First Vacation as a Stocker: Egypt

posted on 12th of september, 2009

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...

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Posted by Bradcalkins on September 14, 2009
I would suggest taking a macro lens or at least having close focusing abilities - there are a lot of different textures and colors in a foreign land! I've done quite a bit of travel and things are getting easier - many hotels have power bars with universal outlets and battery powered equipment rated for 220V can be plugged into anything without a convertor. However, in the end you have to take the adapters and converters just in case. I'd also make sure to take a polarizer.
Posted by Melonstone on September 13, 2009
How exciting! Like you I had trouble fitting everything camera related in a carry-on bag, but managed to do it & included a laptop for downloading as well. I used a small wheelie suitcase which fitted in an overhead locker - with some juggling everything goes in, including leads, battery chargers, adaptors etc. The suitcase was for travel purposes only though so you would still need to pack a backpack/camera case.

Don't forget the small details - it's easy to get carried away by the big stuff (ie pyramids etc) but miss the fanastic colours and shapes that are included in Eygptian architecture, such as unusual doorways and fancy ironwork.

Definitely do plenty of internet research before going to ensure you get to see the good stuff but avoid the tourist rip offs - they've all been photographed to death anyway. You probably won't get to see half of what you'd like to, but hopefully what you do see will be worth it. Have fun and enjoy.
Posted by Creativei on September 13, 2009
great preparation. hope you have fantastic two weeks in Egypt. And dont forget to try some Arabic Coffee, and some Arabic Food. Well waiting for your travel images.

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