It’s Travel Tuesday…Again

Just in case your momma didn’t already tell you, be sure to pack comfy shoes, a hat, and depending on the climate, some sunscreen. Also important is comfortable underwear. I’m personally unable recommend anything for female photographers but Ex Officio’s Give-N-Go men’s underwear can’t be beat for comfort during a long airline trip and the company has many items for women as well. To keep dry, you should pack a small umbrella that’s big enough to fit in your camera bag but another good idea as is to have a rain hat for your camera. These are available free in most hotel rooms and for some reason they are labeled “shower cap” but nevertheless will provide extra protection for your camera when the going gets wet. Some hotels even provide nice little boxes for the caps, so I usually put one in my camera bag to “be prepared” for those soggy days.

Last week, I talked about memory cards. The other side of image capture is on-the-go storage. Here you have some alternatives: You can copy images to your laptop computer’s hard drive then back them up to CD or DVD for safety. Tip: One of the problems with most laptops is they usually have relatively small hard drives, so I usually travel with one of Western Digital’s My Passport portable drives and download each day’s take onto it. That minimizes the whole “lost card” syndrome.

These drives are designed for Mac OS (WD makes similar drives for Windows users) weigh five ounces, and are available in three different models with different features and capacities that vary from 250GB to 1TB. The WD drives can store thousands of photos or video clips and the My Passport Studio drive that I use has a Capacity Gauge that lets me easily see how much space is available. Depending on the model, My Passport drive’s interfaces include FireWire 800, 400 and hub-USB 2.0 eliminating the need for an external power source. When I get back home, I plug the My Passport Studio drive into my Mac Pro’s front panel and copy the files onto its 2.5TB of storage. Because I am a “belt and suspenders kind of guy”—I learned it from my Dad—I’ll also burn a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc of all the images from the trip that to be kept in cold storage. Just in case…

Author: Joe Farace

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