Traveling with your DSLR is not easy. Robust, large body, lenses, flash and accessories have never been comfortable in transport – once you accept the fact that even if you manage to efficiently pack, there will be a small package size. But let's see how you can reduce the amount of equipment, and at the same time get everything you need. It should also be wary of some customs – and cultural, and legal. The most popular will be quoted in the text.After all, remember that vacation is a vacation. First of all, you have to take pictures and basically it depends only on you, so if any of the ideas listed below will fall not to your liking, it failed executives then not put the blame on us. 😉
What to pack
If you travel by car, the matter is simple. Buy a good bag, with appropriate and soft padding. Well, if it is waterproof or at least equipped with a special cape raincoat.'s Not worth the bag or backpack to save, but because they move in equipment worth several thousand dollars. It is better to once spend a few hundred, rather than later crying over milk and poured job where there were lenses.Are you flying? It changes things. With a rather modest set, photo best to pack in carry-on luggage. You'll always be with you, I answer for it, and certainly no one would throw the rest of the bags of clothes. You just have to pay attention to the dimensions and permissible weight of such packages, which often varies depending on the selected airline. Believe me, you do not want surprises at five minutes before departure. No one wants to. not being able to hide all the necessary equipment to relatively small bag, must be a solid guarantee, and sometimes even extreme. The market is such aluminum gig bags that offer hundred percent safety, even the most expensive optics. A cheaper alternative is simple, large (necessarily brand!) Bag on wheels. Personally, I have the greatest confidence in the Lowepro, but it does cool stuff Crumpler. A little cheaper manufacturer is Naneu, but there already have to choose more carefully. We also recommend Think Tank, even though it cost a row Lowepro shelf. For those who prefer a more "natural" design, an interesting proposal will be branded accessories National Geographic – their distinctive style liked by many photographers. Sometimes it is worth considering taking out insurance, not just from theft, but also from ordinary physical destruction. It is very problematic that both in Poland and abroad, it is difficult to get a good deal (premiums is often frightening).
What to pack and what to watch
First of all – do not take more than you need. You may be of the opinion that everything will be useful, but usually this is not true. I once had the opportunity to go to Liverpool just to do the typical "street" photos – then I was very tempted to bring a telephoto lens of the 300/4 (heavy, large and cumbersome). I did not take. I did not regret. I had no use for him. I can not imagine it, and would effectively traipse here and there with extra pounds in your backpack. It should also consider packing it in place of the two zooms four glasses primes. Sure, get yourself your favorite 24/1.8, but do you really need a 50s and 85-threads? Is not it better to put the versatility and, therefore, a lot less weight? An absolute must is a cleaning kit. You do not know what awaits you on the spot. Not sure whether you'll find a camera shop with appropriate accessories – brush, a blower with a microfibre cloth. It weighs just a little more secure and longer at home.Do not forget the charger, but watch out for the number of spare batteries. Some airlines limit the amount of lithium that can be carried on board the aircraft. For example, the American TSA can take only about two batteries – together – as a particularly large amount of it is not. Of course, the controls in this respect are very rare and not at all airports, but … But they can always be made, and then you will have those few golden throw in the trash. You get a lot for a memory card. They are lightweight, durable, waterproof and shockproof. Think of a modest SLR Camera underwater housing, even so, you can do his own resources at home. Wet equipment is often broken equipment. It is equipped with a large amount of gel krzemikowego, those distinctive bags shoeboxes. They are called properties. hydroscopic, which absorb moisture. It's a simple, yet very effective way to ensure the safety of your cameras and optics. If you are, for example, a glacier, remember the most important principle related to the battery. You need to keep a spare battery on the body, giving it a warm environment, respectively.
Theft … and right
Take the night train, it is – despite appearances – the camera onto smth a large and heavy bag, protecting it further alarm. For several gold find right tool that will emit an audible sound when only one part is detached from the other. The camera bag – the cache – reload clothes. Thief intuitively take to be smaller package, because it is a huge Valise and harder to run, and harder to hide. It is difficult for rigid and universal rules, but this approach has never failed me. A similar, simple alarm, it is used in the hotel rooms and motel rooms. Best equipment always with you, but if you leave the camera on the spot – to secure it. You never know if someone just does not have access to your room. Another issue is the place where – in theory – you can not shoot. Polish law, all in all, do not prohibit images. Prohibited certain publish, but when it comes to actually recording the same – you can afford to walk around even with a video camera and record every step you take. But there are some limitations.
It is most important: a world of difference between the right to photograph, and the right to publish the pictures taken
Shooting in a museum, for example, you can not be prohibited. Employees may, however, ask you to not use flash, because the flash actually doing a strong negative impact on the furniture. As for other institutions or shops – the decision (in Poland), it really depends on you, if you do not have to deal with military construction, some government agencies and other sites of similar meaning. The main thing is common sense, but one thing is certain – no bodyguard any commercial facility has the right to require you to delete the photos. And even as you erase on impulse, then recover them myself appropriate program . In other countries often have different rules. Closely in the United States, the ban on photographing military facilities and those that may have strategic importance. Some time ago I created a report which focuses on how many innocent photographers were suspected of acting contrary to U.S. law. One even – Michael Galindo, the National Weather Service – visited by the FBI a few days after his documentary photographs weather. These are obviously extreme cases, but I write about them on purpose. As a warning. It is worth to look at the laws and regulations of the country you intend to perpetuate the cultural heritage.