Best place to store your Photos

Best place to store your Photos

by Charly

As many know there are numerous ways to store your photos. The best place to store your photos is an individual preference. You have Clouds, Picture sites and External Hard Drives (EXHDD), but which is right for you? Simply put wherever you think is the best place to store your precious images! There are pros and cons with any option, so it’s up to you. For me, I use EXHDDs and I’ll explain in this article how I store my precious images, along with the procedure I use.

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Personally I cannot bring myself to use a Cloud service for two reasons: cost and no assurance nothing will ever happen to them. Yes they could have multiple backups to protect my images, but what if the company just disappears some day? What then? I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have complete control over my images and don’t want to entrust what is very important to me to anyone else.

Then there’s places like Flickr, Ipernity and the like. Not to mention order fulfillment sites like Smugmug. Of course with order fulfillment sites one has to put up high resolution, large files for an image to be printed, but to rely on them to keep your images safe just doesn’t make sense to me. Same with picture sites and again, you have no control over what happens to your images.

In a previous article, Watermarks on Art, I covered how to put up small, low resolution files online and why I choose to do that. Not only to help protect my work from unauthorized use, but to keep my websites running fast. Huge files can slow a site’s loading time way down. When I visit a photographers or artists website, all the flash and large files may look snazzy, but when it takes more than a few milliseconds for a page to load, I’m gone. Especially when I have load speeds of 30Mbps with my internet provider. No page should take any time to load.

Of course slowness can be caused by who they host their site with or settings on their site account. Albeit the fact remains, not everyone has fast internet speeds and large files, along with flash, can make it miserable for one to view. So I opt to keep things simple to ensure a more enjoyable experience for anyone viewing my sites.

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Been a Crazy Week

Been a Crazy Week

by Charly

Well it sure has been a crazy week for me! I received my new camera and started class at University. Now where shall I begin? Let’s start with my camera. I opted for a refurbished Sony SLT – A65. First a bit of background; I bought my first DSLR camera back in 2010. When I went in to Fry’s Electronics, I intended to buy a Canon like my daughter’s. I knew nothing about cameras, but had used hers once and thought it pretty good. As the salesman was going over the camera, he surmised from my answers I was green. lol He asked if he could show me a different camera and I was fine with that.

He pulled out the Sony SLT – A33 and began telling me the differences between it and the Canon I was originally there to buy. He was a great guy! His patience and quickness to answer all my stupid questions was unusual to find in a super store of any kind. After about 1 hr. I decided on the Sony and fell in love with it once I figured out how to use it and more about photography.

When I purchased the Sony, I also got an extended warranty. After a couple of years, it started getting soft spots on images; randomly appearing. I took it in for repair more than a few times. Oh and with the warranty, I also got a loaner to use so I wasn’t without a camera! Fry’s is a great store! Too bad there aren’t more of them around the country. Anyway, the last time I took it in, they decided not to try and repair it. Per my extended warranty, I received a replacement at no cost to me. I was given a Sony SLT – A58, since Sony had discontinued it’s A37 model.

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The A58 is a good camera, but I really wanted the A65. Unfortunately for me, the A65 was also discontinued and that is what I wanted. BooHoo! Being a good and long standing customer at my local Fry’s store, they offered me a refund check to buy the camera I wanted. You see usually they give a store credit to use on a different item. If I opted for the A77, it was going to cost me quite a bit more and it would take weeks to get. Well that really wasn’t an option for me, as I didn’t wish to go without a camera for that long…

So I went online to look around. Not really any luck, so I called Sony. The wonderful salesperson listened to my story and offered me some options. One being a refurbished A65 body at not much more than I received from my warranty. I have plenty of lenses, so I only needed a body. I told her that I had used an A65 once as a loaner and it was nothing but trouble for me; a lemon. After relaying all I went through, she said the refurbished A65 was under warranty with an extended available and if anything was wrong with it, I’d get my money back or a replacement. Ok now it was time to think on things…

With Sony, I don’t get a loaner if anything were to go wrong. That’s a draw back indeed! On the other hand, waiting perhaps up to 6 weeks for a camera from Fry’s to me was worse. The next day I called Sony back and ordered the A-65, which I received in 2 days! I opened up the box and through the battery on to charge. Later that afternoon, I put a lens on, put the battery in and shot about 10 quick images. No hang up, no pause, no shut down! Yeah the camera works as it should! Can’t wait to get out this weekend and do some shooting with it.

