Want to travel light but still get excellent images that stand the test of time and can be enlarged and framed to grace your living room or den?

Canon offers two small cameras that shoot RAW images for those who want excellent quality without having to work with a huge camera. If you travel by plane, space is a huge consideration.

The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera is among the world's smallest and lightest shirt-pocket-sized (SPS) camera that shoots raw. This Canon is small enough to fit in a pocket and features optical image stabilization, a full 3" LCD screen, as well as a built-in pop-up flash.

We opted for the next size up, the Canon PowerShot G16 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD VideoCanon Powershot G16..
It's still incredibly small and fits in
Canon G16.Canon G16.

pockets, purses or small travel bags AND shoots RAW files (which is mandatory if you want to sell your images down the road) and JPG. It combines 10.0 megapixel sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor to create Canon's HS System for better low light performance and image quality. For those who don't want to control every aspect of these digital monsters, this camera automatically adjusts the ISO speed from ISO 320 to ISO 12800 in relation to ambient brightness, subject movement and camera shake. You can also shoot 720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output.

This section features stuff that is important to bring along. These are items considered long-time necessities after traveling around the world to 30 countries including Japan, Thailand, French Polynesia, Australia, France, Greece, Italy, England, Ireland, Turkey, Costa Rica, Mexico, kayaking through the San Juan Islands and the Sea of Cortez, and floating on cruise ships throughout the Carribbean and in the Mediterranean, . . . mustn’t forget the Channel Islands — both of them — off the coast of California and in the English Channel.

Cameras And Computers

International Freelancing

If you travel as much as we do, and if you are always seeking ways to help cover your travel costs, consider freelancing by writing articles AND submitting them with quality photographs.

Or consider painting as you go.

If you travel with a computer (which does include your cell phone), back up your drive every week or so. Last year, a storm came through our area, electrical currents surged and our hard drive was fried! However, we back up our drives on a small Seagate GoFlex 1TB Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive for Mac in Tuxedo Black with Thunderbolt Adapter STBA1000104Seagate External Drive., so nothing was lost, including includes ten years of photographs from world ports. Seagate is smaller than most wallets, so it's easy to take with you . . . and we're now backing up weekly!

Artist Supplies.An even smaller external portable drive is the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk Triple 1 TB USB 3.0 Firewire 800 (2x) Portable Hard Drive 301984La Cie External Hard Drive.. The LaCie provides universal connectivity: you've got the superior speeds of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800, and full backward compatibility with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. You can transfer a 700MB video file in less than 7 seconds with USB 3.0, compared to 25 seconds with USB 2.0. Additionally, you can use the LaCie Mac USB 3.0 Driver to improve data transfer speed on your Mac.

Ironbridge in Wales by Dianne Levy. Reprints available by clicking on the image. Laid off in 2008 and unable to find a “real” job, freelancing took up the slack . . . freelancing from anywhere in the world at any time, even during vacations on cruise ships off the coast of Italy or Greece or on bus tours of Ireland and Wales.

  • The image on the right is from Ironbridge, a Welsh mining town. It is one of the first images uploaded onto our own gallery at Artist Rising. If you're curious about how that works and are interested in writing off your travel, just click on the image. There you will find information on how you can have your own gallery on Artist Rising.

Photography can play a huge role in your independence, but there is a lot of competition and stock agencies have high standards. Shots with a small hand-held camera generally won’t get through their walls as they need huge RAW files rather than smaller jpeg files. If you have interest in pursuing that line of work, get up to speed with classes and/or with magazines such as Outdoor Photographer.

Earning sufficient income from freelancing can provide new wonderful dreams and goals: Basically, freelancing means taking your skills and providing them to a variety of buyers instead of working for just one employer. It also means, given that you will be self-employed, much of your life becomes a tax write-off. (That, of course, is something to discuss with your accountant.)

Because we build Web sites, write and take photographs, we have a great deal of freedom such as mentioned above. Cruise ships are ideal as you are in port 6-10 hours each day and on board the rest of the time. The larger ships all have computer rooms. It’s easy to work on projects while gliding through the Caribbean, Mediterranean or anywhere else in the world. Our clients generally never know when we are out of the country. We built a Web site while at sea drifting between Mediterannean ports for clients who never knew we weren’t home.

To be sure, freelancing is a dramatic brain shift; it is more difficult to juggle schedules between 5 or 10 “employers” rather than 1 or 2 in an office. It may prove difficult initially to adjust to NOT having a check directly deposited into your account each week.

Your Camera

Some years ago, I mistakenly spent two months on the road with a new camera (a Canon Rebel) and new film (Fuji) without testing either/both substantially prior to departure. The result was a $1,500 bill for film processing and hundreds of poor images. However, the journey was so special that the images are priceless to our family. The only way to "save" them is to paint them . . . the next project.

Favorite Cameras

The battle of mating egrets. We have a 15-year-old Lumix that has not been treated overly well but which still functions fantastically. Many of the shots taken with the Lumix have sold through art shows at online than any other camera, with the exception of a long-lens Nikon that enabled us to capture battling egrets in flight. These Lumix cameras shoot raw files (as well as jpeg) and they are all quite small: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical zoom and 3.0-inch LCDLumix LX7K; Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)Lumix. (one of the newest of the Lumix cameras), the really small Panasonic DMC-ZS40K Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)Lumix.. The new DMC-TZ60 is worth looking at because of its high ISO. Another upside of Lumix cameras is that most feature Leica optics, which are among the bgest in the business.

Protect Your Camera Gear.

Get a lightweight camera bag made for travel, whether you are on local trips or wandering the world: Kata KT D-3N1-22 3 In 1 Sling /Backpack with Laptop SlotKata Camera Bags. or any of the Kata Camera BagsCamera Gear. will make your travel easier and your gear safer.

Photo Walking Tours

Consider one or more photo walking tours during your travels to learn from locals who know their cities inside out and will help improve your photography technique. Shooting with a group helps you to see more as everyone has a different perspective and different level of expertise. Taking just one photo tour in a location known for its natural beauty or fascinating architecture will serve you well on all future travels.