Coming up on this episode of Photography Online... we give you top tips for taking
great holiday photos... we shoot from the comfort of our home... and we show you how to pack a bag!
Welcome to part one of our June 2021 show which is sponsored by Pouch which i'll be telling you
more about later. This month we're bringing you the show from a rather special place - Armadale
Castle. This is one of those under the radar locations here on the Isle of Skye which often
gets overlooked by visitors, but I'm going to show you why this should be top of your list
if you plan on visiting the island. Before all of that though, let's get the show off and running.
With international travel opening up again and the summer fast approaching, the photography
online experts thought they would share their top tips for taking great holiday photos. If you're
often left a little underwhelmed by your holiday snaps then grab a pen and get ready to take notes.
Photography is not all about taking amazing images which are good enough to be hung on a wall
or entered into a competition. Sentimentally shots of friends and family are far more
valuable than great landscape shots, so it's important to remember to take photos
which will act as a record of your time and become treasured memories for the future.
When out and about I often see families on holiday taking photos of themselves to document
their experiences. Now while I appreciate that they're not trying to win any awards with their
photos, sometimes I see them doing something that's fundamentally wrong
and I have to resist the urge to run over and offer some advice. Now I'd probably be
told where to go, and maybe quite rightly so, but surely these never-to-be-repeated moments should
be captured in the best way possible? If you agree, then we've put together a few handy tips
to ensure that next time you come back from your travels, you do so with the best possible images.
Ideally you want the sun low in the sky and off to one side. This creates softer light and longer
shadows which are far more appealing in a photo. This isn't going to be the case if you're at a
location in the middle of the day so you might want to think about trying to venture out earlier
or later than you normally would do. Instead of planning a walk on the beach at 2pm, try doing it
before breakfast or after dinner as this is likely to provide far more attractive light which can
make a huge difference even on shots taken with a phone. The other advantage of being out early or
late is that there will be fewer people around so not only will you get better light but you
also get a better experience of the location that you're visiting. The lower the sun is in the sky
the more attention needs to be placed on where it is in relation to yourself and your subject.
If you're taking a family portrait with the light behind you then your subjects
are going to be squinting. And if the light is in front of you - i.e behind your subject,
then you're going to end up with a silhouette. If possible, try to position your subject in
the shade but close to where there's sunlight hitting the ground. This is likely to provide a
very flattering light and a sparkle in the eyes. Overcast days provide great light for portraits.
When photographing children, try to position the camera at their eye level as looking down
on people rarely has a pleasing outcome, unless you want to portray the subject as
being vulnerable in some way. The same applies to anyone sitting down - don't stand over them and
point the camera downwards. Instead crouch or kneel to bring the camera down to their
eye level as this gives a much more personal connection between the viewer and the subject.
Try to capture natural expressions rather than false smiles. If you ever find yourself shouting
"say cheese", then it's probably time to book yourself onto one of our workshops.
You can't really capture the spirit of a place without including the local traditions
and cultures and this of course is likely to involve photographing the locals going
about their daily lives. One can snipe people on a telephoto lens from a distance but you
will never know who they are. These pictures may have merit but they will certainly not
be as personal as they could have been if you'd actually engaged with your subjects.
Now this engagement can be a daunting experience for many, most, if not all of us photographers,
but it can also be incredibly rewarding,
so how do we go about overcoming this? If you see someone you would like to take a photo of,
here's a tried and tested method. Firstly and most importantly of all, be yourself and tell
the truth. And be respectful and have a clear plan of what it is you wish to say in mind
before engaging with the person themselves. This will give you confidence and they will sense it.
Approach them and say hello. Introduce yourself. Tell them your name and where you come from.
Explain that you've come to visit their country or area etc and tell them what you've seen so far
being positive of course. Say that you're enjoying your trip very much but you're looking forward
to showing friends and family what a great place it is when you return home.
Basically you are building the impression that you are going to be an ambassador for their
home, their area, their country. You can do all of this even if you don't
speak the same language. Once you feel the conversation is coming to a natural end,
thank them for their time and ask them if it would be okay for you to take a picture or two of them.
Explain it will only take a moment or two and be honest and say that it is part of the reason you
spoke to them in the first place - they caught your eye. It's the truth so why not tell them.
