wet with great footage on them, it's important instead to put them in something like this. It's not heavy, and it can fit eight SD hearts and four CF cards, so it's the perfect thing to have with you as a fail safe. It's important for me to have good memory cards when I'm traveling because there's ends up to by with rotten sale, and I also don't want to lose any footage or any photos. So the brand I go to when selecting memory cards, whether they be CF or SD cards are the elects are professional 10 66 times. And that's because the right speed is really fast. And I also have never had an issue, and the warranty on them is fabulous. Whenever you're looking for a memory card on the SD cards, you want to get a Class 10. Those were gonna be the best right speeds and the best for copying your footage, transferring it and writing right to it so you won't have a crap out on you. The minimum I will ever have on a STD or CF card is 32 gigabytes, and that's because now was shooting with raw and shooting footage at the same time. Still, it's important to know that when you're out, if you were brought those one or two memory cards, then you'll be ableto have a day's worth of shooting. No problem. I don't personally recommend traveling with anything like a 120 gig or above, and that's because, for whatever reason, it doesn't work or gets fried or frozen water. Then you'll lose all that footage and you have something like a 32 or 64 gig card, and you have more of thm in this little pack here. It means that you can transfer them out so that you're never worried about losing every single thing from your trip. It also allows you to switch up memory cards so that if you don't have time to transfer it that night at the hotel the next day, you can go out with a fresh memory card. Okay, so we have the creative from our filters, camera, body and lenses. And now we have the logistical technical side, which are the batteries and the memory cards. So now we're gonna be looking at two things. What we're carrying everything in. And if we actually need any additional gear like handheld rigs, tripods, mono pods or anything in that regard that might be a bit bigger and heavier. That might be an afterthought if you're going somewhere specific to shoot time. Lapse is, it's probably pretty important to have a tripod on you for shooting an event. You maybe want a mono Papa stabilize it for shooting documentary, maybe one hand towels. It's important to think about in addition to everything. Do you need anything in the larger scale from movement if you're shooting video or for movement of the time lapse? For still, these are the questions you always want to be asking. Okay, now it's the decision of how am I gonna pack everything and get everything together? Hopefully, you've been able to narrow down to the need pile, and maybe you have at the end a bit of room where you can slide. Something's in there, but it's important to know what's mandatory for all of the variables that you may come across. So there are three different bags that I normally will have to choose between. If it's professional and corporate and I'm not doing much video, I will choose my It's an automatic. I hope I'm pronouncing right on a bag. O N A. I saw this with a wedding photographer once she was using it, and it's just a fantastic leather on the inside. Assault hadn't. So you flip this open and then you have a laptop, you have a laptop slot and you have room for pretty much anything. You can take out thes Velcro pieces and attach them to the size of your lenses and camera body so you could probably fit four lenses in there, or three lenses and camera, body or two lenses in a bigger camera body. And then at the front. There's two pockets here, and then there's two smaller ones on the side. So this allows me to go into a corporate environment and not only look like I have a good bag that's professional and holds up Teoh, hopefully my work, but also it allows me to be versatile and carry a lot with me. The second, more rugged travel option, which I always lean towards, is my low pro back Locos. Fantastic. They write warranties, but they also have a wide range of bags on there, always new ones coming out that I want to get that this is held up so well over the past five years through about 20 countries that, uh, hang onto it. So this is my massive low pro bag, absolutely massive with me, but it allows me to travel overseas and become free because it has massive straps that distribute the weight and are just full, of course. And it's also and yes, it's massive. Also has hidden pockets now low prose really good at this because they always find a way to put pockets in or have your attached to it, or little pockets for pens and little accessories. So it's great, and this all of their straps are really adjustable, So it has way straps here to take the weight off your hips. It has shoulder straps. It's two different adjustments from the bottom in the top, and it also has a padded back. So it's great for traveling around with on planes or if you're actually climbing or hiking on, the only thing I want in my bag that I don't have is a place to put your tribe. So this has been a really great bag for me. It's starting to look beaten up on a kind of love it for that reason, but there are so many pockets we have a side pocket for I pad or laptop or notebooks or books. We also have a front pocket here to just shove some stuff in that's easily accessible. We have a sunglass pocket as well as little pen pockets. Then we have a front pouch where I put my batteries and smaller things that relate to my camera specifically. So whether that's Alan Keyes or any miscellany, EMS not only inside we have to memory card slots, which are really helpful because the right beside your camera bodies. In addition, we have that adjustable Velcro as well for the pockets. And then we have a slot for your camera body, as well as four slots for your lenses. You could probably fit five, but this is this is a big bag. Sometimes you might want to bring. If you have that one lens in that one camera box, just a little side pouch or side camera bag that you can just fit those two in it will allow you to swing it across. And then, if it's stylish, you could break it out with you. Not have to worry about lugging a big bag, but this is perfect for what I need to begin my travels with. So when I'm on planes as my carry on, or if I'm doing a tough day and I want to bring this out with me because I have to do it because they'll be away for 16 hours. It's, Ah, it's It's