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 →
Charley, our new Roadtrek Motorhome, is officially named the Agile SS, with the SS standing for Short Sprinter. It’s about 19 1/2 feet long (more like 20 1/2 with the continental kit on the back), six feet wide and nearly 10 feet tall from the ground to the top of the air conditioner. Charley started out life as a Mercedes Sprinter Van, with a nice turbo-diesel engine that gets nearly 20 miles per gallon. The folks up in Canada at the Roadtrek plant modified the van and added loads of standard features, including a power sofa that converts to a bed, a small, but usable bathroom with shower and a pretty complete kitchen. There’s all of the standard motorhome features as well, like a built-in generator, water heater, television, inverter, etc.
The selling factor for us wasn’t really how much Charley resembles a larger motorhome, but how much Charely reminds us of a car. We can drive it like a car. Park it like a car. Store it like a car (well, it doesn’t fit in the garage, but that’s another story.) For photographers, it’s the perfect combination. We can sleep in it. Eat it in. Shower in it. And we can also make those unplanned quick-stops at the side of the road when we see a photo opportunity. We can also easily park it at events, street fairs and other busy tourist spots. Continue reading →