The answer now will almost certainly be a "yes" as they will want to be part of your memories.
At this point you should have a basic idea of the style of picture you wish to create
and the rough settings should already be in place on your camera.
Once you have someone's permission don't just take a quick shot and think thank goodness that's done
and run for the hills, back into the shadows. Take a little time, reposition them, or yourself
if necessary. Think about your composition. Think about the story you're trying to tell. They will
want the photo to be as good as possible so they should be willing to cooperate with your requests.
With this kind of photography please keep in mind that your pictures are actually not that
important. You're not shooting images to change the course of history, although you never know I
guess. The point is, don't harass people and use your common sense. Keep safe, make the experience
for both you and your subjects a positive one. You can exchange email addresses, you can send
copies. Lastly and importantly, please don't pay people for their time, it's just not cool.
The most common mistake with wildlife photography is missing the moment. You need to be able
to predict what's going to happen and get the camera ready to record your prediction rather
than what's already happening. Many cameras have a slight delay as they try to focus on the subject
and this can cause you to miss the shot. To enable the camera to take the photo instantaneously,
pre-focus by lightly pressing down on the shutter button until focus on your subject
has been confirmed. When your subject is in the right position or doing something interesting,
press firmly down to take the photo. If you want to take more than one shot of the same subject,
assuming it's not moving closer or further away, then as long as you don't take your finger off the
shutter you can keep pressing and each photo will be immediate, as the focus has already been set.
There are a couple of very simple rules for ensuring decent architectural shots the first
is to avoid converging verticals. This is where a building looks like it's falling over backwards
and it is caused when you have to point the camera in an upwards direction in order to include the
very top of the building. To avoid this falling effect you need to ensure your camera is pointing
straight ahead - dead level. Assuming of course you are standing at ground level you will now
probably have lots of unwanted foreground at the very bottom of the frame and will be cutting off
the roof of the building at the top of the frame. This is not great, so try to include the top of
the building by either turning the camera on its side, zooming out, or by moving further away from
the building itself. The important thing is to get the entire building included in the frame
without pointing the camera upwards. Take the shot and you will see that the building is now
upright and vertical. You may well find that the extra foreground helps set the scene regardless.
If you have excess unwanted foreground simply crop it off later in post-production.
The second tip for shooting buildings is to try and include two sides, ideally each one
in a different light. For example, if you shoot a building from head-on you won't be able to see
either of its sides and regardless of light it will appear rather flat and one-dimensional. But
if you move to one side or another and shoot the same building at around 45 degrees you
will now be looking at the front and one of the sides of the building and this is much better.
If you can also get the front in sunlight and the side in shade then this is better still
as it helps you give the building an even more three-dimensional appearance.
Try where possible to place your subject away from the center of the frame. If your subject
has a direction - for example has a front and a back such as a vehicle or a person, then position
it so that it's facing into the frame. If your subject has no direction and is being side lit,
then try to position it on the opposite side to where the light is coming from. Of course, if
you have symmetry around your subject then placing it in the center of the frame may work. Generally
speaking though, placing your subject off to one side gives a more pleasing balance to your photo.
Sometimes you may see an amazing scene in front of you and think
"oh that'll make a nice photo". However, upon showing the masterpiece to your friends and family
may leave them a little bit glassy eyed and holding back the yawns. A likely culprit could
be because your photo is lacking a focal point - somewhere for the viewer's eye to settle on.
Adding an anonymous person to your scene can provide such a focal point and it's often
just a case of being patient and waiting for the perfect subject to walk into the perfect position.
It sounds obvious but make sure your lens is clean. This is a common mistake people
make when shooting on their phones. How often do you check to see if the lens is free from grubby
fingerprints or dust from your pocket when you take a shot on your phone? The smaller the lens
the bigger the problem dirt and grease will cause, so a phone will really suffer in this area.
A clean lens will produce sharper images and increase contrast for crisp and clear photos.
If you're shooting with the sun in front of you but not in the frame
then try to place a shadow from your hand over your lens as you take the shot.
This will increase the clarity and contrast of your photo.
If you're heading off on your holidays soon then hopefully some of those tips will be useful.
