travel tips for professional photographersWith the summer travel season upon us, I thought I’d do a blog post about what technology I typically use when I travel.

Traveling for business I travel “heavy”. By heavy I mean:

  • 15″ MacBook Pro
  • 3 – 4 portable hard drives
  • Numerous thumb drives
  • 2 smart phones
  • iPad
  • Point and shoot camera
  • GPS
  • USB Modem/Hotspot
  • The chargers and cables for all of it

Getting through airport security is a Blast!

I had a personal trip to take and I didn’t want to take my normal “heavy” kit – But I wanted much of the functionality that my heavy kit allowed. Functionality such as, email and internet access, some image editing capabilities, ability to upload images to social media sites, and also order prints.

To do this, I put together a “light” kit. It is comprised of:

  • iPad
  • Point and shoot camera
  • Bad-Elf gps adaptor for iOS devices
  • Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • USB Modem/Hot Spot
  • Smart Phone
  • A smaller collection of cables and chargers

Then I started loading up the iPad with apps:

I tend to be an app junkie with camera/photo editing apps. I’m not going to list all the apps I installed, but just list the ones that I used for this trip:

The two photo editing apps that I really enjoyed using to edit were NIK’s Snapseed and Filterstorm. Here is an example of a before and after image:

The combination of these two apps gives me a huge amount of control for editing my images. I didn’t miss using Adobe Photoshop too much.

And with a little more work, I was able to find an app to allow me to upload these images and have gift prints made for my relatives!

For my stand alone GPS solution, I purchased TomTom U.S.A. and used it in conjunction with the Bad Elf GPS accessory for navigation. The iPad I have doesn’t have the wireless plan and GPS. So by using the USB Modem/Hotspot and the Bad Elf I was able to have internet connection and GPS. In comparing Bad Elf GPS with the GPS built into my smart phone. In some instances, I have found that my smart phone will not have good GPS reception without also having a phone signal. The Bad Elf only uses GPS radio wave for location services. In more remote areas it was able to get a location fix where my smart phone wouldn’t.

Really the only item that I felt I was missing was a good way to backup and archive the images I captured while gone. I was left with leaving all the images on my media cards and downloading them to my photo hard drive and DVD’s when I returned home.

Would I do this again? Certainly – I don’t think that I would add or modify the kit in any way – I had navigation tools, photo editing tools, entertainment and with the USB Modem/Hot spot, internet while away from a wireless connection.

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