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My Photography Class

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1938 L.F. Deardorf & Sons 5″ x 7″ camera in beautiful condition and one I missed out on that my Professor at University sold  :(

I’m really psyched about this semester! I will be using a Large Format 4 x 5 monorail camera and nothing else. Now how cool is that?!? Due to my being a bit more advanced at photography, I am allowed to work independently from the rest of the class to perfect my craft. My Prof Richard Doherty suggested Architecture as my course study, since it is something I enjoy and am pretty decent at, I’m very willing. The hardest part will be which type of Architecture to choose, since I love all types! What type of Architecture would you like to see me do for class?

Last semester was the first time I ever shot with a Large Format camera. Within a week, I was hooked! Some might say, “I don’t understand why anyone would revert back to film when digital is so much easier.”

Well there are a number of reasons:

1.  Digital cannot match what a Large Format can do

2.  Film definitely slows one down to concentrate on getting a spectacular shot. In other words, no 300 images in a day hoping 1 is good!

3.  There’s just something about taking an image, developing the film, then printing it yourself that is more fulfilling to me as a photographer

4.   You learn more about photography; the Exposure Triangle and although basically the same, it’s a bit different than with digital since the camera does a lot of the work.

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With a Large Format, the photog has to really pay attention to every single detail to get a good image. Especially shooting Architecture, because you don’t want buildings that are falling in or back or leaning. With digital, some of that is easily fixed with software, yet it’s important to take the time with film to get it as correct as possible without any distortion. I shot some Architectural images last semester and took as much as an half an hour setting up the shot.

That’s definitely slowing one down right? Yet I probably took another 20 – 30 mins. just looking for the shot with the camera equipment still in the car. Not to mention how many I walked away from cuz I couldn’t see the shot like I wanted it. So that means I take about an hour, perhaps more, on each shot. Those who know more than I about Large Format may take less time, but I think one of the reasons a new photog can’t advance to be a better one is they just are in too big of a hurry. Snap, snap, snap, snapping without any forethought.

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Then there’s developing the film, which isn’t that difficult at all. The toughest part for me is setting up the enlarger to print a wonderful image. Again it takes forethought and knowledge I still don’t have. Yet with time and dedication, I know it will come. Then again it has to! My plans are to buy both a 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 Large Format camera. Thanks to some wonderful photographers that see how committed I am to the craft, I’ve been given some great equipment to set up my own darkroom at home. I hope to have it designed and one room converted by the first of the year. It’s not that difficult to set up and having construction background, I’ll be doing it all myself. Definitely a plus to save on costs!

In the future, I will post more on Large Format and the progress of my darkroom with pictures of course. ;) But for now, it’s time to get some things done around the house and prepare for a weekend of shooting! I can’t wait and sure hope the rain doesn’t dampen my fun.

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Watermarks on Art

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Rome Burning

 

Watermarks on Art

by Charly

Watermarks on Art found on the web are hotly debated: To use or not to use, that is the question. Personally I went through both stages; watermarking my work as a new photographer, to not using watermarks and back to using them. For each individual who puts images of their work up on the internet, it’s up to you whether to use them or not.

Some say watermarks deter buyers from purchasing Art, others say it doesn’t. What should one do then? Well as I said, ‘It’s up to you what you’re comfortable with doing’. If that is using watermarks, them by all means do so. I can attest to them not deterring sales, though I cannot say if watermarking my art stops sales.

One thing I do know is art, whether pictures of paintings or personal/pro photography or digital work and all others, always have a chance of being taken/used by anyone. The only sure way of not having any of your creations taken/stolen/used is to never put them up on the internet! Of course that is not an option for most artists so what to do?

There are a few options to help deter others from taking your work:

1. Watermark them

2. Put up low resolution images that are small – say 500 to 600px on the longest side

3. Have DMCA monitor your websites and work

3. Doing all the above

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I do all the above; have DMCA, use watermarks (though not all the time) and put up low res., small images. Of course if you using a order fulfillment site, you have to put up high resolution, non-watermarked work, but be sure they or you: watermark and/or keep small low res. images for customers to view. When I open an image and see it’s huge, I just cringe and think, Why is anyone doing that today?

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The answer is they simply are unaware of what to do. Most editing software on the market today has the ability to save your work as a jpeg at a small resolution (72ppi) and dictate what the longest side (edge) should be. Here’s an example of Lightroom:

Lr Export Example

With this example (click on to enlarge) we will pay attention to the File Settings, Image Sizing and Watermarking.