Now as I mentioned, this month we're bringing you the show from Armadale Castle which is situated in
the south of the Isle of Skye and was once the seat of the Mcdonald's. The castle, gardens and
museum are now run by a charitable trust dedicated to promoting the history and traditions of the
Clan Donald and the Highlands and Islands. As you can see, it is a great place for photography,
especially from May through to October when the grounds will be looking at their very best. So
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Now if you're a regular Photography Online viewer, you'll be familiar with our Schools Out series
where we've been teaching our 8-year-old star student the basics of photography. This time she's
switching from her film camera to a digital camera as she tries to capture her first photos of garden
birds. She's very excited to share everything she's been doing over the past few days, so
without further delay let's hand you over to the cutest member of the team, along with her not so
So welcome to Schools Out and here we have our star student. Do you remember your name? Xiana. That's a good start isn't it. And what are we photographing today? We're photographing
garden birds. We're in our kitchen looking out our window. And outside here what have we done?
Outside um so we've built like a little pole, hung up two bird feeders - one's full of fat balls and
the other is filled with seeds and we sprinkled some seeds on the ground and also given out bread.
Okay um and why don't you show everybody what you've got in your bird photographer's bag. First
of all let's show everyone what you've got on the front. Do you know what bird this is? Corncrake.
Yeah. Have you seen any yet? um no. No you will see some soon though. They'll be here soon.
I've got my bird book. So why is this important? Because if we meet any new birds that come to our
garden we can look at them in this bird book and then we'll find out the type of bird what type
of bird it is. Yep. What else is in there? Binoculars, so we can look out the window.
Okay and what kind of binoculars are these? Um they are small binoculars made by
Kite Optics. Are they good binoculars? Yes. Yeah they're very good for the size aren't they.
Little hands like that, and they're very powerful and very clear. Yes. Right now I can see two
starlings feeding on the fat balls right now through the binoculars. Okay and what else?
I have got my notebook for writing down all the different types of birds I see each day. So on the
first day I started doing the bird watch I've seen a robin, starling and also um we've seen
eagle. Lots of little girls like you when they started their bird keeping diary they would have
put robin at the beginning okay. And then the next one down is starling. The starlings are probably
the most common bird that we've seen out of here because they always arrive in lots of big numbers
don't they. But then third, this is going to be unique to you because no one else is going to
have a list of birds that says 'robin, starling, eagle', because eagles eagles are very rare in the UK. It's
only here in the north west of Scotland that you can really see them. Yes. But you see them all the
time don't you? Yes. Not on the bird table because that would probably fall over if they came down
and landed on that. It wouldn't be able to take the weight would it. it would be like me sitting on it!
Yeah. Oh look at that. What's that one there? It's a pied wagtail. It's very close
to the door because we actually fed out a pile of seeds right at the end of the door.
Why is this called a wagtail? Because as it walks it like wags its tail.. goes woop woop! How does it go?
What noise does it make though? Woop!
Okay so let's talk about the equipment that we're going to use okay. Because this is your camera
that you've been using up until now isn't it, but why are we not using your camera to do this?
Because it's a film camera? Well... number one it's a film camera so you wouldn't be able to see
if you were getting good shots would you? Yes. But more importantly the longest lens that you've got
on this camera is 135mm and it's not auto focus okay. So because the birds are moving a
lot you really need a camera with auto focus so it locks on very quickly. But tell people what
lens this is. So we are using the 500mm lens. Okay and what does that do? What does the
500mm do? It makes and can look very close into the birds. While we're waiting for more birds to come
down shall we bring in our early warning bird system? Yes AKA my brother. Yeah so why don't you
tell everybody about your brother. So my brother's name is Miles. He is disabled so he can't talk.
He just makes sounds like "um". But he likes watching the birds very much doesn't he? Yes he's learned
a lot about the birds during lockdown and loves watching them and sometimes we just
leave him to sit here and wait for a bird to come and when a bird comes he alerts us by shouting "uh".
So I know that we have many uh viewers who are, you know, limited in mobility and find it difficult
to get out of the house, so um my son is severely disabled so um you know it's not often that he
can go to places and take photos but this is one of those situations where he can get involved
and join in. So shall we go and get Miles and then he can start
taking photos can't he. Yes he loves taking photos. All right let's go and get the boy.
