Packing List – Equipment

I  store this packing list in my bag to make packing efficient. I modify it if a trip has special considerations. Please feel free to copy this list and modify it for your unique needs or to share this link with your friends.
Camera Bag
Store cameras and lenses in plastic bags …
2 Cameras – Canon 5DSR
2 Camera – Battery Charger With Extra Battery
1 Universal Power Strip
1 Universal Electrical Adaptor
1 Lens – 11-24mm
1 Lens – 24-170mm
1 Lens – 70-200mm
1 2X Extender
1 Camera Rain Cover
4 Memory – CF Cards
4 Memory – SD Cards
1 Sensor Cleaner Dry Brush
2 Sensor Cleaner Wet Swab
1 Lens Cloth
1 Tripod and Tripod Head (store with clothing)
1 Gorillapod
1 iPhone Tripod Adaptor
Computer Bag
Store hard drives and pens in plastic bags …
1 Computer – Mac Book Pro
1 Computer – Mac Book Pro – Power Supply With Adaptors
1 Harddrive – Bootable Copy of Portable Computer
2 Harddrives – Raw Files and Raw Files Backup
1 Card Reader and Cable
1 Microphone and adaptor
1 iPad Power Supply and Cord
1 iPad to VGA Adaptor
1 Miniport to VGA Adaptor
1 iPad and Cable
1 Earbuds
1 Apple Pencil
1 Mechanical Pencil
3 Pens Varying Thickness
1 Pack of Paper (emergency contact info, copy of insurance, copy of passport, notes, blank)
1 Screencleaner
1 Hand Sanitizer
1 Eyedrops
1 Benadryl
1 Powerbar
If International Add
1 Passport
1 Carnet (or paper of insurance policy above)
1 Global Entry
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.
View my webinar The Art Of Travel here.

View my Equipment Packing List here.

View my Clothes Packing List here.

Find out about the tools I use here.

My Packing List – Clothes

I  store this packing list in my bag to make packing efficient. I modify it if a trip has special considerations. Please feel free to copy this list and modify it for your unique needs or to share this link with your friends.
1 Wallet
1 Notecards
1 Pen
1 Business Cards
1 Watch
1 iPhone
Select these from below lists …
1 Shell
1 Soft Shell Jacket
1 Shirt
1 Belt
1 Pants
1 Underpants
1 Socks
1 Boots
1 Sunglasses
Field Work
Consider increasing numbers only if no laundry …
1 Duffle Bag Waterproof
1 Shell Jacket Waterproof
1 Shell Pants Waterproof
1 Soft Shell Jacket Water Resistant
1 Light Gloves
1 Ear muffs
1 Gators
1 Baseball Cap
3 Socks Quick Dry
3 Underpants Quick Dry
2 Shirts Short Sleeve Quick Dry
2 Shirts Long Sleeve Quick Dry
2 Pants (Zip To Shorts) Quick Dry
1 Belt
1 Light Hiking Boots Waterproof
1 Light Sport Shoes
1 Pajamas Silk
If Cold Add
3 Socks Wool
1 Long Under Wear Thin Silk
1 Long Under Wear Mid Synthetic
1 Cold Weather Hat
1 Heavy Waterproof Gloves
If Business Add
1 Leather Jacket
1 Dress shirt
1 Jeans
1 Dress Boots (optional)
1 Sweatpants
1 Bathing Suit
1 Toothbrush
1 Toothpaste
1 Mouthwash
1 Deodorant
1 Cologne
1 Shampoo/Conditioner
1 Hairbrush
1 Hairspray
3 Hairbands
1 Nail Clipper
1 Sunscreen
1 Aleve
1 Pepcid
1 Imodium
1 Drixoral
1 Scopalamine (If seasickness)
Powerbars 1 per day
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.
View my webinar The Art Of Travel here.

View my Equipment Packing List here.

View my Clothes Packing List here.

Find out about the tools I use here.

