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Category Archives: Taking Your Camera on the Road

You are out in the wilderness photographing wildflowers and a deer walks by. Do you have the right equipment to be ready for whatever comes your way? Are you ready for any kind of weather? How do you work around the light when the light isn’t cooperating?

There is a lot more to taking your camera on the road than just packing right. We have advice on what to take with you when you go, specific equipment for nature photography and the right light techniques and equipment to get the dream photographs you want.

We also highly recommend you check out our Planning for the Road articles and the series for the traveling photographer called Know Before You Go.

Exploring Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

Recently, Dave Moyer and I spent a week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, attending conferences and working long hours. On our way out of town, we took a few hours out to visit Granville Island, a favorite touristy hot spot in Vancouver I’ve enjoyed visiting since I was a child. Having been a couple decades […]

New UK Terrorist Threat – Tips For Travelers and Photographers

There is a lot of confusion over the new high threat risk advisory and recent arrests in Britain of terrorists. Let’s look at the specifics. Expect Long Delays and Multiple Security Inspections No matter where you are traveling, but especially at international hubs, expect double to triple waiting times as you are processed through security. […]

A Good Travel Photograph Makes You Want to Go There

I stumbled across an old Oregonian’s Travel Focus Photography Awards announcement recently. Over 10,000 photographs from all over the world, including Namibia, Peru, Cambodia, and the Antarctic, as well as the United States, are submitted annually. One of the comments made by a judge in the competition caught my attention. “When a travel photo makes […]

Photographer’s Rights

If you are a photographer in the UK, there is now a UK Photographers Rights Document available in PDF form to guide you through the ins and outs of the laws and restrictions of photography in England. The UK Photographers Rights PDF is intended to provide a short UK guide to the main legal restrictions […]

Know Before You Go: Keep Current – Power on the Road

You know, when they predicted that technology would make our life easier, and that wireless would free us from the cords and cables and walls, I cheered. Now that modern technology and wireless is here, I have more wires, cords, plugins, cables, and needs for electrical sockets than ever before! Switching to digital cameras only […]

Know Before You Go: Store Digital Photographs on the Go

Today’s traveling photographer who has embraced the world of digital technology doesn’t need to worry about film going through airport security scanners or expiring. All they have to worry about is storage space. That’s right, storage space. Once limited to 36-38 photographs on a roll of film, digital photographers can now take hundreds of pictures […]

Know Before You Go: Health Shots, Travelers Medical and Travel Insurance

The US and many countries require or recommend specific immunizations before traveling to or from specific areas. You can find information for the US’s policies for the US State Department, the UK Government, and in Canada’s Medical Services. Some countries require an International Health Certificate verifying your immunizations and health, available from your doctor. For […]

Know Before You Go: Is It Safe?

As part of our ongoing series on “Know Before You Go” in our Taking Your Camera on the Road category, we answer the question most travelers are asking today. Is it safe? Living in Israel, we are faced with this question from outsiders almost daily. After four years living in Israel, we can say that […]

Know Before You Go: Staying in Touch While Traveling

Wandering around waiting for the war to start, and then end, it was critical for us to stay in touch with friends, families, and co-workers. It was also critical for us to get access to the news media to find out what was going on. Our shortwave radio helped, once we were able to locate […]

Know Before You Go: Myth – Airport Security X-rays Won’t Hurt Film

Walk up to the airport security gate at the airport, take out your film and the dude in a wrinkled uniform tells you to put the film through the x-ray. You tell him you don’t want to, but he insists. “What speed is the film?” He informs you that x-rays won’t hurt film unless it […]

Know Before You Go: Airport Security and Traveling Photographers

As I write this, we are planning for another of our frequent excursions out of our comfort zone (home on the road) to a foreign place where we don’t speak the language, have little clue on what we will find when we get there (tour books are only “so” helpful), and have prayers and hope […]

Know Before You Go: Research and Planning

We’ve been living on the road full-time, in some fashion or another, since 1996. The first four years were spent living in a trailer, pulled by our truck, cris-crossing North America, photographing nature as we found it. The last few years have been in Israel, traveling outside the country every three months to explore Europe. […]

Know Before You Go

In a few days we will be starting a series called Know Before You Go. It will tackle the things you need to know before you go on your next big traveling adventure, or if you are a regular traveler. We’re offering tons of information packed with the things you need to know before you […]

Open Your Aperture

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness – all foes to real understanding. Likewise, tolerance or broad, wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.~ Mark Twain When you think of Alaska, don’t you imagine it as the last refuge […]

Wireless Internet – Wired US Cities

The dream of living and taking your camera on the road is exciting. We’ve been doing it for ten years now, and we had to admit, it can be very exciting. It can also be boring, but the biggest challenge for living on the road is staying in touch. When we began, cell phones were […]