Any serious photographer or videographer should have Lowepro packs in their wildlife assault gear. (Photo of Devil's Tower, Wyoming by Jetsetters Magazine photographer Robert LaGrone.)
The waist belt is padded with bi-laminate foam to prevent hip abrasion and provide support for the load. The highly advance, quad stretch material conforms to your body contours for optimum comfort. The foam back pad provides lumbar support and the breathable mesh allows evaporation of moisture from your back. I guess we will have to loan it to our Jetsetters Magazine photojournalist going to Libya this fall.
The load adjustment straps and stabilizer bring the pack closer to your body for better balance and stability. The sternum strap is elasticized to prevent breathing restriction and the shoulder fatigue. They are adjustable to allow unrestricted movement of your arms and shoulder's Now if I could only get it on a plane as carry-on luggage. The Photo Trekker is more ideal as a carry on.
The most important safety feature are two security buckles, one on each side of the pack. They must always be fastened after the compartment is zipped closed to retain structure of the bag, to protect the zipper and to secure the backpacks contents.
There is also a handy item I discovered by accident The all-weather cover. The patented all-weather cover protects the pack and your equipment from dust, sand, rain, or snow. It also works as a protective sheet for sorting through your gear when the ground is wet or muddy. It has a unique kangaroo type pouch to store it all away and hidden from the body.
The tripod mount is one unique feature I really am impressed with. To attach the tripod, remove the hook and loop fabric from the inside of the holder and unwind the strap, then you can attach the tripod to the front or either side of the bag. There are quick release buckles for those photo finish camel races in the Sahara.
Now what is really cool about this pack is the Daypack. which can be removed from the main pack and used for the day! It has its own sternum and shoulder straps as well.
Another great feature is the ability to zip up the harness, shoulder straps, and other waylaying straps under their own cover so they don't snag on an airport carousel.
The ultra-comfortable Spandura-lined (another Lowe trademark) harness is composed of closed and open cell foam. And you can adjust or customize the interior pockets. For those nature photographers and videographers, the silent zipper pulls ensure quiet trekking.
AW II Trekker series The Super The Pro The Photo Trekker, are by far the best constructed camera/video equipment pack I have ever seen or owned. No wonder my local photo store can't keep them in stock!
Everyone knows that the photographers of National Geographic Magazine are considered the best in the world. After viewing "Through The Lens", a DVD produced by National Geo about how adventure photographers live and work, I realized the extraordinary effort it takes to take that "perfect" shot, the one that lands on the cover.
The Field Guides are not large in size, you can toss them into your camera bag for quick ideas in the field, and all the books in the series are written by professional photographers/authors. The Field Guides not only inspire but also inform. There is a handy index in the back, and a resource section that is beyond compare, with links to photography websites, books, magazines, and more.
And the most important tip I learned from the Field Guides? - Adventure photographers travel light, never carrying more than what they can run with!
No photographer is complete unless they have a photo vest. You have to look the part. A safari tan vest is as much a part of the adventure photo look as long lenses and a safari tan. With the digital revolution you no longer have to carry as much equipment or accessories to get the one shot you want, but you still want lots of pockets for travel documents, GPS, portable DVD burner, water bottles, flashlights, powerbars, insect repellant candles, and PDA and voice recorder.
National Geographic still supplies one of the best adventure photography vests The Weekender Air Vest.The Weekender is lightweight, less than a pound, it rolls up easily for the day bag, has all the requisite zippers and pockets, and the back mesh keeps you cool when shooting in the Elephant Grass. It is classy enough to wear to wildlife fund raisers.
The vest is made of NyLite, a high performance featherweight nylon woven with fine multiple filaments resulting in a lightweight cotton-like fabric that is much softer, yet tougher, than standard nylon. It is as soft as down and will not wrinkle, shrink, or fade, and it is quick drying.
The spacious interior offers two zippered pouches, clothing tie-down straps, and a zippered garment cover. The inline skate wheels make for easy rolling, and there is a hideaway locking extension handle and comfort grip top and side handles for easy transport
The bag is made from something called DuPont Hypalon, a protective material that is water resistant and resists wear and tear from weather, heat, and chemicals.
You are now ready in style for those harsh environments - begging for a government grant to climb Kili.
Once you get back home you need a great way to sort and organize your photos and the folks at PICASA software have developed a great way for you to organize your entire catalog of photos on you PC computer get your photos ready for webcasting or sent out to your favorite stock photo house, or find that one shot for the cover of your favorite magazine Jetsetters Magazine. Okay, we are only online and have no cover per se, but you may want to check our new interactive area call Jetsetters Blog at www.jetsettersblog.com which has a great resource for photographers and writers, or you may want to join our Travel Writers Network and travel and take photos and videos like a true Jetsetter!
By Kriss Hammond, Editor, Jetsetters Magazine. Read the 2004 feature: "Checking Out Summer Adventure Gear."