Okay there he is. Now then this is our early warning system. All right
Miles you're going to say hello to everybody? Miles you're going to say hello to everybody?
Okay, right now when you see a bird... actually look, before you go any further it's a good job
you've got your camouflage trousers on Miles because otherwise the birds would see you
wouldn't they? Yes. All right so you got your camo gear on that means you're in stealth mode.
Okay so what we want you to do is you tell us when you see a bird okay? So because Miles can't
use binoculars and can only use his eyes then we've got the live view on the camera here with
a magnified view on so that it's the same as him looking through binoculars, basically so he gets
to appreciate the birds close up. And you can also take some photos can't you because you can tell me...
you tell you tell daddy when you want to take a photo. Make sure it's a good one.
Okay done! That's miles's photo. You captured all of the birds looking over there.
That's very good timing Miles. If you want me to take another photo Miles you just shout.
There we go, look at that! What great timing. Wow look at that action shot. So we've got enough
photos of birds now. Yes. What advice would you give people who want to do this from their own house?
So I would give them advice to um if they have a big window look out from that window
and put up a bird feeder in front of the window and then they can get good shots um
find some bird seeds or bird food to bring the birds in for photos yeah and stuff. And what kind
of lens do you think they need? A very long lens to make the birds big in the photo? Yeah they
need like a quite long lens if and they have put the bird feeder far far away but
try not to put it too close to the door it will make the birds feel a little bit
nervous and a little bit scared. Yeah and if you don't want, because we've just been taking
pictures of the birds on the fence and on the feeder because we don't really, we're
not trying to get award-winning photos, we're not trying to get wildlife photos we're just trying to
give you some practice and teach you about birds aren't we, so if people want to take better quality
photos then they could put some branches like some tree branches outside so the birds can sit on the
branches and then they can photograph them on the branches instead of on the feeder like we're doing.
Yes. And what about the background as well? What do you think is good background? A good background
is like some hills or like countryside stuff. Yeah. Do you think houses are a good background?
Not that much. No not very good. So you want trees or hills
Yeah, like nature background. Yeah nature background, very good.
Okay Miles tell us when any birds are coming okay.
Because that's your job. That's what you're hired for. That's how you get the money!
Apparently that's how you get the money Miles.
What a great way to get young ones into photography, as well as nature. All the photos you saw there were taken by the kids and as
Marcus explained, while they're not going to win any wildlife awards they do provide a fun reason
to use a camera and teach the importance of becoming familiar with your subject.
Now before we go any further I just wanted to say a huge thanks to everybody who's joined us
for our monthly webinar event Mc2 Live. This is our 90-minute live show where we look at various
topics including giving our opinion on some of the photos submitted by our audience. We've now
extended the show by adding on some Extra Time at the end and this part we're making free to watch
on our sister youtube channel Mc2Photography. So if you want to hear the team chatting away
about all things photography then give it a watch. There's a link in the description below. And on the
subject of our Mc2 Live webinar, we'll hopefully be broadcasting a live sunset shoot in the coming
shows so that should be good fun. Please do join us if you can. Still to come we'll be showing you how to
best pack a camera bag for travel so stick around for that. Now as you know we like to cover many
areas of photography as we can here on Photography Online and this includes film photography. Our
regular feature Analog Affairs has looked at a few different cameras over the past year or so
and these have always been presented by Marcus. However, Nick fancied a piece of the action so
borrowed a camera and a couple of rolls of film to see how easy, or difficult it is.
I've been taking photographs for around 35 years now which means that when I started I was using one of these
not one of these. But when the digital revolution arrived, I jumped on board and haven't looked back since.
I mean who would still want to shoot film when it's so much more convenient using one of these?
Well it turns out quite a lot of people do, as film photography has gone through a major revival.
Prices of old film gear were at an all-time low a few years ago when supply outweighed demand,
with amazing cameras and lenses going for bargain prices.
But now things have changed and the balance has shifted, with demand now outweighing supply.
I remember my film days consisting of long waits to see how bad my exposures were.
But I reckon I've improved my skills since then. Okay the wait may still be there,
possibly even longer, but maybe that's part of the appeal? To find out I've got hold of
an analog camera and a couple of rolls of film to see if I can discover what all the fuss is about.
