Always travel with your camera. You never know who you’ll run into…

…Like Samantha Brown, my ol’ pal from the Travel Channel.

We were both performing at the record-setting Adventure Travel Show in Washington DC, and got to talking about our communal cameraman, Brian “Briny Boo” Miller:

THIS is why you should never travel without your camera. The key is to get a good camera- small enough to always have in your pocket, big enough so that it takes quality images. I’m always testing out new cameras, looking for that perfect balance. Ideally, you want a model that takes good stills – 14MP – with a fast flash, and built in video is always good… just in case your friends start talking.

One big problem I always have is running out of room on my memory cards, ESPECIALLY when I’m shooting video. Any decent resolution of video eats up Gigabytes – and when you shoot HD, 4 GB’s fills up with only 9 minutes of footage.

And when you leave home without your dubbing cables – which I often do – once your card is full, ITS FULL… and you’re stuck the rest of the trip, not being able to shoot more pics or video. Which is how I missed that shot of Big Foot and Santa making out at the Waffle House in Macon, GA.

Luckily, I discovered a great new gadget. It’s called the Eye Fi – an 8GB SD Memory card with WI-FI BUILT RIGHT IN.

Yep. You shoot photos or video with your camera, then from any Wi-Fi hot spot, you can wirelessly upload your content to your computer or to a variety of social media sites like; Facebook, Picassa, Mobile Me… whatever you use. Just zap your pics to the cloud, wirelessly. Somehow they’ve built in a Wi-Fi transmitter INTO the SD card. You can get more info and see the tutorial at http://www.eyefi.com.

Shoot all you want, zap it to the clouds, then keep on shooting. You’ll never run out of space – which is great for those times when you run into a sweetheart like Samantha Brown! Or the newly slender Brian Miller.

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