a great bag. So getting yourself a camera bag if you have multiple lenses or can't wrap them up in a specific year, bags is important cause once again, photography is expensive. You want to invest in this gear, you want to make sure it lasts a long time, and so to protect it is very important for traveling. The last bag I have here is my go to bag, and I'm not sure why. It's not a camera bag. It is water resistant, but it has a lifetime warranty, and I haven't had to do anything with it. It's perfect. It's my favorite bag and it's my Mountain Equipment Co. $10 magic. And it is, as I said, water resistant has a great patches of friend for all those miscellaneous items than on the inside. It's basic. It just has an open bag. And although this doesn't protect your lenses, I use something in it to protect. And that is thes neoprene sleeves that I got, which actually have little hooks on the The money was on for $5 on the come all together and and they're great for just tucking in your primes or your long resumes and then putting them inside your bag. The reason I love this bed is because it's a great day. Big also have a fun little clock patch to clean my lenses with. But the best part about this is if I'm having a quick day, I'm going into lunges. Chill day, not really going to shoot anything and just want to have my camera with me. This is all I know. I don't need this big bag with me. I want to enjoy my day. I don't wanna have to worry about anything heavy on my back, so I go towards this has adjustable straps as well, and the best part about it is it fits on the bottom of your suitcase, so it's thin. It's light, it doesn't have any structure. And so it's really perfect, and it's all I need for a day back. So if we take into consideration what I've said, I'm gonna pack into one of thes bags. I will take it from the approach that I am going on a cultural trip. It's on a family vacation, but it's a new country I've been to. I'm going overseas, and I want to make sure I have the spectrum open of what I can shoot with. So that means I will ditch the leather bag. I will bring my day bag and tuck it in the bottom from a suitcase and I will start packing the slope. 4. How to Pack: so I just wanted to show you quickly how I make pack some stuff for a upcoming trip. Now I have most things laid out here beside my tripod, which we go in this bag at the bottom. My suitcase and I have some tips as well. With that now, the first thing I would pack is my camera body. So that means removing any lens of catch, getting a body cap, getting a body cap on there. It's important to have that body cap on and not travel with lenses attached, because if you're amounts are a touched to your camera, you might have issues with, um later, because if anything hits it or if it gets crushed in, something thes will warp and they won't be able to fit any more than it can ruin your camera. So don't do that. Grab a body cap, keep it on, and I'm gonna slide that right in the middle. Then I look at my lenses. I have my vintage lens to get creative. I have my what would have been the 17 to 40 but we're shooting with it right now, and then the 50 millimeter. So when I'm talking that will put me to fix crimes on one side. And then because this is supposed to be the 17. 40 I will lie that down here because it's the heavier of the two. So that's everything. The core of it packed. Now we have to look at accessories on the front of this bag. I have the poach that has some netting. I'm gonna put my battery charger here slipping, stacking, Mom, my camera batters. So that's my charging station. Now, I do use this waterproof case so that I can throw it in my day bag. But if you're only bringing one or two memory cards, you can just put them in these little slots here, which will really help on. But I normally bring this. So I have a few options for packing that I need to put it in the front part here for a good fittest actually, in here. So instead I could grab thes outs, slip that in, and then sometimes, if I want to, I will bring an extra little case from, like a headphone case or something, and I will put batteries in here. It's nice and protected, and then put that in the front. Great. So we have our lenses packed our body, our charging station and storage area. If you're bringing a hard drive at this point, I would probably put it in with the camera body because they're quite sensitive. Then I have my little accessories. So I have my Alan Keyes in case anything breaks down or any screws or tripods wherever. And then I also have a flashlight to check my centers, just going on a family vacation. You obviously don't need all this. It's good to have this. You are doing anything else. One of the coaches here over. And then I could also push my flashlight right beside it in the pen pocket. So that's taken care. That I have room for any additional step filters the filters. There's probably room in here because I'm not bringing much to fit on tough of the zoo, so it's good because it's all glass, so it's important. Now. If you want additional protection in here, you can wrap your lenses in the neoprene bags, or you could just put them together and put that in your suitcase or backpack. Or you could even if you have room with top here if you don't want to put your wallet. And so I had an extra one in the bag. Um, sometimes I'll bring to chargers, but for this I think only you need one. So I have that taken care of. Say we put it in here. That's our camera bag packed. Perhaps I want to bring any additional things, and I have room for that site. Allows me room in the back to So put a I had no book book or what? The last thing is, I normally bring a tripod with me because I don't know what I'm gonna be shooting. And sometimes I want to get some time lapses. That's a beautiful location. This is my tripod bag. I'm shooting with the tripod right now. Hence why it isn't in here, but this is my favorite tripod to travel with. It's called the Me Photo Bag May photo bag, and it's by man broader. So it's the man fraud, a tripod. It retails for about $150 it's brilliant. Each leg has just a twist on it, so it's really quick toe unscrewed. Screw back up on the legs. Come together, they have different life, so you can get them in really narrow places, or you can solidify it down if your cameras but heavier it has a portrait and landscape mode. It also allows you to swivel around 90 degrees, and it allows you to adjust the height, and it has a bobble. So I had to recommend that as a travel tripod to start out with its