The Importance of Traveling Light by Remy Musser
When travelling for extended periods of time, choosing the right equipment is crucial.
My next trip will be for about 50 days and I will be going to Athens Greece, Phuket Thailand, Singapore, Hoi An Vietnam, Koh Phi Phi Thailand and Krabi Thailand.
I've been doing this kind of trip every year and I never really know what I’m going to shoot.
In the past I used a camera backpack trying to stay under the 8kg carry-on limitation, an empty camera shoulder bag in my carry-on for daily use, and a messenger bag for ‘’light’’ walks.
Over the past few years I have managed to reduce my camera gear weight in half. Now almost everything fits into my carry-on (Vanguard Up-Rise II 38 Messenger Bag) and the Vanguard Sydney II 18 Messenger Bag). Three camera bodies, action cam, six lenses, memory cards, spare batteries, mini tripod, Surface pro 3, tablet, cleaning kit and external HDD.
I use the Vanguard Up-Rise II 38 Messenger Bag most of the time as the expansion system allows me to resize it and the Vanguard Sydney II 18 messenger bag for light casual walks (one camera).
The Vanguard Up-Rise II 38 Messenger Bag and Vanguard Sydney II 18 messenger bag has become the perfect travel combo for me.
Tripods are often neglected by photographers even if they are just as important as cameras and lenses.
Even with IBIS and stabilizer lenses, it's ideal to use a tripod at all times to ensure sharpness. However we (photographers) hate to carry them around!
I normally shoot with a three camera setup; the first one for my main composition on the Vanguard VEO 204AB, the second one as a more mobile handheld camera, and the third one on a mini tripod/clamp for timelapses.
For the past year I have used the Vanguard VEO 204AB and I’m loving it! It’s size and weight makes me often forget that I am carrying it on my shoulder. It’s versatile, and so far it's been resilient to everything I could throw at it (mud, sea water, sand, dust…)
It’s also just the right size for my Sony A7 series cameras and will easily fit into my suitcase.
French born photographer Remy Musser has been based in Greece for over fifteen years, sharing his time between Greece, France and south east Asia and producing photographs with just the right amount of visual impact to allow the viewer to feel the essence of the image presented before them. Remy is a full time stock photographer, with one of the world’s largest stock portfolio.