Over time, Heger has streamlined his travel workflow. After a day of shooting, he charges all his gadgets then downloads the day's images to his 17-inch Apple PowerBook. Time permitting, he tweaks some files—a process that's become incredibly simple since the arrival of Apple Aperture—and backs up the images onto portable hard drives, which never leave his sight. They travel with him, along with his cameras, onto the plane. Then throughout the trip, Heger keeps track of his gear, counting the bags every so often.
A Natural Evolution
Videography has become an increasingly large part of Heger's assignment work. Many of his clients request that he include edited, finished segments of the photo shoots with his final prints. Heger has found video a natural evolution to his still assignments, especially in colorful, diverse environments.
"I've been submitting videos along with my stills for five years now," he says. "It wasn't as hard to learn as I thought it would be. Creating compositions and footage that worked well wasn't so different from using a still camera. It helps me financially and keeps me at home more, which my family appreciates.
Heger thoroughly enjoys making still and motion pictures for his clients, many of whom have become friends.
"If you're not in love with photography and you're not ready to do what it takes, especially overseas, you're definitely not ready for travel photography. But if you are passionate about photography, make your clients' priorities your own. Get to know them and what they want. And that passion will come through your photography wherever your assignments takes you."
For more of Heger's Travel images, visit www.hegerphotography.com.