Travel Tuesday Tips

If you only learn one new thing from this post, this is it: Don’t buy a new camera or lens on the Thursday before leaving for a week long trek in Africa, Macho Picchu, or Easter Island.

If there is any secret about travel photography it’s using your equipment has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta be prepared. Just as important as knowing your equipment inside and out is what other “stuff” you need to bring along to make sure that the images from the trip are as vivid as your memories.

Caption: (above) I photographed my hotel in Laughlin, Nevada at night. It sits on the river, but the river is only visible on the other side, so I created my own using Flaming Pear Software’s Flood Photoshop-compatible plug-in. Not only did it add “water” the effect also hid all the cars in the parking lot. Image was captured with a Leica D-Lux 2 that was supported by a Pod—more later—placed on top of a trashcan in the parking lot. Exposure was 1/10th of a second at f/3.2 t ISO 400. © 2009 Joe Farace

Travel Photography Check List

  • Don’t forget batteries—lots of batteries—and a charger. There’s no 7-11 in Bau-Bau
  • Pack lots of memory cards.
  • A small umbrella can be invaluable. You know it’s gonna rain.
  • If you have room bring along tripod. If not bring one of The Pod Industry’s Pods.
  • You’ll need a bag to keep it all in
  • And don’t forget the sunscreen!


The beanbag-like (it’s full of plastic beans) Pod easily fits inside a jacket pocket or camera bag. It uses the standard ¼ inch camera-mounting screw and is covered with water-resistant, industrial-grade nylon. It has a non-marking/non-slip base and won’t not scratch or mar surfaces. I’ve been using the Red Pod that weighs 0.75 pounds and measures five inches in diameter and is two inches thick. The smaller Yellow and Blue Pods weigh 0.4 pounds and measure 3.75 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches in width. The Blue Pod is designed for cameras or camcorders with off-center tripod mounts.

Author: Joe Farace

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