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File Settings determines how your file will be saved to the location of your choice.

Image Format: In most cases you will use JPEG. I cannot remember a time where I used anything else

Color Space: In most cases you will use sRGB. This is the color space used on the internet and many that print for you will ask for it

Quality: This is often misinterpreted thus used incorrectly in many cases, because everyone wants a good quality image for people to see. When I ready an image for the net, I will use around 74.  I’ve used as low as 68 and still the image looked good. Only when someone tries to enlarge it will the image start to degrade in quality, which is what I want. Believe it or not, a small print produced from a file of 74 quality setting will print as good as one with a 100.

Editing JPEGs isn’t ideal and trying to edit a low resolution, low quality, small one is a down right pain in the butt! Oh sure it can be done, but I don’t know why anyone would bother. I remember in a Photoshop class at university, our Prof. giving us images that were low res. JPEGs to learn specific tools. I got so frustrated with one assignment, that I wound up taking a couple of images for upcoming students to use while they learned about the Clone Tool. A few found out I did this and thanked me, cuz it made their work easier. It’s murder editing a 72ppi that is small in size and it look great, trust me!

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Image Sizing determines resolution and of course size of the saved file.

Resize to Fit: There are numerous options when you click on the drop down arrows: Width & Height, Dimensions, Long Edge, Short Edge and Metapixels. With any of these your options below the drop down will change. Today we are covering Long Edge and as you can see in the example, a box to enter size and another drop down to use pixels or inches. I normally use pixels and put in 500 up to 800px but never larger.

Resolution: You enter the resolution you want. 72 pixels per inch (ppi) is widely used on the internet and what you should use for anything you are putting up. Of course if your printer or order fulfillment center wants 300ppi (widely used for printing) or another resolution, you will enter it here.

Example: 72ppi x 500px = roughly 7 inches in length | 300ppi x 500px = roughly one and three quarters of an inch (1.75″)

Since using a high resolution with the same 500px long edge makes the image smaller, most opt to use 72ppi for the internet. Using 300ppi would require a 2100px long edge to be 7 inches long and be of a higher quality with having more pixels per square inch. Make sense?

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Watermarking is exactly what it is. With Lr, you can add any watermark you want; text or graphic

Watermark: To use a text or graphic watermark you check the box. Then using the drop down arrows, either choose one you’ve already saved, Simple Copyright Watermark or Edit Watermarks… If you wish to create or edit a watermark, the image you have selected to Export will pop up in a new window. Though I won’t be going into this today, you have many options on how your text will look or use a graphic of your choice and where it is placed on the image, etc.

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Does watermarking stop people from taking/using your work? Well again, the only way to ensure your work is never taken or used is to never put it anywhere on the internet. That said, yes people can edit out watermarks, but most won’t on a small low res. file and if they did the only thing that file would be good for is on the www. It won’t print to any decent size or look good and that is why I use low resolution, low quality and small files on the net.

I look at it this way, if my work is better than many out there, people will want my work even though it’s watermarked. They know their print, canvas, etc. will not have the watermark and it will look beautiful on their wall. Of course if one should decide not to order my work solely based on there being a watermark, well then I’d chalked that up to not a very serious customer. Watermarks would never deter me from buying what I want!

As I’ve said before, I’d love to have my images up large without a watermark! The reality is in today’s age too many take without asking permission and some of them make a lot of money off of other peoples work who get nothing for it. If one wants to use my work, they’ll have to work hard to do so and even then, won’t have anything worth using really.

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But what if I use a specific site to keep all my high resolution images? Yanno like Flickr or the like or a Cloud? I plan on doing an article on this in the near future, so won’t go into it in great detail here. But…

My answer is don’t do it! Look you can do anything you want to, but external hard drives are dirt cheap. Pick you up a few and put all of your originals and edited work on them; keep one off site in case of a disaster. Then you have complete control over your work, where it is and how large the files are. Besides low res, small images will help keep your website running a lot faster than mega files will and they’ll look great. Rome Burning, at the beginning of this article, is at 72ppi and 504px long edge, so see not bad at all. ;)

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Copyright: Facts vs Myths

Copyright: Facts vs Myths

by Charly

PREFACE: I am not an attorney, but a photographer. There is heated debate, publicly and in the courts, on how this all works when it comes to copyright. The reality is the rights of artists… no I should say “EVERYONE” are being chiseled away on a daily basis. Whether you’re an artist or not, or know an artist, this article will disspell some myths out there. It’s always a good idea to check into local, state, country and international laws yourself and seek professional advice from an attorney.

