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 STBA1000104, 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!
An even smaller external portable drive is the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk Triple 1 TB USB 3.0 Firewire 800 (2x) Portable Hard Drive 301984. 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.
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.
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.
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 LCD
; Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black)
(one of the newest of the Lumix cameras), the really small Panasonic DMC-ZS40K Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
. 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 Slot or any of the Kata Camera Bags 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.