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I will be travelling to India in October for about 3 -6 months and this is the first time I intend to shoot digitally. Its new thing for me to travel with digital gear, and Im not really into the idea of taking hard drives and laptops. I want to take aobut 10x 128gb SD cards or 20x 64gb sd cards and my chargers and batteries, and literally shoot onto the cards and then pack them safely into my waterproof pelican card case. Ill have a wifi enabled iphone and thats it. Obviously a GPS, batteries and chargers too, but I just cant stand the idea of being a slave to swathes of gear..
Am I being naive? Should I be doing something else?

by Joe Owens at 2012-02-20 07:15:31 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Travelling light is nice, but making back-ups on a tiny laptop and a second back-up on a tiny hard drive is even nicer. And if you suddenly get an unexpected assignment like me on holiday recently that tiny laptop is no luxury but a necessity.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 20 Feb 2012 09:02 (ed. Feb 20 2012) | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→

I would go out and run some sims on it even if it means you don’t leave your homebase——just so you can see how it would work. So go out and shoot and load it up like you would have to on the road. I get your comment on carrying all the rig around but its not that bad against being limited on what you can shoot because you did not bring what you wished you had.

You could always get an ftp to a google docs account and load it there——it will hold a lot but if it got crazy you could a friend pull your stuff off every now and then. Tommie C’s advice is good as well as you never know what you are going to come across so if you are ready you can help pay a part of your trip; you never know what is going to happen—-its happened to me as well.


by David Bro | 20 Feb 2012 15:02 | orange county, california, United States | | Report spam→
The biggest weakness with your system is only having one copy of your data.
Following a post by TVC a while ago I bought an 11 inch Acer Timeline X laptop for travelling with. Weighs next to nothing, not to expensive to leave home, runs Photoshop CS 5.5, Première, Lightroom. Apart from backing up, the laptop also lets you check your sensor for dust, make sure your focus is still working properly… The generally accepted “safe” backup procedure is three copies in two locations. The saying goes, “If it doesn’t exist in three places, it doesn’t exist at all.”

by DPC | 20 Feb 2012 17:02 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
I carry with me a 10" Asus netbook + an external HD. When I download pictures I do it both to the PC and the HD, so I always have two copies. I don’t like the idea of having everything on big cards, since a malfunction may mean losing lots of pictures. Don’t think it’s wise to take that risk just for the sake of not carrying 1,5Kgs…

by Patricio Murphy | 21 Feb 2012 02:02 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
DPC glad my post helped you decide on a laptop. At the time I was prety sure that one was the best option for travel. Still is perfect for me. I guess there are even better otions these days.

David, indeed, weird but good things happen. I had my mind set on that beach and a coconut full of booze. Instead I was looking for a translator, scouting a location and shooting a story which is in the end my ultimate way of enjoying life, getting to know a country and meeting interesting people along the line. And it did pay for the flights!

3 to 6 months is long for any trip defenitely without being able to look at your images, contemplate, rethink how to approach the same or a similar location, see what is missing. And doing some iptc during a dull moment saves a lot of time later too.

My set up was very minimal btw: small laptop, hd and an iphone 4s that doubled as my camera. The total weight was less than a 5D with 3 lenses which often breaks my back on a regular day in the valley.

Final tip: For traveling and staying in guesthouses (especially India) I always bring such a metal string kensington lock with me so when I go for a pee the laptop is attached to the table in the guesthouse’s lobby. or you lock it to the sink in the room if you dont wanna carry it to the Taj Mahal.

Have a safe trip Joe

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 21 Feb 2012 17:02 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→

by Gregory Sharko | 21 Feb 2012 22:02 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Although I’ve come to realize digitalistas have little appreciation of irreverence, this post does make me smile at how, not so long ago, you were all laughing at Luddite film photographers having to carry all those rolls everywhere and getting hassled at airport security checks. All I can say is give me a bag full of film any day compared to having to carry all that electronic crap mentioned above. Plus, ain’t no one going to bother stealing my Holga or my film. However, I do kind of envy you Tom for getting assignments so seemingly effortlessly. Bon voyage.

by Nigel Amies | 22 Feb 2012 03:02 (ed. Feb 22 2012) | Vientiane, Laos | | Report spam→

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