Travel Tips for Nature Photographers (Part 4)

Gura Gear Kiboko camera bag on luggage wheels is relatively inconspicuous and looks a lot like an ordinary roller bag.

Travel Neat

Story and photo by Kathy Adams Clark

I’ve learned over the years that airline employees seem to ignore “neat” travelers.  The employees at the check-in counter and gate tend to look right past a passenger with a small backpack and legal-size roller bag.  It seems like every business traveler has them.  For females, sometimes it’s that stylish tote and roller bag.  My camera gear now mimics that business look so I don’t standout during check-in or at the gate.

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Travel Tips for Nature Photographers (Part 3)

Your bags are packed and you're ready for your trip. How can you make your travel experience stress free?

Your bags are packed and you’re ready for your trip. How can you make your travel experience stress free?

The days when travel was glamorous are long gone.  Nowadays, heading to the airport is more likely to elicit a sigh of nervousness or frustration than it is to make you purr with pleasure.  With all the gear we need to bring along, what can photographers do to make the travel experience a little safer and less stressful?

From the Editor: We recently started posting a series of travel tips about making the life of the traveling photographer smoother and easier. This is the third in that series. You can find part 1 and part 2 in the blog archives.  In this installment, NANPA members Gustavo Costa and Donald Dymer talk about traveling safely and protecting your gear. If you have a favorite tip, share it with us! Send it to publications@nanpa.org and we’ll post it in a future article.

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What Not to Bring through Airport Security

Home-made bounce card on flash.

Home-made bounce card on flash.

From the Editor:  We recently started posting a series of travel tips about making the life of the traveling photographer smoother and easier.  In this installment, F. M. Kearney’s inner MacGyver inventiveness comes back to bite him. If you have a favorite tip, share it with us! Send it to publications@nanpa.org and we’ll post it in a future article.

Story and photographs by F. M. Kearney

Life can sometimes be a challenge. Much of it is beyond our control, but every now and then, you can do things to make the journey a little easier. Whenever possible, I try to streamline repetitive tasks. For instance, I always keep a self-addressed, stick-on label in my wallet in the event I need to fill out a form or have something delivered. Each time I hand one over, people marvel at my ingenuity in quickly getting through what could otherwise be a time-consuming process. I see it more as common sense. If I know there’s a high likelihood that I might need something shipped or delivered, why would I want to waste time by repeatedly writing out my name and address on one of their blank labels?

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Travel Tips for Nature Photographers (Part 1)

Your bags are packed and you're ready for your trip. How can you make your airport experience stress free?

Your bags are packed and you’re ready for your trip. How can you make your airport experience stress free?

The days when travel was glamorous are long gone.  Nowadays, heading to the airport is more likely to elicit a sigh of nervousness or frustration than it is to make you purr with pleasure.  With all the gear we need to bring along, what can photographers do to make the airport experience a little less stressful?

From the Editor: This is the first in a series of travel tips from NANPA members. If you have a favorite tip, share it with us! Send it to publications@nanpa.org and we’ll post it in a future article.

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