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The Best Photography Equipment for Traveling

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Are you taking your photography hobby or gig on the road for the first time? Whether for business or pleasure, a traveling photographer needs the right equipment. Traveling often means you have limited space and weight requirements, which will have an affect on what photography equipment you can bring along. 

When you’re packing for your trip, consider including the following travel photography gear. 

Lightweight Camera

Do you have a favorite camera you use for your photo shoots? How heavy is it? Having a camera that isn’t too heavy for traveling is important. A heavy camera will be a pain to lug around, and it will add unnecessary weight to your luggage if you’re flying. Consider packing a lightweight camera that is versatile enough to fulfill all of your photography needs on your journey. 

Variety of Lenses

Depending on the type of photos you plan to take, you will likely need a few different lenses to capture the images you want. Consider your photography goals during your travels and be sure to include lenses that will allow you to get the shots you desire. Include a long range lens and/or a close range lens depending on your needs. If you’re going to be photographing people, include a portrait lens. To minimize the amount of equipment you’ll be taking along, choose lenses that are versatile enough to handle multiple purposes. 

Tripod 

You may want a lightweight tripod to set up your camera for specific shots. Find one that collapses down to a compact size for your luggage or carry-on bag. 

Computer or Tablet

Besides just the camera and lens equipment you’ll need, you may want to consider bringing a laptop or tablet to edit your photos as you go. You may also want to download your photos to a computer periodically along the way to free up memory on your camera and storage cards. A computer also allows you to immediately post your photos to social media or blogs to keep your followers up to date on your travels. 

Plenty of Memory

You can never have too much memory for photos. Bring plenty of SD cards, thumb drives, external hard drives, or whatever you prefer to use for file storage. You don’t want to miss an amazing photo opportunity due to lack of storage space. 

Backpack Case

If you’re going to be taking your equipment along for your excursions, it helps to have a backpack case that can hold everything you need for a day trip. You’ll have an easier time carrying a backpack down streets, trails, and on multiple forms of transportation. 

Chargers and Batteries 

Make sure you pack all of the chargers you need for every device or piece of equipment you’re bringing. If anything takes batteries, pack extras or rechargeable batteries, especially if you’ll be in a foreign country where typical sizes of batteries may be scarce. Also consider outlet adapters for international travel. 

Lighting Equipment

If you’re going to be setting up photo shoots that need more than natural light, bring lighting equipment with you. This is especially important if you’ll be photographing people or taking portraits. 

Rain Protection

At the very least, make sure your carrying case is waterproof before you head out. In addition, if you don’t want the rain to ruin your shots or damage your camera, get a rainsleeve that allows you to take pictures in wet conditions. 

Lens Cleaning Supplies

On a related note, in case your camera lens gets dirty, you’ll want cleaning supplies such as lens wipes and a microfiber cloth. 

Ask a Professional 

Are you taking your photography hobby or gig on the road for the first time? Whether for business or pleasure, a traveling photographer needs the right equipment. Traveling often means you have limited space and weight requirements, which will have an affect on what photography equipment you can bring along. 

When you’re packing for your trip, consider including the following travel photography gear. 

Lightweight Camera

Do you have a favorite camera you use for your photo shoots? How heavy is it? Having a camera that isn’t too heavy for traveling is important. A heavy camera will be a pain to lug around, and it will add unnecessary weight to your luggage if you’re flying. Consider packing a lightweight camera that is versatile enough to fulfill all of your photography needs on your journey. 

Variety of Lenses

Depending on the type of photos you plan to take, you will likely need a few different lenses to capture the images you want. Consider your photography goals during your travels and be sure to include lenses that will allow you to get the shots you desire. Include a long range lens and/or a close range lens depending on your needs. If you’re going to be photographing people, include a portrait lens. To minimize the amount of equipment you’ll be taking along, choose lenses that are versatile enough to handle multiple purposes. 

Tripod 

You may want a lightweight tripod to set up your camera for specific shots. Find one that collapses down to a compact size for your luggage or carry-on bag. 

Computer or Tablet

Besides just the camera and lens equipment you’ll need, you may want to consider bringing a laptop or tablet to edit your photos as you go. You may also want to download your photos to a computer periodically along the way to free up memory on your camera and storage cards. A computer also allows you to immediately post your photos to social media or blogs to keep your followers up to date on your travels. 

Plenty of Memory

You can never have too much memory for photos. Bring plenty of SD cards, thumb drives, external hard drives, or whatever you prefer to use for file storage. You don’t want to miss an amazing photo opportunity due to lack of storage space. 

Backpack Case

If you’re going to be taking your equipment along for your excursions, it helps to have a backpack case that can hold everything you need for a day trip. You’ll have an easier time carrying a backpack down streets, trails, and on multiple forms of transportation. 