Having got used to high resolution photos from the latest digital cameras my expectations as to what
is acceptable when it comes to image quality has got much higher since the last shot film,
so to go back to 35mm probably won't be giving film much of a chance. So I'm taking things
to the next level. This is a medium format film camera which takes 6 x 9 cm frames,
giving plenty of detail to compete with the standards I am now used to. Now I have to explain...
I've never used medium format film before so this is new territory to me, but how hard can it be?
Well I've decided to document my attempts to see what's driving the current resurgence in analog photography.
Okay. So the first task was to load the film which sounds quite easy but
if you've never done it before and never been shown then take it from me, it's not.
Now what I should not be doing is unrolling the film like that. What I should be doing is
putting the film into the camera, but as you can see... I'm not!
After ruining my first roll of film before I'd even got it into the camera (S*&t!), a new day brought the promise of a new start, so here we go - take two...
This week I've been out with a film camera for the first time. Now I've gone to
various locations around Skye and I've come here this morning to try and get another shot.
I've got a clear horizon over to the east so I will get light. I haven't got massive amount of clouds
behind me but because I'm going to get light I should get a reasonable shot and i'm shooting on
Fuji Velvia which is a nice saturated film so that'll help with the blue sky. Now I've
been excited to use a film camera but I've also been rather nervous by using it. One of the main
reasons, especially with this camera is that I've only be given two rolls of film and each roll of
film only takes eight exposures. And with this particular camera, it's a rangefinder camera so
when you're looking through the viewfinder you're not actually looking through the lens
so you must remember to take the lens cap off because you won't see that so let's do that now.
So I'll set my composition. Now like I said, this is a rangefinder camera
and when i'm looking through the viewfinder, you know I'm not 100% sure if i've got my composition right
but because this is a 90mm lens which equates to about 45mm in 35mm cameras,
it's giving me a slightly wider angle than I would normally shoot this scene from because I'd usually shoot this at 50mm
so it gives me a little leeway with my composition.
So let's just double check that and there we go. Right so that's composition check. Now we've got
to focus. so I kind of work through this workflow... composition, focus, set my aperture ,and then meter
for my for my exposure. So focusing on this is relatively simple, but sometimes you don't know
if you've exactly got it right because when you look through the viewfinder you've got
a tiny circle in the middle and it's something I believe it's called split focusing so you get to
see kind of that part of the scene twice and as you bring it into focus they join together
and that is there now that happens to be infinity. I know that's fine because everything in my in my
composition is at infinity, so I kind of helped myself by choosing this particular viewpoint.
So composition - check. Focus - check. Now, aperture... I'm going to use f11 for this.
That will give me anywhere from probably 15 meters to infinity.
Okay, so the light is now hitting my scene so I need to get metering and get a shot in the bag.
In the absence of a light meter I came up with a cunning plan - to use a digital camera as a meter!
Basically all I'm doing is metering to make the highlights a mid-tone and then i'm going
to increase this exposure by around two stops to ensure the highlights are at the upper limit of
the dynamic range of the film..... one quarter of a second. Now i just need you to take the shot...
such a good noise that. So that's my first one now i'm going to overexpose
this one, so that's half a second. Wind it on..
and that should...
yeah it sounds like the film is wound all the way on
fingers crossed I'm not going to do anything wrong here.
So there's our film. Now just need to... now remember the trouble I was initially having loading the
film on my first attempt? Well surely getting the film out wasn't going to be that difficult? Oh God...
Can't get it out
Ah there we go. So with what I hoped was a decent shot in the bag, it was time to develop the film and
see how it turned out. Following the Photography Online guide to processing your own film -
something we featured in our june 2020 show, this was a fairly straightforward
exercise and it wasn't long before I was getting the first few of my images.
I was really impressed by the results with this shot being the better of the exposures.
As you can see, there's loads of detail in the image enabling me to print this at a decent
size if needed. This may not be my favorite ever shot from this location but it is unique in that
it has that film quality to it which seems impossible to replicate with digital.
So what was the conclusion to my first medium format film experience? Shooting on film again after all these
years has really been a great experience for me. That jeopardy of not knowing what I've got
when I press the shutter button compared to the instant feedback I get with my digital camera.
