The Traveling Photographer

Unlike traveling with children on the airplane traveling with camera gear is much more easy than even I thought that it would be. Even with the size of my collection of equipment and it’s weight traveling to Oregon for the weekend has been a breeze and I would expect the same on any other travels, no matter the distance. I in fact think that my camera equipment travels better than I do as a six foot plus body really isn’t meant to be in the poorly designed plane seats.

Understanding the rules and regulations of travel with anything is key to traveling well. Pelican and other hard case makers understand the need for professionals of all types to travel with their gear, keep it safe, and arrive with it in hand. To that end Pelican has created a case, with wheels, that is the maximum size that most, and I have to emphasize MOST, airlines will except while traveling. Always check with the airline that you are going to be traveling with to ensure that your method of packing will comply with their regulations. I have linked some regulations pertaining to flying with gear below.

Going anywhere with camera equipment is a balancing game of wants versus needs to capture the experience, if you’re going to the mountains to photograph the tree’s you probably won’t be needing a telephoto lens unless you want just the tops or plan on shooting from one mountain to another. Likewise if you are going out to shoot wild life you won’t need to take your fisheye lens, unless you are out to photograph macro’s of some of the smaller biology in the forest. Take into account anything that could happen where you are going as well, will you be on a boat and will your camera float, or will you be dust storms, sand, or extreme heat. Under each condition your gear will take on different shapes and may have different limitations.

Often as photographers, hobbyist or even professionals at times, we will arrive at a location not knowing what would be best to have along, for situations like this you may find it best to have a small point and shoot that can accomplish a good cross section of the functionality of your gear while offering the size and portability of something that will fit in your pocket, you wouldn’t show up to a wedding with a point and shoot unless it was for a very specific purpose, likewise you wouldn’t go to photograph your third cousins’ twice removed birthday party with a full digital SLR kit unless you were really good friends or were being hired to do so.

Keep it light and keep it simple, that is the best way to travel with photographic related equipment. But always way sure that you have what you feel you may even want and if you find yourself packing anything more that one camera and one lens you may want to consider something with wheels.

The RStrap and Quickdraw Shooting

In the world of photography you need to be ready at a moments notice, this need for readiness usually comes with many different cameras hung from the shoulders with an arsenal of lenses also in the mix. While this provides a camera for every thing that may need to be photographed it may not provide the availability that is needed.

The RStrap from BlackRapid is an attempt at making the camera more available while still encouraging management of cameras on straps that are held over one shoulder. Check it out, if you are a sports photographer or ever carry more than 2 cameras on your shoulders I think that you will appreciate their product.

Here is a quick demo video on the RStrap.

White Balance Lens Cap

While doing some browsing around this evening I found something truely wonderful, a lens cap that very well may help people wanting to learn more about their camera and start shooting in the (M)anual mode. Taking well balanced photographs can sometimes be a chalange and if you want to balance correctly the first time… without looking at the photograph after it is taken and take an additional photograph or having your grey card along. Now all you have to do is learn to put your camera in Manual White Balance mode and take a test shot, this will set your camera for the environment in which the test shot was taken and help ensure that the whites are white and not blue or cyan tenged.

One of these baby’s on the front of your lens would assist in a more correctly balance photograph as you start to learn.


From $45 – $65 per cap.

Available from

Notice this is also an inner squeze cap… making it hard to bump the cap off while walking or traveling with your camera, an added bonus that I can’t commend Canon for.


5D Mark II Shipping

After much anticipation and much reading the long rumored Canon 5D replacement is on it’s way to the general public. I just got off the phone with my local camera shop, letting me know that the Canon 5D Mark II was released for order and shipment today and that they would soon have one in hand to allow customers to look at, play with, and test out before taking one home themselves.

Though the new model in the 5D series offers many improvements it didn’t live up to the hype that it had received via numerous rumor blogs. I believe that this is the next largely sought after camera that wedding photographers will long to have in their bags until the initial orders are filled. Sports photographers, and Sports Photographer Hobbyists as myself, will agree though that waiting to see what the Canon 5D Mark II was going to have in the way of features are by in large disappointed with the feature set for the fact that it isn’t much quicker than the tools already available for our use on the sidelines of favorite sports.

The Canon 5D (now mark I) has long been my favorite camera offering a nice full frame sensor with almost undetectable pixel noise until the frame would be so dark that you wouldn’t even want to be taking a photograph. The color tone and pixel depth has only recently been matched by Nikon’s release of the D3, a camera I would argue far superior on many fronts. In its’ day the Canon 5D was the first of its’ kind, offering a full frame sensor at a price that the Pro or Pro-Sumer could afford and features necessary for wedding/portrait photographers.

After Christmas is over, and many other holidays, I look forward to adding the Canon 5D Mark II to my arsenal of camera equipment for use at weddings and landscapes. My hope is also that the 1080p video recording feature will come in handy as I attempt to bring video as well as photographs of Gods’ glory to people who may never see it, and I dabble in the arena of landscape video-graphy.


Canon 50D Released


Canon announced today the Canon EOS 50D a new camera body to replace the almost un-aged 40D digital body released just one year ago. The new camera features improvements for those that include a more megapixels, larger dynamic range, and the ability to plug their camera directly in to their HDTV’s. The Canon 50D updates the Canon pro-sumer line which has been moving much more quickly than any other line as of late, this due to the high demand of people that have gotten their feet wet with a consumer level cameras and have decided to push upward.

Many professional photographers who have moved beyond the Canon 30, 40, 50D cameras series are left wondering when Canon is going to see fit to update the long standing Canon EOS 5D, a true professional level camera offering a full frame sensor with all of the benefits. The only complaint that 5D owners have had through the use of the camera is the seemingly slow shutter cycle speed, 3 frames per second, restricting the ability to achieve a burst rate that may actually capture something just milliseconds later when the moment may be more perfect than the one that was originally set to be captured.

The long rumored Canon 5D replacement has earned many different names and spec’s, without a base for any of them other than the hopes and needs of the current 5D owner base. The rumored specifications for the 5D replacement make it rival the features of the Canon EOS 1Ds-Mark III in all areas including frame rate, frame size, and even it’s disposition to foul weather, while these features would be nice I don’t honestly expect Canon to release a camera that will directly compete with their Flagship camera for photography professionals.