Chargers and Batteries 

Make sure you pack all of the chargers you need for every device or piece of equipment you’re bringing. If anything takes batteries, pack extras or rechargeable batteries, especially if you’ll be in a foreign country where typical sizes of batteries may be scarce. Also consider outlet adapters for international travel. 

Lighting Equipment

If you’re going to be setting up photo shoots that need more than natural light, bring lighting equipment with you. This is especially important if you’ll be photographing people or taking portraits. 

Rain Protection

At the very least, make sure your carrying case is waterproof before you head out. In addition, if you don’t want the rain to ruin your shots or damage your camera, get a rainsleeve that allows you to take pictures in wet conditions. 

Lens Cleaning Supplies

On a related note, in case your camera lens gets dirty, you’ll want cleaning supplies such as lens wipes and a microfiber cloth. 

Ask a Professional 

The above traveling photography equipment is recommended by Dani Weiss, professional photographer in Atlanta, Georgia. Dani has more than 30 years of photography experience and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Her services include family portraits, corporate photography, event photography, and more. Contact Dani Weiss to schedule a photo session today. 

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Best Vacations for the Recently Retired

Work is done and you have little to no responsibilities since you recently retired, so what are your excuses to not travel?

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Work is done and you have little to no responsibilities since you recently retired, so what are your excuses to not travel? It’s time to enjoy your golden years and travel to some fun destinations. If you saved for your retirement, hopefully you put in some sort of travel budget so you can see the world, and stay in amazing hotels like the Marriott. Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and that means a huge influx of retired travelers is set to hit the world’s top destinations. We can’t travel like we used to so let’s explore some excellent vacations for retirees.

Ireland

Who hasn’t dreamed of strolling through the rolling green hills of Ireland? The lush green country is a perfect vacation destination for the retired set. Dublin is a great place to start to see some of the oldest buildings in all of Europe and taste the perfect pint at the Guinness brewery. There is so much to see in Ireland you can really take your time on an extended trip and enjoy everything Ireland has to offer.  The perfect vacation for the recently retired.

Sicily

If Italian food is your favorite or if ancient architecture is your bag, Sicily is for you. Who hasn’t wanted to check out Palermo, the lively capital that boasts spectacular cathedrals and delicious street food? The small island off the coast of Italy’s big toe is the perfect destination for retired folk. The islands slow pace and miles of gorgeous beaches make Sicily a great spot. Many Italian-Americans track their heritage to Sicily and those Baby Boomers can visit their ancient roots.  Retired people will love the vibe of Sicily.

Australia

The flights to Australia will take up to 21 hours so you need to spend some time there to make it worth it. Now you are retired and you have literally nowhere to be, it’s the perfect time to take an extended vacation to the land down under. Australia has something for everyone, with major cities, extreme outback and wonderful beaches. You must see Sydney Harbor, the Great Barrier Reef and a kangaroo. Other than that, explore Australia at your own pace; you have all the time in the world.

U.S. Road Trip

If times what you have, why not take a coast-to-coast road trip across our great country. America has so much diverse landscapes that you can experience so much on a road trip. For a real adventure rent a recreational vehicle and take your time, see all the sites you want and do it in style. An RV can be rented at very affordable prices and offers a unique experience many have never lived. See the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, drive historic Route 66 or make your own route.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Why not take a road trip on the most scenic highway in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway. This picturesque 470-mile drive connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountain national Park in North Carolina. The road follows the peaks of numerous mountains along the way giving off spectacular views and winding through some cute little towns.   There are some seriously cute places to stay along the way and more than enough activities to keep you entertained.

Rocky Mountaineer

Maybe you should let someone else drive so you can soak up all the incredible views along the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train. Enjoy sitting in glass domed train cars so you can see beauty at every angle. There are multiple options available to satisfy any urge. You can get coastal views or strictly mountain routes. You can decide among many options to make the vacation fit exactly what you want.

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Why You Should Visit Hawaii

 I break down each island in the chain and tell you why you should visit each one

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Hawaii is paradise on Earth and one of the most traveled to destinations on the planet, so why all the hype? I break down each island in the chain and tell you why you should visit each one. Check out paradise in each of its unique forms from the laid back vibes of Molokai to the big city by the beach in Oahu’s Honolulu.

 

Oahu

Oahu is home to the largest city in all the Hawaiian Islands and is the most populated. There is a huge military population on Oahu as the Navy has its base, Pearl Harbor. Honolulu is the island’s only “big” city and Waikiki is the party destination if you are into that sort of thing. Not all of Oahu is a party destination, as many parts of the island operate at a much slower pace. Check out the North Shore for bohemian beach towns and world-class surfing.

For some interesting attractions, check out the Polynesian Cultural Center or the sunken remains of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. The beaches are world-class and the resorts are massive.