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So what the heck is copyright and DMCA all about? Anything: words written, paintings, doodles, composed music, images, lyrics, songs, digital art, etc. are copyrighted by the person who created them. The creator, of whatever it may be, holds the copyright. Each country has it’s own Copyright Laws, then there’s International Copyright Relations and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Not to mention what can or cannot be seen in the image or if a photographer can even use or sell it. Who would’ve known that loving to shoot images would entail so much legal mumbo jumbo right?

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition:

Copyright n. – : the “exclusive legal right” to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work)

Copyright adj. – : of or relating to a copyright  : not allowed to be copied without permission from the author, composer, etc.

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Myth #1:

Everything you find on the net is free to use in any way you want and any where you want.

Fact:

Everything you read or see on the internet is copyrighted by someone. Most who hold the copyright request written permission from them, on their website, to use any of their copyrighted material; be it words, articles, images, lyrics, etc. Though it doesn’t matter as they are protected whether they say written permission required or not.

Simply put, using anyone’s material to represent it as your own in any way, without permission, is against many laws.

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Myth #2:

Even if I do use something without permission likely it won’t be found out or anything done about it.

Fact:

Well perhaps that’s true, but then again perhaps not. The reality is technology is evolving to help copyright holders find out if there’s been any misuse of their material. If any copyright holder determines you have or are using any of their copyrighted material they have a few options on how to handle it.

They might:

1. Just politely ask you to take down their material

2. Send you an invoice to pay for the usage, whereas they can ask any amount

3. Contact their country’s Copyright Office

4. Contact the DMAC

5. Sue for damages/lost income

6. Request reimbursement for all for their time and/or legal fees to follow up the misuse

7. Any or all the above and more!

Guess one then has to ask themselves if it’s worth taking the chance on using any material w/o permission.

I’ve heard of some photographers that spend a couple, few hours a day just finding those who “use” their images w/o permission. They aggressively hunt the culprits down and take action(s).

Why you may ask? Well simply put, their work is how they make a living. Photographers spend hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands on what they need to make that beautiful image you look at. If someone takes it, then they take money away from them and their families.

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Myth #4:

But I cannot afford to pay for an image that I want to use on my website or to create something.

Fact:

There are many stock image websites out there for you to get images at a very low to high cost. Surely paying a little something is better than just taking it right? A little at the front end might just save you a whole lot in the long run. Heck there are even sites that have free images to use legally.

Besides, what is it called when you take something w/o permission or don’t pay for it? Think about it…

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Myth #5:

Well the images don’t have any copyright on them, so it’s ok to use.

Fact:

It doesn’t matter if there’s a copyright on an image or not. The one who created/shot it holds the copyright! Whether it’s registered with a copyright office or not.

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Myth #6:

No watermark, no copyright info, no way of identifying who took the image then it’s free to use/take

Fact:

Have you ever came upon a beautiful image that either was too small to really enjoy or had copyright info smack in the middle of it? Most of you will say yes. The fact is to help deter people from taking images, the photographer will either put up a very small image/watermark it.

I personally hate putting up small images or ones with watermarks! Some of my images are gorgeous large! But alas, with so many on the internet taking without paying, I have no choice but to make them look ugly. It’s a shame really… But what else can I do? Photography is my profession and I like everyone else need to make a living.

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Myth #7:

I’ll just Photoshop the artist name or copyright info out of the image, then use it without permission

Fact:

Yes one can do that, but if caught you make the artist’s case that you maliciously and knowingly decided to break the law

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Myth #8:

Everyone else does, so I can too!

Fact:

Just one question…. If everyone jumps off a steep cliff will you follow suit also? This has to be one of the lamest excuses out there….

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Of course there are tons more, but I hope that these educate some to choose a different way of thinking when it comes to “taking” or “using” something they find on the internet. Personally I would prefer working with a customer to “use” my work, then spend countless hours hunting down those who didn’t.

