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Business Trip Photography

Airplane flying overhead against a blue skyWhile dates and times are subject to change, it is now official that I will be traveling to the UK on business for two weeks.  Naturally, my first thought was what camera gear will I take?  But see, since this is a business trip, I am somewhat limited amount of space to pack my own gear.  So, the question becomes, what do I take?

Computer

I’ve pretty much decided that I’m going to have to take my MacBook.  This will force me to carry two laptops (work provided and personal), but I really can’t figure out a way around it.  My only form of communication with my wife and friends will be through Skype and since my company completely locks down my work laptop, I have no choice but to take my own personal computer.  This brings up problem right away though.  I now have to carry on two computers.

From what I can tell, you’re better off with only one carry on bag for international travel.  So I started searching for laptop bags that would hold two laptops.  I also didn’t want to purchase a single trip item so I wanted something that I’d use for a long time.  Having owned one Timbuk2 bag, I knew that if I could, I wanted to stick with them.  Their bags are great!  So I ordered a Commute 2.0 with the idea that one laptop can go in the laptop area, and the other can go in the main compartment.  Keep in mind that I have to also have power cords, plug adapters and assorted cables for both laptops so that eats into my remaining space.  So… what room is leftover for camera gear?

Camera Gear

This is where things get tricky.  I have basically two options.  My Nikon D200 with one lens, or my Canon G10.  Remember, whatever I take has to fit in the above bag!  Now obviously, these two cameras are somewhat opposite with regards to size.  And as much as I love the G10, I’m a bit concerned that I’ll miss my dSLR once I get over there. Plus, when else will I have a chance to travel to Europe?  Shouldn’t I take the best camera possible?

On the other hand, the G10 and charger take up less space than the dSLR body itself.  And I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to remove the lens on the D200 to get it to fit into the bag.  Which means if I’m walking around, seeing sights, I’m going to have to remove the lens ever time I want to put it back in the bag.

Whatever I choose, I’m definitely packing my Ultra Pod. I received this as a gift and I can’t begin to explain how handy it is! It’s tiny, fits anywhere and is far superior to trying to balance your camera on a ledge, rock or picnic table!

So what do you take when traveling on business?

I’ve asked many people what they do when they travel for business. Everyone has different answers and it’s clear that many people have honed their preferred kit from years of experience.  For now, I’m leaning on taking my G10 and concentrating on enjoying the sites.  By all means, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Belly Dancing

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I traveled back to Michigan to visit one of her best friends who had just given birth to their first child. One night, after visiting with them, we met up with another long time friend to go watch a belly dancing show. Since I was there to enjoy time with old friends, I didn’t take my D200. Instead, I grabbed the Canon G10 and shot in RAW figuring I could do some post processing if necessary since it was a pretty dark venue. Therefore, please note that these are posted knowing that they are not “up to snuff” by photography standards!
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Canon G10 – No mass storage mode??

I love the little Canon G10. It’s a great camera that is much more portable than either of my two Nikon dSLRs. However, this little issue is enough to make me incredibly aggravated!

See, I guess I’m spoiled. My old Canon Powershot S30 (really old, but still works great to this day) had a mass storage mode. So do both my Nikon bodies. So what’s up Canon? What could possibly motivate you to remove such a helpful feature from your camera? And looking around online, I’m not the only one! In fact, it appears that many of the Canon dSLR bodies don’t have a mass storage mode either!

So let’s back up a step. With most cameras I’ve used, I shoot photos, they get saved to a flash memory device (either Compact Flash or Secure Digital) and I put the aforementioned card into a card reader. This works good for me. I don’t have to get out a cable and open the side of my cameras to attach the USB cable, and most card readers boast faster transfer speeds than the camera itself. So why, you ask don’t I just do this for the Canon G10? Good question!

When I bought my Nikon D50 which uses SD cards, I purchased a few 2GB SD cards for shooting. These worked well and were all I really needed. I got plenty of photos on each card (6 megapixel images) and I don’t like to store all my “eggs in one basked” so to speak. With the purchase of the Canon Powershot G10, I found that the 15 megapixel RAW files were so large that a 2GB card simply wasn’t enough. I found a good deal on a 4GB SDHC card and went for it. Little did I know that my SD card reader didn’t support the “HC” (high capacity) format of the cards. Bummer for me.

After a weekend of shooting in RAW I decided to copy the images off the card, run my custom renaming script on them and import them into Lightroom. Finding that my card reader wasn’t going to cut it, I simply pulled out a USB cable and plugged the camera directly into my MacBook. But wait! No icon appeared on my desktop. I tried my wife’s computer. No dice. Strange. I opened up Lightroom and behold, it recognized the camera. But wait! I can only import the photos into the Lightroom catalog. I don’t want to do this yet! I want to rename them first!

See, Canon, in all their infinite wisdom, decided that their cameras were too good for a Mass Storage mode which allows them to look like an external hard drive. Why? Well, that you’ll have to take up with the fine folks at Canon.

In the end, i worked around the problem by importing the files into Lightroom, deleting them from Lightroom (but leaving them on the hard drive), running my renaming script and then re-importing them into Lightroom. Phew! And then I went to bed. Needless to say, I’ll be posting some of the images I took soon, as well as investing in a newer SDHC card reader.

New Camera and Renewed Inspiration …

… and no.  The new camera is not the Nikon D700 for those curious!

Over the past few months, I’ve had a terrible time staying motivated.  Yes, I admit it.  And while it’s easy to blame this on a general lack of commitment to my photography, I hesitate to do so for numerous reasons.  Frankly, I won’t bore everyone with the laundry list of non-photographic events going on in my life.  However, I will say that the two of my biggest problems have been the overwhelming dreary weather here in Upstate New York and the fact that during the brief sunny interludes, my camera has not been handy.

Therefore, I’m taking an active interest in photography going forward and attempting to carry my camera around more.

Which brings me to my next point.  Our new camera!  There have been numerous times where I’d love to take my camera, but my D200 dSLR simply isn’t either practical, or it is way too intrusive.  Enter the Canon Powershot G10.  With the amount of hiking, walking and general outdoor activities, I did a lot of research and attempted to come up with a solution where I could shoot RAW images, I could exert a decent amount of control over shutter speed and aperture and a camera which took impeccable photos on it’s most simple settings when I want a point and shoot alternative.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s no D200.  However, it has a ton of pixels (14.7 Megapixels) and from what I can tell, the JPEG output is outstanding.  I still haven’t had a chance to try out the RAW functionality to any extent but will do my best to report back when I have.

After a few weeks of use, I have formed a pretty decent opinion of basic operation — superb.  It handles very much like a compact dSLR and with the really large 3″ rear screen, it’s sublimely simple to compose and take photos.  In fact, I have found that I really crave a live-view type ability on my D200 simply for ease of composition / framing.

My other favorite feature are the two custom setting banks.  In addition to the fully automatic “Auto” mode, Program mode, Shutter / Aperture Priority mode and fully manual, there are also two custom modes labeled C1 and C2 on the control dial.  What these allow is for the user to select one, customize just about everything and then come back to it later.  This proved especially useful for my wife last weekend when we were attempting to take photos at a theater production.  For this, we wanted no flash, no focus assist lamp and automatic ISO selection.  However, before and after, my wife wanted to have fully auto available.  Therefore, it was simply a matter of turning the control dial and she was able to easily switch from one mode to another with no fuss.  A great feature on a point and shoot camera.

I’ll attempt to offer a more complete review as I’ve used it more.