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So You Want a New Camera?

I don’t know many RV travelers who purchased a motorhome just to park it in the driveway.  Nope, the main reason to get a motorhome is to go out and travel – to visit beautiful places, enjoy the scenery and to pack in as many unique and exciting experiences as possible.  And the best way to remember all of your travels is with a camera.   But what’s the best camera to have when you’re travelling in a motorhome?  Well, that depends on how much time, money and space you’re willing to devote to your new hobby.  So, to help you make up your mind, I’m going to tell you about all of the types of cameras available today.

For all of us who didn’t get a new camera for Christmas this year, there’s no need to fret.  Most of the big camera manufactures don’t come out with their latest, wiz-bang technology until the first of the year anyway.  And if the early rumors are correct, 2014 looks like the wiz-bangiest year for camera technology yet.

But before you start pouring over product announcements, reviews and specifications, it’s a good idea to narrow down your wants and desires so you end up buying the camera that best suits your needs.  And to do that, you need to know a little bit about the types of cameras that are available. Continue reading

How to Store Your Camera Gear on the Road

Last week I wrote a post titled “Digital Photography Packing List”.  You might have looked at it and said to yourself, “That’s nice, but how in the heck do I fit all of that into my itty-bitty Class B?”  I have to admit, it’s not easy.  And if you don’t do it right, you can end up with thousands of dollars of camera gear spread out all over your floor.  Trust me, this can happen.  The first time we went out in the Roadtrek, I hit an unexpected speed bump and we had cameras flying everywhere.   Boy, did I feel like an idiot.

So, to make sure that never happens again, I came up with a plan.  And like any good plan, it relies on a lot of redundancy. IMG_1412

So, first of all, you need to figure out what photo gear you want to bring.  That’s easy for us because we always bring it all.  If you can do with less, by all means do it. Continue reading

Digital Photography Packing List

Whenever Rochelle and I hit the road on a photography-based trip (which is nearly every time we step out of the house) we try to figure out what photo gear we might need to bring along with us.  Unfortunately, the answer is the same, every single time — Bring Everything!   I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I left a lens at home and found out I really needed it.  Or that spare camera body.  Or maybe a special filter.  The thing is, you just don’t know what you’re going to find when you’re searching for photographs.  You may think you’re going to get a great sunset at the beach, but you end up wanting to shoot the pelicans as they fly over your head.  Photography is a lot of things, but one thing it isn’t is predictable.  So, here’s a list of what Rochelle and I bring along on the road.  How we stuff it all in the van and still have room for food and clothes is another story. Continue reading