It’s going to be a short blog post this week since I’m packing so that I can leave tomorrow. I’ll be doing a combination of video/photo shoot for a training video. Since I will be traveling, and since it’s been a long time since I’ve traveled by plane, I figured I’d take this moment to discuss air travel as a photographer and what I’ve been learning along the way. Normally I drive when I can. I was never big on flying to begin , and after 9/11 I simply hate waiting in security. I’ve never waited well. I love the flying itself, but I absolutely loathe the waiting. Plus with driving there’s so much to see, that even if I don’t get the chance to pull over and start clicking, it still gives me ideas.
Something I learned when I got my flight confirmation is that the airlines now charge you for checked baggage. Let me tell you, this sucks to me. I’m going to be gone a total of 3 days, and everything I’m taking with me could theoretically fit in my carry on bag. All except for one thing. I’m not allowed to bring my tripod on as carry on, which means it has to be checked. So yes, I am paying $25 to ship my tripod more or less. Granted since I HAVE to take a checked bag to carry the tripod I’m throwing the majority of my clothes in there too, but if it weren’t for that one item…
I did discover a magnificent app for my smartphone called “MyTSA” that has a quick search option for things that can be brought on the plane and what can’t. It also has features for various airports to check delays/arrivals, wait times etc. So that was handy.
This tip I got from one of the other photographers that I follow on Twitter, and if I could remember who I’d give them credit, but I actually read it a long time ago and dismissed it as I had absolutely no travel plans at the time let alone air travel plans. What they suggested was that you take all the cords you need to take with you and put them each in sandwich bags and label the bags, so that as you go through security everything is already labeled. This also helps you as the photographer because if security does go through your bag, you can put everything back in its correct pocket quickly. This will be especially true for me, because not only do I have my standard camera cables (Computer USB, A/V connector and Charger), but I also have my phone charger, and since I’m borrowing a video camera, I’ve got the cords for that as well that I’m not used to having. Putting them in the bag will make sure I don’t leave a cord somewhere unexpectedly, because the last thing I want to do is lose property that isn’t even mine.
As I’m writing this I’m listening to KelbyTV’s weekly webcast (Wednesdays at 4) “The Grid” (www.kelbytv.com/thegrid) and they just mentioned that if you are traveling, try to schedule extra days to go shoot other things. This is one of the few things that I’m going to regret about this trip. Unfortunately, I was unable to set my own schedule, otherwise I would have. I’m a little disappointed, because it’s going to be a very quick trip. I will literally be flying in tomorrow, meeting with the client for dinner to discuss the last minute details, doing the shoot Friday, and then coming home Saturday morning. I will be in an area that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get there again, and I don’t think I’ll be able to go sightseeing, despite being only 15 miles away from a National Park. We’ll see though.
Anyway, that’s it from me this week. Since next Wednesday is the day after Christmas, there won’t be a blog update, unless something really hits me.
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