 

Hawaii (Big Island)

The largest of the Hawaiian Islands by far is Hawaii or “the Big Island.” This massive island features almost every climate in its rich ecosystems. There is often snow on top of the mountain peaks that are surrounded by rainforests and deserts. The big island features a wide variety of terrain and activities. Check out some of the best surfing, snorkeling and hiking the world has to offer. The island is split into two main sides, the leeward side, which is very dry and arid, and the wayward side, which is the wettest region in America.

Make sure you check out Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain, measured from the sea floor up. There are also two active volcanoes to check out where you can see lava flows.

 

Maui

The most all-around island in the chain, Maui has a little bit of everything. Every major resort has a luau and we recommend checking one out for some culture and unlimited mai tais. This island has all the outdoor activities you could ever want with some incredible hiking, surfing and snorkeling. The weather is perfect and the sun is usually shining.   Take a hike to the crater of a volcano at the Haleakala National Park.  

 

Kauai

Known as the garden island, Kauai is easily the most beautiful of the main islands. This is also known as the lovers’ island and the retirement island as most guests are on their honeymoon or well, old. There aren’t too many spots open past 8pm and the island’s nightlife is almost non-existent. There is some of the best hiking and outdoor activities in the world.

Check out the Na Pali Coast, a rocky, 20-mile section of the island that is unreachable by car and where you’ll recognize the beginning of Jurassic Park. Take a helicopter tour of amazing waterfalls and secret beaches galore.

The most impressive feature is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the Waimea Canyon.

 

 

Lanai

The smallest of the Hawaiian Islands that are open to the public, Lanai is mostly owned privately by billionaire Larry Ellison (Oracle). This island used to be a huge pineapple plantation and is now home to two Four Seasons resorts. Golf is god here as two of the best courses in the US are located here.

 

Molokai

The most remote Hawaiian Island is Molokai, which has hardly any infrastructure and has very few visitors each year. The pace is slow here and they only operate on island time. Come here if you want to chill hardcore and not do many touristy activities, as they don’t really exist here.

 

Find which version of paradise you like the most and check it out. Hawaii has a little of something for everyone; you just have to find it.

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Airplane Bathroom Hacks

We talked to some flight attendants who shared with us their awesome airplane bathroom hacks.

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An airplane bathroom may be the worst possible place to do your business but when you are 25,000 feet up in the sky, what are your other options?  They are small, inconvenient and not the most sanitary places, but when nature calls and you have nowhere else to go.

We talked to some flight attendants who shared with us their awesome airplane bathroom hacks. When is the best time to go, what you should bring, how to deal with the smell and when are the worst times to use the airplane restroom. Don’t be stuck thousands of feet in the sky with nowhere to go number 2 because there is a huge line, follow our airplane bathroom guide.

 

When to go

Flight attendants told us that there are two perfect times to use the airplane bathroom with having people lined up outside waiting. First is right after the pilot turns off the seatbelt signs. This window closes fast so be ready. Once the plane takes off, it usually takes about 5 minutes to reach cruising altitude, this is the height that the plane levels off and becomes flatter in the air. This is your opportunity so don’t let it slip away. Be prepared to get up the second the seatbelt sign goes off. You would have about 10 minutes to do your business without people lined up outside.   Flight attendants will be just getting up from their jump seats so you won’t have anyone in the aisles to block your path.

The second perfect window is right before the flight attendants start their drink service. Flight attendants don’t like when people are up during the drink service since the carts take up the entire walkway. Getting up right before their drink service takes some timing and situational awareness. Pay attention to the flight attendants, they should all be in the galley area prepping their drink carts, so this is your chance. Pop up quickly before they have a chance to tell you to sit down. Now you’ll have up to 10 minutes all alone in the bathroom. Also the best time to join the “mile-High Club,” if you know what I mean! Don’t stay more than 10 minutes or a flight attendant may come knock on the door and ruin the moment.

 

What to bring

I always travel with bathroom wipes because we all know how cheap airplane bathroom toilet paper is. Something to read is always a nice touch, but don’t be obvious, we don’t need the whole plane to know what’s going on.

 

Smell?

The smell can get you in trouble, not literally, just embarrassing. The flight attendant we spoke with told us a great hack. She brings a packet of coffee grounds into the lavatory to soak up the odor. Ask the flight attendant; they will happily give you one, because everyone will suffer if not. They will be trapped in the same sardine can as everyone else, so they want a no stink situation too.

 

Times to avoid

Right before landing is a terrible time to go to the bathroom. The flight attendants will be upset and the bathroom can be a little bumpy during landings.

The worst time to go is about 15 minutes after the seatbelt sign is taken away. This gives people time to realize they have to use the restroom so the line can be ridiculous.

 

Good luck and use the airplane restroom at these optimum times.

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