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Here is what the DMCA puts on their Certificates of Protection:

Protection: All original content on https://www.printsofitaly.com/ is created by the website owner, including but not limited to text, design, code, images, photographs and videos are considered to be the Intellectual Property of the website owner, whether copyrighted or not, and are protected by DMCA Protection Services using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Title 17 Chapter 512 (c)(3). Reproduction or re-publication of this content is prohibited without permission. [Note: the ‘whether copyrighted or not’ pertains to if it’s registered with a Copyright Office]

Digital Millennium Copyright Act: Part of the US Copyright Law. The DMCA addresses penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet and protects content creators by “establishing procedures for proper notification” to OSPs when copyright infringement is identified online. Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act, Title II of the DMCA “adds a new section 512 to the Copyright Act to create four new limitations on liability for copyright infringement by online service providers.” These procedures allow content creators or their designated agent to file proper DMCA Takedown notice to the OSP in case infringed material has been detected on their servers.”

This is from the Cert. of Protection on my Prints of Italy home page. Any other page would follow: www.printsofitaly.com/page or image or post name. Besides we all know how aggressive the DMCA is about images, videos, songs and the like. If you’d like to find out more about:

DMCA: please click HERE

US Copyright Office: please click HERE

International Copyright Relations: please click HERE

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Here’s a great article you may enjoy too. It’s on Variety about Kurt Sutter’s (the creator of Sons of Anarchy) take on Google’s blatant Piracy. You can continue reading it HERE (warning: profanity is used in this article)

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A final thought: Imagine just for a moment that you went on the internet and found very few images and written material. Due to people not wanting their material taken, they don’t bother having it online. Or that people just gave up with the misuse and pulled it off. The internet just wouldn’t be the same would it? Thanks to all the creative people around the world, the internet is full of wonderful things. Let’s work together to keep it that way!

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“If you want to help “EVERYONE” maintain their right to create and not lose their material, please share this on your social media networks!” ~ Charly

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Should I really chance it?

Should I really chance it?

by Charly

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I don’t know about you, but overall I’m pretty adventurous and been that way my whole life. Always taking chances and more than a couple of times were very scary to say the least, even for me. In most situations, I actually ask myself, ‘Should I really chance it?’ with yes as the usual answer. Being a very passionate photographer, I do and go where most won’t venture. Not that I can blame anyone who doesn’t want to take the risk. It could cost you dearly if you make the wrong decision in more ways than one.

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I thought about doing this post because of what happened to me just today. I went to the post office to ship off one of my prints to a customer. As I was getting into my car, a wonderful woman stopped me saying I had a flat tire. I graciously thanked her and drove slowly to the nearest gas station to get air. Really … 75 cents for air? Come on that is a big ripoff! Anyway… That’s when I realized I didn’t have just one tire that was bad, but a second one also. Geesh! Just my luck; so much to do and now a trip to Discount Tire to see what the problem was.

As I was driving to the shop, I played through where I’d been that might have caused the tires to go low/flat. I remember a couple of weeks ago going to an area where I probably shouldn’t have driven my car. I had a feeling I was taking too big of a chance, but I had to get that shot! A guy met me as I was getting out of my car and asked what he could do for me. I told him about going where I shouldn’t and think I may have picked up something in 2 of my tires. He looked them over and said he didn’t see anything, but they’d look into it.

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An hour+ later, they drove my car out and I pointed that it was my car. The guy got out and said, ‘You had a nail in one tire and a piece of metal in the other, but you’re all set now’. Just as I figured. I thanked him and drove home all the while thinking, ‘You really need to get a truck and stop driving your car where it’s not meant to go!’ And I’m glad I bought my tires there and got the warranty, which means I don’t pay for flats or rotation and they’ll replace any tire no matter the damage; prorated of course.

I haven’t edited any of the images I took where I should have said “no” to my question of: Should I really chance it? But I got some great images that I think will be winners.

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The scariest thing I’ve done to get a shot? Well there’s been 2 that I almost didn’t make it back from. One was in Italy. High on a mountain above Florence, I hung over a cliff to get the “shot” and slipped. Thankfully I had one leg wrapped around a guardrail and held onto my camera tight! I’d estimate at least a 200 ft. drop down a shear rock faced cliff. But for me, even though I couldn’t stretch out further safely to include all the windy road, the shot below was worth the risk! (Click on image to view larger)

Misty Morn O'er Florence
Misty Morn O’er Florence

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The other was climbing down a steep bank of the Missouri River, treacherous at best, to get on a huge culvert. I was wanting a shot of the Train Trestle that is no longer in use. Due to branches being in the way of my shot, I moved a bit, slipped and almost plunged into the rock/thick cement fragment filled river head first with camera and tripod. Thankfully I was able to grab a branch that didn’t break, stopping me from probably certain death. Don’t think that fall into the rocks/cement fragments would’ve been injury proof if I didn’t die and I wouldn’t have been found anytime soon either. Again for me the shot below was worth it all, as I received a photography award for a series it was in of the Train Trestle.