small, its light. And it comes with its own great carrying case, and it's all metal. So it's so This is easy because it's protected and all I have to do is I could sling that across my body if I'm traveling light, or I can put this, tuck it in the bottom of the suitcase and it's all protected. One of the last things I have recently been in love with is bungee quartz. So with bungee cords, I mean, you could get different lengths in different colors. But the beauty of it is that this carrying case, this camera bag doesn't actually have bungee courts for your tripod. So instead, you can't you rig them with bungee cords if your camera bank doesn't have it, so because it's small It's a good size for this bag. I can actually tuck it under this flap and put it together. And then from there I can hook on either side and around the back so that it doesn't fall out one or the other on each side. So that's just a little tip for being accessible with your camera bag and efficient unpacking it. But that is a packed back, and it's not you having. 5. Mobile Travel Photography: something that's also important to take into consideration in addition to your own camera, body and lenses and all that is actually your phone. Is that gonna be your second body? Or, if you already have two bodies, the third body on? Because the cameras on your phones over the years have just been incredibly progressive, and so I actually find myself shooting with my eye from seven as useful. Sometimes it's having a camera body on me. No, I don't get the flexibility of having the different lenses and that creative choice. But my phone I always have on me. So sometimes when it's important to get this shot and I don't have my camera ready and I don't have my camera body set up, then I could just grab and reach for my phone and take us many shots as I want. The benefit of it as well is that if you want to get quick video or slow more hyper lapse, your phone is able to do it with so many APs. So one of the apse I definitely will recommend for actually shooting with is called the moment. Perhaps you're thinking about only bringing your phone with you on vacation, or only bring your phone with you to travel and take photos that way and small videos, then moment lenses might be the perfect thing. What they do is they come with amount that you stick onto your actual phone itself, not your case. And then you screw on or you mount it like you do on a normal camera, the lens and they're all made out of glass and metal. So they're beautiful and they're round and they have a telephoto, a wide, extra wide and a fish, I believe, but they also manufacturer app for their lenses. Now, because the lens is an electronic and it doesn't have aperture, it just gives you a different focal length. You can use the moment app with your regular phone. You don't have to having an additional lenses. So what the great thing about this app is is that you're allowed to focus and expose differently. Normally on the iPhone camera up, you just click, and then it adjusts your brightness, and it assumes that that's what you want to focus. But with the moment app, you can have two different points. You can select where you want to focus and where you want exposed to. So if you want to focus on someone that's in direct sunlight, but you want toe, have exposure for the background, then you can do that, so it gives you a bit more flexibility for video. The same concept is filmic pro, which is great, so it allows you to change your exposure, your Apertura, your frame rate and it plays around with all those principles. It's really hard to decide on what APS you're gonna edit with us. Well, because there's so many great ones. The ones I am always drawn to are the Visco cam and sap seed. SAP seems manufacturer but Google, so it ties into your Google account as well. My workflow uses three APs. Tow it after taking the photo with the with either the iPhone out of the moment out. I then imported into Visco Cam and do my basic adjustments. So exposure white balance tint, contrast, shadows, highlights fade all the components that start out changing your curves, and then I important into snap seed where I do any photo shop replacement or skin healing or anything that award the minor adjustments and then They also have a lot of great looks that you can apply as a final creative decision. Then when you export to that, you can put it into whatever you want. Also, one of the great things is even if you have your camera body with you, your phone allows you to take that moment or that landscape quickly so that you can upload it to social media and update your followers or update your friends or family before you actually later on, get editing your own raw photos on your camera. So mobile photography is incredibly useful these days. When I was in Dubai, I wanted to be extremely touristy, so I went on a desert safari and because I was on the back of a camel, I could no whip out my camera because I didn't want to fall off the camel. So I actually just had my phone with me and I was taking snapshots from that perspective and just getting the overall experience to document it. So that's just a good example of when you're traveling. Sometimes you have to be accessible to the experiences you have 6. Final Thoughts: so in summary, I hope this cost has allowed you to begin thinking about how you might travel lightly. What you need to pack based on what your purpose is. Your limitations, your goals, and beginning to think about who I am is a photographer. And what do I need specific to the trip and journey? I'm taking one of the most important things in the end, though, that you always should remember that I have to remind myself of is the travels and experience. And don't let photography get in the way of you enjoying the moment because that moment is gonna pass. And you want to make sure not only did you capture maybe, but that you yourself were present and that you didn't let your camera come between you and that experience. So although I say, take great photos first when you're traveling, make sure you have that experience to yourself. If you have any questions, feel free to message me personally or contact me below. I always love talking about travel, so even if you want to know where to go or you visit the travel part of my section and your questions about how they took certain photos or what I would recommend. I'm always willing to talk about it. Absolutely love drop. So I hope to see some of your photos, and I hope you have a fantastic vacation or journey.