Speedliter's Handbook – Syl Arena

“Getting your Canon Speedlite to produce the light you need can be a real challenge. For those new to flash photography—or for anyone who has previously given up out of frustration—Speedliter’s Handbook is a revelation. Photographer Syl Arena takes you on a journey that begins with an exploration of light and color, moves through a comprehensive discussion of the Canon Speedlite family and all of the accessories and equipment available to the Speedliter, then settles down to crafting great light in one photo shoot after another. Whether you want to create a classical portrait, shoot an event, or simply add a little fill light to a product shot, Speedliter’s Handbook shows you how.
Illustrated with over 500 images, Speedliter’s Handbook covers:
•    how your camera sees versus how you see light
•    all the buttons and dials of the entire Canon Speedlite family
•    the basics of on-camera flash…and getting your flash off the camera
•    how to beautifully balance flash with the existing ambient light
•    all the equipment necessary for great Speedlite shots
•    how to get amazing shots with just one Speedlite
•    how and when to use E-TTL versus manual flash
•    the use of color gels to balance color, as well as create dramatic effects
•    how to tame the sun—or any really bright light—with hi-speed sync
•    and much, much more
Whether you’re shooting portraits, events, or sports, Speedliter’s Handbook is an essential resource that teaches you how to craft the light you need for any type of shot you want.”
Find out more about Syl’s lighting seminar and workshop series.
Get the book here.
Learn more at Speedliting.com.
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Set Your Mission, Goals, Projects, Actions

I don’t make new year’s resolutions. I make those kinds of commitments at any time of year, whenever it becomes clear they’re necessary. But I do make plans at the beginning of every year. I review my mission, goals, projects, and actions lists. Doing this helps me clarify where I want to go, make sure I’m on the path to getting there, outline the steps necessary to get there, and set realistic timelines.
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PhotoQuote Pro – Stock / Assignment Photo Price Guide

Looking for information on how to price licensing and assignment work?
PhotoQuote Pro is the software I use.
“When someone wants to use one of your photos, you don’t need a number pulled out of a hat, you need help to get paid fairly for your work. You need fotoQuote, the industry standard photo pricing guide for stock and assignment photography.
FotoQuote is the only source of photo pricing information for photographers that includes powerful coaching help for every category. FotoQuote not only helps you come up with a fair price for your image license, but it also gives you the negotiation information you need to help you close the sale.
FotoQuote Pro 6 has just been released and it’s our biggest upgrade in the almost twenty years since the original version of our photo pricing calculator was written. We’ve added 86 new categories bringing the total to 304. The new version now includes both still and video stock footage categories, assignment pricing, thumbnails, international currency and much more.”
Learn more about PhotoQuote here.
Find more business resources here.
Learn more in my Digital Printing and Pro Portfolio workshops.

Publish Your Photography Book

Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. They survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Himes and Swanson provide an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world.
Their forthcoming title Publish Your Photography Book also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.
Read more with my Bookmaking resources.
Learn more in my Pro Portfolio and digital printing workshops.
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PDN Photo Annual 2011 – Deadline 1/25/11

Have your work seen by top photo industry judges.
Plus, the Photo Annual is sent to over 5,000 creatives.
Awards include …
– awards celebration May 2011 in NYC
– work featured in PDN June issue and website
– $15,000 Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation Prize for Portraiture
– The Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund professional award and student award
– The Sony Emerging Photographer Award:  – camera, cash, article
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Blend It Out

It’s a perfect shot! If only those unwanted moving objects (UMOs, i.e., a person or a crowd) in the scene would disappear. As long as the unwanted elements in your frame move, even just a little, you can make them disappear from your image by taking two or more shots and using Photoshop’s layering and blending capabilities.
You don’t have to retouch your image. Blending is different than retouching. The unwanted elements aren’t covered over with new information by hiding them with replacement information similar to the surround, either from the same source or another. With blends, the information behind the moving subject is revealed. How? It’s contained in the other shot(s).
You even can do this with exposures that are made with slightly different angles of rotation or framing, so you can use this technique with handheld exposures, not just those made with a tripod. Camera motion may make manual registration difficult, but Photoshop automatically will align and, in some cases, distort the separate exposures so that they register precisely …
Read more at Digital Photo Pro.
Learn more in my digital photography ebooks.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.