There are always horror stories out there of people who’s gear gets completely ruined by the extreme elements of another country. To help you come home from over seas travel with not only your camera gear in full working order, but also some damn incredible photos, here are some helpful hints!

  1. Never underestimate the light. This is a big one, and I can tell you from experience, it’s one you need to know. Lighting varies dramatically from country to country, it’s not the same in Australia as apposed to the USA or China. It is completely different everywhere! As photographers, you’ll see it as soon as you arrive, or maybe you’ll see it as the midnight sun keeps you up in Iceland. Contributing factors include, pollution, snow reflection, position relative to the equator and the ozone layer hole. All make a difference. Your options are as follows. Research where your going for the specific time of year and pack accordingly (filters, reflectors), or pack for everything!54c9747317a53_-_silica_packet_0410-lg
  2. Moisture. Every locations air has a different moisture content that you will want toconsider, especially if your planning on spending a considerable amount of time in a very wet location. This can create the perfect situation for mould like amebas to grow in your gear. To help reduce the chances of this, clean your gear regularly and put those little moisture packets that come in your shoe boxes, throughout your camera bag.
  3. Seaspray. If you’re near the ocean or waterfalls Seaspray can ruin your equipment faster than you would think. Buy a rain sleeve. They’re cheap, disposable and indispensable in that sort of situation.
  4. Think locations. I cannot stress this enough! Spend some time finding out here you’re likely to be shooting and assess weather you’ll need ND filters, Polaroids, or a good hiking pack gear carrier to keep your equipment safe as houses.

That’s it guys! A simple few. Stick to them and you’ll create your own insurance policy. But make sure you have one of those still too!


Okay guys, so here’s our blog! And I’m saying ‘OUR’ in the loosest sense of the word. The chances of Brendon getting into blogging on here regularly are pretty minimal. He may from time to time stumble on some inspiration or feel the need to share his wisdom, but otherwise you’re stuck with me, Sherryn, telling our stories for the both of us 🙂

Oh Brendon, by the way is the love of my life, my partner in crime and someone pretty damn awesome to come home to. He’s also a genius at investing, which helps severely in real estate, and is super supportive. And I am a Marketing Manager for a Chinese company, I was a photographer (sold my studio and business a few years back), are a graphic designer also and I make wedding cakes etc from time to time. Basically I extend myself across every creative profession I can when I get slightly bored of the last one. Oh I also own businesses so one may call me a ‘creative entrepreneur.’

Anyway, on this blog you’re going to find a stack of helpful info if you’re in business or want to be, are creatively inclined, are interested in house investments, wish to read about life, style and relationships, plan on improving who you are or would like to suss out some great places to visit around the world (yeah we travel).

Enjoy! We love your company already 🙂

Bear & Beast


Copyright © Bear and the Beast 2017. Site by Gold Spoon Marketing