Have Camera, Will Travel

Safe travels with cameras, equipment, and film media

Traveling to various areas opens up diverse opportunities for photography, so never get caught unprepared. Avoid lost pics or damaged equipment with a few precautions when traveling.

Film or Digital: Understanding the difference


Digital cameras – whether hand held or smartphone – are considered the way of the future. With numerous apps that can be downloaded, in addition to the stock controls, there’s almost nothing that can’t be done with your smartphone. As an added bonus, traveling with your smartphone is a snap! No worry about extra chargers or running out of space – simply upload your photo to your cloud storage and continue.

Travel Tip: If you’re packing a compact digital camera and media, be sure that you bring spare batteries and charger, as well as extra media. For extended travel, consider investing a few dollars into a hand-held photo storage device, which can hold thousands of high resolution photographs.


Digital single lens reflex, or DSLR, is the best of the digital and manual film photography. Partnering the instant images and varying exposure and grain with the exposure and optics of manual photography brings picture taking to a whole new plateau. Before jumping into the world of DSLR, be sure you’re familiar with the basics of manual focus and exposure, as well as the use of digital media.

Travel Tip: Because of the delicate nature of the DSLR lenses, be sure to pack them carefully, to avoid jarring.


Traditionally, film is kept refrigerated until ready to use, to preserve freshness. With modern advancement it’s become debatable whether climate control is strictly necessary, but all the experts still agree that the film should be maintained at a constant, or gently varying, temperature. To pluck a canister of film from the fridge to the hot car, only to be returned to the refrigerator unused creates artifacts on the film from the condensation. If you plan on shooting dusk or night shots, be sure to instruct the developer not to cut the negatives. Returning the negatives intact to the canister not only ensures those pictures of the fireworks are not mis-cut, but it the perfect way to keep all the information about the photo shoot – and film used – in easy reach.

Travel Tip: When traveling by car, keep all your film in the conditioned space of the main car cabin. The temperature fluctuation in the trunk can be too severe, leading to artifacts and poor images.

Keeping your equipment safe and ready for use is the first and most important step in photography. But then what? With products from Canvas art to evening bags to pet supplies, Snaptotes professional design staff will aid you in sharing or showing off your images in the most fashionable ways.

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