Although it's not for everyone I can really see why a lot of people are going out there
and buying second-hand film cameras. Do I want to do it again? Of course I do, so watch this space.
What a great image Nick got there and it just looks like it was taken on film if you know what I mean,
which considering it was is hardly surprising but it is amazing how film has a look which just can't be recreated with digital.
If you're into your film photography then next month we have got a real treat for you. In fact, even if you've never shot film in your life,
you still really need to see our next Analog Affairs as we'll be in the company of someone who is regarded
by the world's best known photographers as being the master of the darkroom. I've already
seen it and was immediately inspired to get out and shoot a roll of black and white film.
It is definitely something not to be missed. Now, at the start of the show we gave you some tips
on how to take great holiday photos but before you can even think about any of those you need
to travel somewhere. Knowing what to take and how to pack can be a daunting task, so when preparing
for a recent trip with Marcus, I grabbed the opportunity to get some space-saving tips from
someone who spent several years flying around the world as a professional travel photographer.
When recently packing for a week-long work trip, I had that usual conundrum of how to
best pack all my things... travel hairdryer - all the essentials. With camera gear plus all my clothes
and other paraphernalia, it's never long before I resemble philly's fog about to embark on an 80-day
round-the-world trip (oh hat). But Marcus always seems to be able to fit everything into one bag
despite having way more camera gear than me. In a quest to find out the secret formula to packing
like a pro I gave him a call to see if he would share any tips I could apply to reduce my excess baggage.
Hello. Oh you made it. I did. I need to see where this magic happens.
Okay so what I've done is I've laid everything out because when you called me I'd literally just finished packing,
so you couldn't have called at the worse time.
This comes from years and years of traveling around the world with cameras and it's not an easy thing to do
but the mistake a lot of people make is that they pack their camera bag and they're left with so much wasted space in there
so I'm going to show you how to make the most of that empty space and the way we do that is we we use
clothes for extra padding. So your clothes are actually just to fill up space? Correct!
First thing you think about is your camera gear! When I go clothes shopping I don't think about style or
price, I just look at it and go "that will go nicely down the side of the 70-200mm lens".
Okay different ways of working I think, but let's see what you've got. Okay so we've got two cameras,
we've got a digital camera over there and we've got four lenses which is probably more than most
people would take. Yes. And then a massive film camera and film and a light meter as well just
so that you know if I can get all of this in and you've only got one camera and three lenses
then there's no excuse. We've got filters - four filters, filter holder, batteries, battery charger,
and then on top of that we've got enough clothes to last for a week. Aye. Okay so that means
seven pairs of socks, because there's nothing better than fresh pair of socks on in the morning,
seven pairs of pants, seven t-shirts and then two pairs of trousers, but one of them I'm wearing.
Okay. So I put a clean one on before you go. My jumper, I'll only ever wear one jumper, right,
because we're gonna I mean it's summer time now, you're not planning going out for the evening and
taking a nice pair of chinos or something? I'm going on a photography trip.
This is not fine dining! So, this is what we do... oh and i'm going to have a computer as
well so we'll put the computer in there to start with because that's now out the way.
You've got a power adapter for that as well? uh i can get one in a minute. All right. I know
that you're going to be keeping tabs on me. I am. I've actually got a checklist! So first thing i'm going
to do is put the camera into this little space here but you might notice that there's a load
of space underneath here which is currently not being used so we want to use that. so I reckon a
t-shirt will go nicely underneath there so we'll put a t-shirt underneath there and then there's still
loads more space either side so, I won't get my pants out to show you those in any more detail ( I appreciate that)
those can go over the top like that and then we can probably get another t-shirt like that.
So just in a space where most people would just have a camera and a lens I've managed to get four
items of clothing as well. That is quite impressive. Whopping great medium format camera... that can go in
there and again we've got all of this room around here so let's just pad that out with t-shirts and
pants and things because obviously we're not going to be using the bag for photography, so
once we get to the hotel we'll unpack we'll take all the clothes and put those in and we'll just
repack the camera bag as a camera bag, so access to our gear is of least importance at the moment.
Always leave the socks 'till last because they're good to fill in little gaps.
Obviously you're packing for a guy let's be fair right now well I haven't checked recently but I think...
