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What Kind of Photography do You Like to do?

Before you make an investment in new camera equipment, it’s a good thing to know what you plan to do with it.  I know it seems like there’s an obvious answer.  You’re going to take pictures with it…duh!  But, if you look past the obvious, you’ll realize that every time you buy a new piece of equipment, you’re also making an investment in the time it takes to learn how to use it, in the storage space it takes to carry it, and the additional add-ons you’ll need to buy so it works the way you want it to.

So before I buy new photo toys, I try to figure out how the new equipment will fit into my lifestyle.  Will I use it a lot?  Will it make my photography better?  Can I do something similar with the equipment I already have?  I know I have a limited amount of accessible space in my Roadtrek Agile motorhome, so I need to make sure I get the biggest bang for my buck.

But this story isn’t about what I would buy.  It’s about you. So, take a minute and think about the subjects you really like to photograph.  If you’re the type of photographer who only likes to take pictures of one thing, such as birds, or landscapes or your grandkids, you’ve got some easy, though not necessarily cheap, choices to make.  But if you’re the type of photographer, like me and my wife Rochelle, who like to shoot anything and everything, your choices are much more difficult.  Continue reading

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

Protect your camera, and yourself, from the rain

It’s raining here in Sonora today.  Not much of a rain, it’s really more of a sprinkle.  Most of the time you’d pay little attention to a few drops falling on your head.  But when you’re out shooting, that little bit of rain can be a big SONY DSCpain in the, well you know where it hurts, don’t you?  It’s especially annoying if you’re waiting for the perfect shot.  You know the one, when the clouds part and the sunshine blasts through in those gorgeous rays, and maybe you even see a rainbow.  But all of that gorgeousness isn’t going to mean a thing if your camera and lens are sopping wet.  A year or two ago I had a great idea (Hey, a great idea every year or two isn’t bad if you add them all up) and I came up with a cool way to protect myself when I was shooting in the rain.  It’s called a Tribrella, and it’s such a simple idea, you’ll wonder why you never thought of it yourself.

A Tribrella is simply one of those clamp-on umbrellas that attach to your folding camp chair.  Fit it onto your tripod and your camera and you are instantly covered.   How easy is that?  But, you do need to find the right umbrella.    Here are the requirements: 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