Archive for Travel

Evolving from Photographer to Director

Posted: February 16th, 2016

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] There’s often a very thin grey line these days between the definition of photographer and director. I’ve found that many clients want a one-stop shop. After saying,  “no, I don’t direct television” for several years, I finally started saying, “yes, I can make that happen”. However, this becomes a situation where you’re stepping into [...]

Going Off the Beaten Track

Posted: December 18th, 2015

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to shoot a big project in China and Tibet. I did some things right and I did some things wrong. Here’s what I learned. Know the culture. No matter where you go, but especially overseas, it’s important to have a good understanding of the culture [...]

How to Power Your Gear Where There is No Power

Posted: December 17th, 2015

[by Pascal Depuhl] Tips for the power (hungry) traveler I love traveling into extremely remote areas on assignment. There’s something about filming in the Amazon rain forest, photographing a hidden monastery in a desert wadi or shooting video on a snow-covered airstrip in the Himalayan foothills, that recharges my creativity. On the flip side none of these places have electrical power [...]

Minimal Stress When Traveling to Projects? It Is Possible!

Posted: December 16th, 2015

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Local projects aren’t always the norm for me, since most of my clients have projects all over the country. And, being a photographer and traveling light just aren’t things that are used together in a sentence. I will go so far as to say these are my company’s travel policies, and not [...]

I’ve Been Everywhere, Man: Seven Tips For Traveling Photographers

Posted: December 15th, 2015

[by Francis Zera] Traveling is good fun, but traveling for a photo gig and dragging along all the necessary photo gear can quickly put a damper on that fun. To help ease the pain, here are seven travel tips based on my frequent out-of-town photo projects. Pelican-style hard cases are your friend. They’re bulky, heavy, [...]

International Travel Tips

Posted: December 14th, 2015

[By Michael Clark] When traveling, I am constantly trying to streamline my bags; how they are packed and how I get them through the airport. Let’s be honest, most clients aren’t paying for first class tickets or any extras. If you want to travel in style or travel comfortably you have to do some real [...]

Don’t Worry! Today’s Gonna be a lot Worse.

Posted: November 7th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Turns out today is a lot worse than yesterday (here’s the backstory, if you’re interested in how bad yesterday really was). Like yesterday we’ve been shoveling the same never ending snow on the ramp since 5 am. Like yesterday there’s the announcement over the radio, you know, the one about the airport [...]

Have Gear–Will Travel (7 Tips to Keep Gear Working on the Road)

Posted: July 11th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] Unless you shoot exclusively in your studio, you’ll find yourself traveling with gear. Now granted, some of us travel into more remote places and photograph in more extreme conditions, but no matter whether you’re a wedding photographer who captures a brides on location, a product shooter that pulls up to a location [...]

A Quantitative Measure

Posted: July 10th, 2014

[by John Welsh] Traveling is a mindset. The fundamentals for a successful experience have very little to do with planes or itineraries. It’s kinda’ like our profession. Does knowing what technically defines an F-stop help us find our vision or convey experiences through our images? Does it make perfect execution of intricate logistics, especially while [...]

When Things Go Wrong

Posted: July 9th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] One of the first photographic overseas trips I made was to Fiji. After my first day of shooting, I plugged my battery and charger into the wall and heard a pop. Despite having the correct voltage rating for the country (240v), the charger malfunctioned. And despite all my planning and research, I [...]

I am a Maker of Lists

Posted: July 8th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] No matter the size of the production, I make a list. Actually, multiple lists. For assignments involving travel, there’s my clothes to pack list and the stuff I need for a car or plane or train. There is an equipment list from the basics to the exotic and, of course, the list [...]

Tips From a Road Warrior

Posted: July 7th, 2014

[by Gail Mooney] After spending most of my life and career on the road shooting for magazines and international corporations, I can honestly say that working “on the road” is my specialty. Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years: Carnets – Most photographers working internationally will be bringing their gear or “commercial [...]

True Story

Posted: February 25th, 2014

[by Pascal Depuhl] I’m not gonna trust the suction cup. No way. After all it’s 25º below zero and I’m concerned the camera is going to fall off – that’s the last thing I want to have happen, not that I’m super concerned about the GoPro (after all it only costs $250.-), but the footage [...]

Working in the Field

Posted: July 12th, 2013

[by Irene Owsley] As you read this, I will be kayaking and camping with forest rangers in a remote fjord of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, as a guest artist for “Voices of the Wilderness.” This program, run by the US Forest Service in Alaska, is an effort to promote wilderness values through the work of [...]

Safe Travels

Posted: November 17th, 2011

[by Kevin Lock] Make photo copies of your license, passport and credit cards and leave in each of your travel bags. You don’t want to end up stranded if your wallet goes missing. Kevin Lock is a current national director of ASMP. While Kevin does not get stranded he has been to change direction in [...]

Carry It… Check It… Rent It…

Posted: September 23rd, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] While I’m not a road warrior, I easily log 50 flights a year for my job. I’ve had to travel with equipment all over the world for both photo and video projects.  Traveling just gets more and more expensive these days.  Here are a few rules that I apply to getting there [...]

Working Abroad: Plan Ahead but Leave Time for the Unexpected

Posted: September 22nd, 2011

[by Thomas Werner] When traveling and working abroad good pre-production is essential. Produce your shoot and travel details as thoroughly as possible before leaving on your trip. Coordinate as many details as you can with your local partners, and develop and deliver a timeline to keep your schedule tight and your team on the same [...]

Tips From a Road Warrior

Posted: September 21st, 2011

[by Gail Mooney] I’ve been a traveler since I was 19 years old. Not only have I spent a big part of my career shooting desirable destinations all over the world for magazines like National Geographic and Travel & Leisure, I’m also on the road a lot shooting for corporations, institutions and non-profits and speaking [...]

Have Carnet, Will Travel

Posted: September 20th, 2011

[by Shannon Fagan] In the early part of my career, I “winged it” when entering foreign countries with my photography equipment.  Often there was a dance of excuses when I crossed a foreign border, and/or, a crossing of my fingers in hopes that Customs Officials would not check “that” suitcase…chock full of lighting gear!  As [...]

Proof Positive

Posted: September 19th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] My partner, Jon, and I carry giant Lithium Ion batteries (6x the size of an SLR battery) on planes on a regular basis. (These are for our remote control helicopter, by the way.)  We also check a whole lot of other gear.  Here are a few ways to ensure passage of all [...]

Photo Vest Be Gone

Posted: August 25th, 2011

[By Shannon Fagan] Photo nerds beware, there is a new vest on the market.  I like it so much, that I, er, uh, well, okay…I nerded out and bought two of them.  My discovery could be the perfect addition to gear up for photography this Fall. Scottevest is a company focusing on travel gear for [...]

Travel Homework Assignment

Posted: November 12th, 2010

[by Kevin Lock] When traveling abroad, I suggest that you do your homework.  Don’t assume the airline or anyone else will do it for you.  I recently spent a month traveling via Jet Blue’s “All You Can Jet” promotion.  I was on the road photographing places that I had never been.  I visited 4 countries [...]

Traveling Smart – and Cheap(er)

Posted: May 19th, 2009

One good thing about the bad economy is that there are bargains when it comes to airfares.  Even without a lot of notice, one can find a good priced ticket to most destinations.  However, that bargain can quickly add up to a lot of money when paying for check on baggage.  Many photographers need to [...]