Saturday, November 18, 2017

About Chris' Travel and Photo Tips - A Living Document

Wildlife photography has it's share of challenges; i.e., being in the right place at the right time with the right lighting.  Plus, one needs to be armed with the right tools, positive vibes, and best shooting techniques on auto-pilot.  And in my opinion, it's better to be overly prepared than mildly handicapped.  If not, the mental game is compromised.  And when the mental game is off, the fastest camera in the world can't deliver home runs.

When I prep for wildlife safaris/photo trips, there are a zillion things that I do in order to insure success with the least amount of hassles or gotchas.  I'm a list junkie and this started out as the typical what to bring pack list on my first African safari with Andy Biggs back in 2004.  As you will see, this list continues to grow because the "whys and how" are just as important as the "whats". 

After 40+ photo trips, I painstakingly documented what worked and didn't - ranging from travel prep, weight and logistics to clothing, shooting techniques, tools and workflow - because:
  • Airlines are continually cracking down on carry-on size and weight,
  • Reducing stress is always top of mind and I want travel adventures to be efficient and comfy; especially, when traveling 40 hours door:door and when it's not possible to run to a store when something breaks, leaks, is forgotten or is taken; and,
  • I want good value from my investments; especially, since products that weigh the least (every ounce counts) usually cost a premium.  Note: I have no affiliations with any vendors mentioned in this blog.  
Since I often get requests for advice, I'm sharing most of my action items and logic here in this living resource document.  Check back frequently for updates to: 1) Chris' Packing, Travel and Image Storage Tactics which includes Extreme Cold Weather tips (updated Nov. 15th), 2) How to Shoot from a Safari Land Rover, Safari Prep and Image Workflow (updated Oct. 1st) and 3) Avoiding International Air Travel Grief (updated Nov. 2nd).  For non-photographers, Hack the Hackers and ID Thieves is a handy checklist (updated Sept. 9th) as well as Don't Leave Money on the Table for shopping tips. Yep, it's a ton to do and think through; but, no pain, no gain.  Tip: scroll down quickly one page at a time on a Mac by pressing the fn key + the down arrow.  To scroll super-fast, press the fn key and hold the down arrow. 



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