Tribella

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