Travel And Technology: What I Can’t Live Without
Wondering what to take on the road when it comes to electronics? You’re not the only one. Long gone are the days where a basic camera and some binoculars were the height of travel gadgetry. Walking into a hotel now requires a quick scan for the nearest plug (or plugs), the first thing I do is make sure everything is charged and ready to go. So what does a long term traveler have in her carry-on? I am giving you a glimpse into the things I am obsessed with having. That is not to say that I don’t have more but a girl only has two hands.
My New Toy
I am a gadget junkie. A techie nerd is what my friends call me. I have become obsessed with time lapse videos and while surfing the net trying to figure out how to make one, stumbled across my latest toy. A camera that makes time lapse videos, requiring no stitching and very little set up. I like anything that makes my life easier. Enter the object that captured my imagination. The Brinno TLC200 PRO is the world’s 1st HDR Time Lapse Video Camera. When I initially read about this stunning piece of machinery, it was not yet available in the US. Time lapse videos are everywhere, my ability to capture destinations and offer them to various outlets as well as my own followers has greatly increased my own creativity. The possibilities are endless, the quality is spot on and now I can easily show other ‘techie nerds’ how easy it is to create an amazing video.
This impressive time lapse video made by Carl Nelson
I just purchased the HP Envy TouchSmart -8GB- 1TB Hard Drive. While that may seem like too much hard drive, it actually is perfect, in terms of storage for all of my photo and video editing programs. The Beats Audio is great and I have learned that Windows 8 is actually likable. This is my 4th HP laptop and my favorite of all. The 17.3″ screen is easy to view and graphics are crisp. I edit photos all day so my purchase ofLightroom 5 made the choice of this computer an easy one.
I am constantly asked why I carry an iPod and a phone. The answer is pretty simple: The new iPod Touch has the Retina screen, apps that are unbelievable and an excellent upgraded camera. The 5th Generation model comes in different colors and 32GB can hold tons of photos and music. I like the idea of carrying something that doesn’t ring. I can shove it in a pocket and if I happen to stumble across Free WiFi, maybe my email will be checked. The newest version is a bit expensive, starting at $299.00 but the size and capabilities have made my life and doing small work tasks so much easier. There are two new versions of the iPod Touch. If the forward facing camera is important, then the 32GB model is the one you will need.
I have come across so many people who snap all of their photos with their smart phones. While I understand this and use mine on a daily basis for the same reason, I find myself drawn to all of the DSLR’s that are out there. My favorite? The Nikon D5100 DSLR. If you are looking to take your photography from point and shoot to inexpensive DSLR this is a perfect model for you. The price point is good, the photos are crisp and low-light pics are outstanding.
I confess: I am addicted to phones. This is actually common knowledge. There isn’t a phone I haven’t tried, tested, fallen in love with or read about. I read every piece of information on every phone that comes out. My favorite at the moment is the HTC One. It’s sleek, sexy and takes great photos. The Android platform is user friendly and I appreciate the ease. Can a phone really be sexy? YUP. It can and this one is a techie’s dream.