I've been doing landscape and fine art photography for a while now but I am new to the Stock world. As I write this blog, it will be one week from today that I will be off for a two week vacation to Egypt... I think you Europeans call it "Holiday." :-)
I've always taken lots of photos while on vacation/holiday but this is the first time I will be going with an eye for stock. It remains to be seen how successful that is. The fundamental goal is to get my camera equipment to Egypt and safely back home. And all within the constraints of airline travel.
I've purchased a compact camera bag. It will hold almost everything; the rest will be in small zipper bags and put inside a larger backpack. This has been the most frustrating part of preparation. The ideal camera bag will be compact yet big enough to hold a normal amount of camera equipment but also have room for change of clothes, water bottles, etc. I've found bags that come close but the water bottles would have to be inside the bag and on top. So what if the water bottles start to leak?
I've spent $200 on extra memory cards. I probably would have done that stock or no stock. When photography is in your blood, there is just no excuse for not being able to take pictures!
My camera requires camera-specific batteries so I purchased two extras, just in case. The charger specs say it should work with electrical power outside of my country but I bought a power converter just in case. That was $22 and worth the peace of mind.
The larger backpack I had purchased is not perfect. It's small enough to be a carry on with the airline so I can haul everything with me (no way will I throw my equipment in with the check-in bag!) but it means it's going to be an issue during the tour. I may consider bringing another pack if I have room in the checked bag.
I'm booked with a regular tour group. From my Internet research, it appears to be a typical vacation. Almost a week in Cairo and then almost a week of cruising the Nile. I will be chained to the group most of the time which will limit my ability to wander but I do plan to deviate from the tour when time permits. I have looked into hiring a taxi for a day while in Cairo in order to spend the entire day touring the pyramids. The tour has an included tour but it's at Giza for only a few hours and an optional tour to another set of pyramids. There are many pyramids near Cairo so I want to maximize my time doing that. This will probably be just one day in my life where I have a chance to do this so I want to make it a special day. It will be a long time if I do ever come back.
I'm also making a list of things to see when there is free time from the tour package. I doubt if I will be successful in doing everything on the list but it's part of being prepared when an opportunity comes up.
I'd love to hear any sage advice from anyone who has used part of their vacation to do stock while overcoming various issues of international travel. I hope you all have your own adventures too. The images I chose for this blog all have 0 sales, I don't know if this gives them exposure but if anything, I'm sure the person behind the camera was having fun. :-)