|NIKON D50 DSLR (WITH 18-200 MM VR NIKKOR LENS|
Gone are the days when you would have to carry 30 rolls of film for your camera. And gone are the days when the one battery would last you the entire one month that you are traveling around in say Europe. So what’s changed? Enter . . . the wonderful new world of Digital Photography.
With Digital photography, you can now preview your photos immediately after taking your shot and not having to wonder if the photo will come out. If it’s not to your satisfaction, you can simply retake the photo. In fact you can take several hundreds of photos on a 2 gig memory card. And for someone like me who loves to take photographs, I love what the new world of Digital photography has brought to travel.
The down side to all this freedom? We must now carry an extra camera battery and the charging and usb cables to support our new and high tech digital cameras. Battery life is much better on a DSLR camera than your usual Point & Shoot camera, but I still like to take an extra battery with me everywhere I go while traveling. Nothing worse than having a great photo opp moment and having your camera die on you.
And for me, I always take a smaller point and shoot camera along for times when I don’t want to carry my big DSLR camera around. Sometimes when traveling I like to venture out at night and hang out in cafes/bars and just check things out. My compact camera is far lighter than my DSLR and more compact so it can fit in my handbag. I always take a spare battery and an extra memory card just in case. And this by the way is another added weight to your luggage.
Two years ago I purchased a Digital Video camera which takes much better video than my compact still camera. I love taking still photographs but sometimes it is really cool to also watch moving, talking images. Plus I love creating Travel Videos. I have the Sony Digital Video Camera and I absolutely love it.
Portable Hard Drive: Since photography is one of my hobbies I really enjoy taking photographs while traveling. And with the new Digital Technology I have the ability to take an unlimited amount of photos. This allows me to take multiple shots of one image in hopes that one or two will end up being that “perfect” shot! The one big downside to this wonderful new technology is that it isn’t Perfect. By that I mean that things can go wrong. Your memory card can somehow get corrupted or maybe a human error where you accidentally delete your images or your memory card gets lost or your camera stolen. And it is because of all these possibilities that I bring along a portable hard drive. I create daily folders and save copies ob both my still photographs and my video to my laptop and a duplicate copy to my portable hard drive.
In fact, although I may have extra space on my memory card after a days worth of sightseeing I’ll still go back to my hotel room/apartment and transfer the images to my laptop wit a duplicate of everything to my portable hard drive. Then I clear the memory card and reuse it the following day. I’m not one who likes to keep all her eggs in one basket. If my memory card get’s corrupted and I lose some images, at least it is only limited to that day’s images rather than a 2-3 days worth of photos.
Protection/Maintenance: I would also recommend a few must accessories such as a nice lens cleaner, a mini table top tri-pod and a stand-up tri-pod and a rain guard (in case it rains).