Want to pack like a pro? We've been professional photographers for the past 10 years. Our job take us all over the planet and we've developed a way to travel with the essentials for photo and video without too much sacrificing! We'll go over all the essentials - less really is more when you're traveling about the world.
First, Choose a Great Camera Backpack
This one below is the Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II. It's a great one to start with if you're traveling, plus it's affordable. It's compact enough to take in hand luggage, because let's face it, who wants their precious gear going in the hold to only find out when you get to your destination it's been damaged? Another tip help choose a great camera bag is the top handle. Make sure it's sturdy. We found this out the hard way - spend a little extra on your bag if you need to, it's got a lot of expensive things in it. You're traveling light, but camera equipment is heavy and you'll be picking it up by that handle the entire way through the airport. Other great features of this bag are: there is room for a 15'' laptop, it has hiking backpack like hip support to redistribute the weight, and loads of pockets for other essential traveling stuff like your passport, candy, and a great magazine to inspire you. I'm a big fan of Wired or National Geographic Adventures.
Next, Let's Pack. What's in our bag?
That's all great, now what do you put in your bag? Below is a picture of what we took to a job we had in New York City shooting a large fancy gala with a concert. We're shooting both photography and video so there is a little more here than there would be if we were just shooting photography only. Also, please remember, there are two of us on the team, so we each have our own backpack. We made an equipment list below with a photo of our gear all laid out.
Everyone has their own favorite brands of professional photography and videography gear. We started with Canon's so we just kept going with it since we already had all the lenses. I am sure these days the debate over which camera company has quieted a bit with the technology advancing so much. Let's face it, there are a lot of great options for amazing quality footage at a decent price. The three main ones are Canon, Nikon and the newly in the game over the recent years is Sony making huge strides in mirror-less cameras. The equipment list below of the brands we use and trust on a regular basis with links to check them out.
Don't Forget to Have Fun
There are lots of stresses when traveling for a job, so don't forget to enjoy yourself a little. Mix some work and play. Build in some time so you don't end up just traveling to a city to do a job and never getting a chance to explore it. Give yourself at least 1 day to explore. You wouldn't want to miss out on a major landmark or amazing meal you can't get anywhere else just because you were too busy to check it out.