The holidays are quickly approaching which means there will be lots of family traveling and vacationing. At Larmon, we know that traveling with photography gear can be a challenge. You want to be well-prepared but not bogged down with unnecessary items. And if you’re traveling with kids or other family members, you have additional luggage and items to consider. Here are some of our favorite tips from traveling photographers who know how to travel light while remaining prepared for any shooting situation:
Consider Your Schedule: How much time will you have to explore and photograph your favorite subjects? Consider your schedule to determine how much gear you will really need and use. For example, unless you are a professional photographer and traveling for business, a family trip might give you more flexibility in your schedule than a business trip, and this one issue will impact what you need to pack. Traveling with family can be another challenge and you may need to leave additional room for items needed by other family members.
Consider Your Subject(s): For many photographers, a few key accessories will cover a multitude of photo opportunities. Consider bringing just one lens, such as an all-in-one lens like Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro or 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DI II VC PZD Macro Lens (or something similar), allowing you to transition from wide angle to solid telephoto. Unless you are embarking on something very specific, such as macro photography or photographing an African safari, a single lens will cover most situations while keeping your luggage light.
Multi-Purpose Packing: Choose a camera bag that can keep you hands-free while also carrying more than simply your camera gear. Like your photography equipment, you’ll benefit from a bag that does double duty carting your most important items. Check www.larmonphoto.com to see the full line of fashionable Kelly Moore, LowePro, Nikon and ProMaster camera bags and cases, including the ProMaster Adventure backpack series which offers excellent organization and room for items such as laptop, cables and other items. Made of waterproof canvas and available in black or khaki, this backpack will keep your hands free and mobile while on the road.
Call us with any questions or stop by to see for our bags and cases for yourself and visit with one of our experts at 215-887-1248.