Flying with Photo Gear
Ever tried flying with your camera? Ever tried flying with your camera, laptop, lighting, modifiers, hard drive, tripod and the rest of your gear?
It sucks. We all, even if have never had the opportunity, can agree that although sounding glamours, traveling with all that stuff is just a headache. We can always rent the gear when we get there, if of course we're going somewhere that is an option. Even then though, is it really worth giving up the comfort of using your equipment to have the discomfort of traveling with it? Forget about the international issues. Making sure you have paperwork for any equipment that looks new so you won't be accused of buying it over sea's and required to pay taxes on it, again. Trying to debate how much you can get away with bringing on board with you verses (shutter) checking in your gear cases. The homework of just figuring this out takes an insane amount of time. So luckily there are some other options! The one that I am most excited about is Southwest Cargo. I'm a big Southwest Air fan to start, so their cargo shipping really gets me excited. Of course it's really not an option for international travel but totally worth looking into for domestic shoots. www.swacargo.com there are photographers who swear by this. You can ship it before you go, it's a whole lot faster than UPS and cheaper than regular mail.
I highly recommend looking into it!