How to distribute your weight during travel photography.
(Young boy at Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai, India)
Being a landscape and travel photographer, one of the most challenging part of my journey is to know how to plan my route well. Knowing what is needed to bring and yet not to over load my bag. I used to carry films and now I have to carry laptop and hard disk. Camera and lenses are the essential stuff and yet they are the most heaviest to carry with me on a long journey, whether it is climbing up the mountain or down the valley.
Many photographers often not very sure what to bring for their trip and they tense to bring too many equipments during their journey. Here is a short take away line for you, “Pack all you need for your journey into your bag…. remove half and that’s all you need”. Imagine with me if you have to climb up Huangshan, China and it is 15 km of steps in one day, what will you bring? Think about what you are going to see along the hike and what gears will be the essential. Or if you are driving through Scotland what can you bring with you behind your car? Or it is 40˚degrees celsius hot sunny afternoon out there in the street of India? What will you take with you? You need to plan, wear and bring the right stuff.
Recently I have decided to retired my LowePro lightweight belt system which has follow me all over the world for at least the last 15 years. It has served me very well from not having me to carry a bag with all my heavy lenses on my shoulder. With all of these great new sharper Nikon lenses I am having now it has made me think of another way to distribute the weight on my body. Knowing how to distribute the weight on my body will definitely help me to walk the extra mile.
Hope you guys enjoy this new update on my journey.Cheers