Train Trestle Swing Bridge
Train Trestle Swing Bridge

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I wouldn’t encourage anyone to take even the slightest risk to get a “shot”! For me, my adventurous spirit always takes over. Usually my great common sense, along with my training and quick reaction without panicking, keeps me safe. Perhaps one day nothing will prevent me from injury or death, but at least I’m doing what I love, enjoying every bit of it no matter the risk, and my life is never dull. ;)

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Make a Travel List, then Pack

Make a Travel List, then Pack

by Charly

Why make a travel list? Well it saves on time packing and usually will ensure you forget nothing. So having one is just a good plan overall. Have you ever arrived at a destination to find out you had forgotten something essential? I have and when you cannot find what you need at a local store, it’s frustrating.

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I’m on the go a lot, whether it’s taking an impromptu trip or traveling outside of the USA. The one thing I developed over the years is a Travel List that is on my computers. I use it for 2 day trips or month long stays and pack what is necessary for where I’m going and for how long. Since it’s a text document, I can add to it or strike out what I won’t need for a particular trip. Then when I’m finished with it, either save the changes or not.

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Being a freelance photographer, at the top of the list is all my electronics/equipment. Of course I carry more than one who has a point & shoot or bridge camera, but none-the-less, be sure you have everything you will use on your trip. In Italy, though I brought many SD cards, I ran out in Venice I believe it was. When I found a store that had 32GB card, I paid a whopping 80 euros for the privilege. YIKES! That converted to near $100!! So not only make your travel list, but be sure you’re prepared. Here’s an example:

Camera(s) | Lens(es) |  # SD cards | SD Reader/Cord | Batteries | Battery Charger | Laptop | Laptop Cords | Cell Phone | Cell Phone Charger (car/home) | Camera Cleaning Kit | Camera/Lens Cloths | Filters | Waterproof Card Holder | Tripod/Head | Rain bags for Camera | Plastic Rectangle Table Cloth | Gray Cards | Flashlights | Backpack Protector Bag | Locks | Electrical Converter for Country needed? | # Rolls of Film | # Sheet Film boxes | and more

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Now it’s time to pack. I’m very good at putting a lot in a small area. My daughter tells everyone, ‘My mom can make 10 lbs. of stuff fit in a 5 lb. bag!’ lol She’s too funny, but that is so very true. Most of my camera stuff will fit nicely in/on my Tamrac slingback backpack. Even my laptop fits in the computer pocket it has and the tripod on the outside area. All packed it weighs about 20 lbs., a carry-on when I fly and is very easy on me when walking a long ways.

What I do is grab everything on my list and put it next to the bag I’m going to put it in. As I pack an item on my Travel List in it’s proper bag, I strike it out. This let’s me know I’ve packed it. Yes I do this to each individual item, no matter how small, to ensure I forget nothing! I don’t add 3 things and hope I remember that they’re all packed. This is what the list would look like of packed items:

Camera(s) | Lens(es) |  # SD cards | SD Reader/Cord | Batteries | Battery Charger | Laptop | Laptop Cords | Cell Phone | Cell Phone Charger (car/home) | Camera Cleaning Kit | Camera/Lens Cloths | Filters | Waterproof Card Holder | Tripod/Head | Rain bags for Camera | Plastic Rectangle Table Cloth | Gray Cards | Flashlights | Backpack Protector Bag | Locks | Electrical Converter for Country needed? | # Rolls of Film | # Sheet Film boxes | and more

This tells me the camera(s), SD Reader/cord, laptop, cell phone charger car/home, camera/lens cloths, etc. are packed in the bag they belong. When everything is struck out, I print the list and go over it one last time. Then zip, and lock with TSA approved locks if flying, all bags. At this point, though very sure everything needed for the trip is packed, I’ll pour me a cup of joe and go over the list one final time. Now time to wait to leave in the car or head to the airport.

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“Hope this helps you enjoy your travels! Ciao”

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