I think I take that box, or a very low maintenance person. So you do want a nice a nice rucksack with
kind of separate pockets and stuff that you can put your bits and pieces in? Yeah I think so
because otherwise everything's going to be rubbing together and that's not what you want, but this
this bag here is a Mindshift... I think it's called a FirstLight 40...
and this is the largest bag that is airline compatible carry-on compatible so I don't have to check this in
this is why you have it because you're cheap and you can actually... No it's nothing to do being cheap, it's to do with
not wanting to check my photo gear in to a plane (fair enough) I don't want baggage handlers throwing
this around, although to be fair, because it's going to be so well packed I wouldn't mind
people throwing this around a bit because I know that it's going to be safe. I mean I used to travel
with a much bigger bag and it went around the world several times and I never had any breakages.
So hang on wait wait, you just put one toothbrush, is this the... well how many toothbrushes do you need?!
Is this the extent of your toiletries? Well I'm gonna maybe put a bit of toothpaste in as well. Okay no
shampoo? No because you get shampoo at hotels. When you go to a hotel.... but you can't always rely on it.
What kind of establishments are you staying in? Okay so if you're gonna be travelling to a warm
place and you maybe want to bring some sun cream with you... yeah... will that fit in there?
Yeah yeah because I've got the... look this is this is basically these two compartments here
are reserved for Ruth items. This is for your holiday souveniurs? I knew you'd be pedantic about and go
well you haven't got this. Okay okay as a woman there are certain things that we maybe bring
that you guys don't think about so much, shampoo being one of them. Well I've answered that question.
Okay so this this might look large to you but that's going to contain essentials - soaps, shampoos,
various things that people need when they go away, so I mean are you going to stuff that in there?
No because what, you see this this is the problem.. this is a bag, which, if you had it in here would be one
of the biggest wastes of space ever (a bag within a bag), so you're saying take everything out, take everything
out and split it up and put it into different places. You don't need a bag within a bag.
Okay okay so sun hat? Sun hat.. well okay... I don't have a sun hat because I just soak it up like a
man, but if I did need a sun hat I'd have one of those flat you know flat ones that packs flat
and I would put it in here on top of my computer, there's loads of room in there. So you do have some
space in there. You'll get loads of stuff in there and look, I've got another space here as well which I can
put stuff in. In fact look here I've even got some waterproof trousers. I didn't even know they were
in there, that's how well packed they are. We don't need those where we're going so that's my sun hat.
Okay shoes? They'll be on my feet! Just the one pair then? Well I mean how many pairs do you need?
So look that's me with two cameras four lenses and enough clothes for a week. Okay it's not
entirely you. You've got a tripod lying down there. Okay so this is the sticking point. Yeah. Um because of
the spikes particularly, but you could take those off and put rubber feet on, but um, that is a weapon..
that will strap to the side of that, but I think... I think you wouldn't be allowed. I don't
think security would let you go on the plane with this, so you'd have to you'd have to either check
that in or not take it. It depends what kind of, you know, trip you're going on obviously, so
that's the sacrifice but if I was going somewhere for longer than a week or somewhere, you know,
longer haul with more gear then I would have another separate duffle bag and that would go
in there wrapped with clothes. Okay so you're not averse to having a check-in bag and just...
no no if you're going long-haul then you normally get your check-in bag as part of the ticket anyway.
I'm talking about going to Europe where they charge you £100 for your ticket and then
charge you £400 if you want to take a bag on as well. That's true. So this is the best way to do
it. It's the safest way to do it because this can't get lost if it's not out of your sight.
Okay fair enough. I'm slightly impressed. I mean travel hairdryer obviously isn't in there and ...
Yeah you get that in the hotel. Not always and my hair never has trouble drying by itself...
So you're all set! You now know how to pack and how to get great shots during your holidays.
If you're able to get away then I hope you do have a great time. Feel free to let us
know in the comments where you're heading and send us your best shots when you return.
We'll be doing a travel themed surgery session at the end of the summer so we could be featuring
one of your images. Okay so that's it for part one of this month's show, but do join me for part two
in just a couple of weeks when we'll be back here at Armadale Castle to show you around a little more.
We'll be continuing the theme of travel by looking at three different types of bags
and we'll be explaining everything you need to know about lenses including busting one of
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