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How to Pack for a Photo Trip

How to Pack for a Photo Trip

I’m getting ready to visit Nantucket again, so it’s time to start the planning the pack.Sure, the trip is all planned, so I know what time I’ll leave and arrive, and where I’ll be staying.

I’m referring to the logistics of getting the photographs I want. Sometimes it’s fun to just go, and take the opportunities as they come, but there are many aspects of this trip that require pre-planning if I’m to have any chance of getting what I want.

Here are the parameters I’ll need to work around:

This trip is not planned as a photo expedition. I’ll be going on a Boy Scout trip with my son, and we’ll be camping on Nantucket Island. This is not your typical scout trip, as families are invited, and we are free to plan our own schedule. My son will be spending the majority of the time with other scouts, so I have flexibility to plan my own excursions around the island. Our only means of transportation around the island will be bicycles. There is a great system of bicycle paths on the island, so getting around is easy, but it takes longer and everything must be carried. Efficiency and weight become primary concerns. That being said, I can pick and choose equipment for each excursion, and leave anything else behind at the base camp.

I’ll be shooting a variety of locations and events on the island, so lets consider the needs of each situation. Landscapes around the island will certainly be a big part of the trip. There will also be group gatherings for meals, as well as activities on the beach. These events will be more for the scout troop, whereas the landscape and general island shots are what I’m looking for. I'll also shot vistas and details on the ferry to and from the island.

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