Is your camera ready for that dream trip?

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Like many baby boomers, Alan and I both take digital photos on our travels. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18. Along with an 18X optical zoom lens, it offers enough settings to allow high quality photos which I sell along with my travel articles. Alan’s Canon 5D is a professional grade camera. And, sometimes, his shots are the ones that accompany my writing.

Here’s our checklist for getting our cameras ready to go:
Two batteries per camera/charged
Battery charger for each camera
Two 2GB memory card per camera
Card reader
Laptop or USB powered portable hard drive for storing photos
CD’s for backup storage

Alan says, “Before a trip, take out your camera to reacquaint yourself with the settings. Practice a few shots before leaving home so you don’t miss that once-in-a-lifetime photo once you’re there.”

Donna says, “If you bring a laptop, don’t wait for your memory card to be full before downloading photos. Each night, download that day’s shots to a folder on your computer. Use a name that describes your location for the day. Re-copy to a CD then clear your card. This will save time and help you to remember what you’ve shot.”

Scratch those itchy travel feet!

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