Travelling light sounds great but isn't always easy for a photographer. You need to protect your camera from various hazards of travel - knocking around in transit, bumping around on a camel, dust and sand from Egypt's deserts or salt from the Red Sea - as well as not ruining your enjoyment by leaving vital kit at home.
Perhaps you even add in a photographic specialism - wildlife photography? underwater photography? - to complicate matters. A well chosen bit of kit can make all the difference to your enjoyment of your holiday and to the quality of your images. Here we take a look at kit which can help travelling photographers.
We also consider a couple of travel photo printers. Both can print directly from your digital camera via USB or from your mobile phone via bluetooth. The Canon Selphy CP730, which prints top quality postcard-sized images is the bulkier the two featured printers, but has more functionality and prints bigger images. The Polaroid PoGo is truly tiny (and produces tiny prints). Weighing in at less than a packet of butter and scarcely any bigger than a mobile phone - this wonder machine prints out waterproof, sticky-backed small photographic prints, fast and without any ink! Obviously the prints aren't of especially high quality, but are acceptable. So, what's price tag, you ask? Well, the replacement ZINK (zero-ink) paper, which uses clever new crystal technology, costs around 10p per sheet - and no ink cost to factor in. The printer itself . . . just £22 -ish. I'm impressed. And so are lots of reviewers on amazon. Details below.
Giotto carbon fibre lightweight tripods are good quality and sturdy, but also light weight and stable - good for photography both and for bird watching telescopes. They make your holiday packing and carrying easier - but without sacrificing your images - and are easy to use in the field.
Joby Gorillapods - and similar gadgets - are very handy at times. A bit like taking a 'spare pair of hands' where ever you go!
There's also a Joby Gorillapod Ball Head
GoPro - the ultimate in photography gear for travelling and sports!
Take a look at some great GoPro gear
Travel photography - especially in Egypt - requires...
Look for dustproof-ness, and class 10 technology with ultra-fast reading and transfer speeds. Get the fastest your camera can cope with - but make sure it can handle the memory size too.
see DUSTPROOF MEMORY CARDS at Amazon
Perfect for travellers, this card is built for - and tested in - harsh conditions. It is temperature proof, waterproof, shock proof and x-ray proof. It will effortlessly and rapidly process everything you shoot in continuous burst mode, Full HD and 4K Ultra HD video, thanks to its 80/50 MB/s read/write speeds. Perfect for MIL cameras, Android smartphones and tablets.
I like to travel light, so the Canon Selphy isn't quite my idea of an essential piece of travel photography equipment - but it is a very impressive bit of kit!
The Selphy takes postcard sized (6" x 4") paper, and can also print passport-style ID photos using the I.D. size setting (a maximum of six images per sheet). Thumbnails, credit-card sized pictures and square-format Instagram-style prints are all possible.
It uses dye sublimation on postcard sized sheets (6" x 4"). A heat control allows different finishes - gloss or three variations of semi-gloss (with great smudge and fingerprint resistance) - all using the same paper. Connection is directly from your camera2, USB or memory card, but not wifi. Each colour is printed separately, so be sure to wait for the paper to finish passing to and fro. The prints are extremely high quality, with a water-resistant and fade-resistant coating and excellent durability.
The Selphy has editing software and a tilting 2.7in LCD screen. Editing options (Auto Image Optimize) includes crop, remove red-eye and noise, correct colour cast, enhance blue skies and sunsets and Smooth Skin mode for flattering portraits.
At 25 x 22 x 14 cm, it's about as bulky as a hefty paperback (think War and Peace). You can't replace individual inks, they're all-in-one. A set of ink cartridges and 108 sheets of paper can be bought as a single pack (approx £23 - or around 21p per photo) . The ink is designed to print all 108 sheets, but what are you printing... a white-clad bedouin in a sandy desert? Or deep green palm trees against vivid blue sky?
The PoGo Digital Photo Printer is completely mobile, uses rechargeble (Li-ion) batteries, prints sticky back photos in 60 seconds with clean technology (no ink to mess up your suitcase!). And the prints are touch-dry and waterproof as soon as they come out!
The mini-prints make lovely gifts to thank people who are kind enough to pose for you.
Weighs: 0.227kg (less than a packet of butter) - and similar in size to a mobile phone.
Click to see a huge selection of camera chargers, all waiting to keep your camera alive and at the ready as you travel - including the Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 5V and 12V Solar Portable Charger (illustrated above). The Powermonkey is a light weight but rugged (and waterproof) solar powered charger for simultaneously charging 5V and 12V devices. (It also charges apple devices using a sync/charge cable supplied by Apple.)