Travelling & Photographing the World As Flight Attendant

tumblr_m3rw73JkI01r06q46o1_500Training period at a flight attendant schools ranges anything between 2 weeks to 8 weeks. It all depends on the airline and which aircraft you will be trained in. During training you will be provided with transportation, meals and lodgings. Once again depending on the airline some will even pay a salary others do not consider you an employee until you have completed training.

Apart from a high school diploma you will be required to undergo a medical as to fitness for the job. Flight Attendants are required to be able to handle the rigorous training that is required to be able handle being a flight attendant.

Once you have completed and been accepted after flight attendant schools, you will then be required to under go further training depending on the airline you apply to be employed. Many of the top airlines have their own training schedules which conform to company policies. As well as abiding by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) rules and regulations as set out. The AFA-CWA union merger ensures that Flight attendants adhere to scheduled hours as laid down by their agreed work schedule. 14 hours a day is the average work day, for internal flights and international flights work to a different criteria. Rest period of 9 hour are mandatory after a tour of duty.

Flight attendants must be flexible and be willing to relocate if necessary. Attendants will use the airport computer to go online and determine their schedules up to 72 hours in advance.

The flight attendants job is quite significant in any airline as they are required to be the eyes and ears of the airline. Since they directly interact with passengers, dealing with their safety, welfare and comfort. As well as the customers safety flight attendants schools ensure that flight attendants are fully au fait with unforeseen emergency procedures, reassuring passengers in flight through strong turbulence, in emergencies to be able to open emergency exits, inflating the escape chutes and seeing passengers safely off an aircraft in any given emergency situation.

Hospitality and comfort of passengers is also important, greeting passengers as they board the airplane, service of meals and drinks, first aid of necessary, controlling of young passengers, seat belts on landing and take off. And a thousand and one other little details that need to be attended to on a flight.

Flight attendants hold about 98,700 jobs today. Commercial airlines employed the vast majority of flight attendants and most of these flight attendants live near major airports or major airline hub cities.

An aspirant flight attendant must hold a valid American Passport, be fluent and knowledgeable in a foreign language, must possess common sense, initiative, have a sense of responsibility, and be friendly, outgoing, and pleasant personality, and be able to communicate with many different people.

After you have attended a flight attendants schools, you will be eligible for trainee flights.

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The Importance of Underwater Camera Housing

Have you always wanted to take your digital camera for some underwater photography, but were unsure about how to go about doing it? This can be a lot of fun, not to mention very rewarding if you can manage to get some good shots. However, in order to accomplish this task without ruining your camera, you are going to have to invest in some underwater camera housing. The following will introduce you to a few of the most viable option you have for keeping your camera protected when shooting in the water.

These days you have more options than ever before when it comes to underwater camera housing, and they are currently available for all makes and models of digital camera. Some companies such as Canon and Olympus (above) manufacture their own casings and there are also third party vendors available for those that do not. It can be difficult to know which one to purchase when it is your first time, so it is a good idea to read some online reviews of different products before making your choice. Due to the use of similar waterproof technologies, many the best outdoor speaker manufactures also supply casings for cameras, but if you buy a faulty casing and it leaks you could end up ruining your camera, so the best option is to stick with big name brands like Bose or Definitive Audio.

If you do not want to spend money on underwater camera housing, or you are simply in a hurry to get in the water and start taking some pictures, it is actually possible to make your own. Since it may take you a couple tries to get this right, you probably don’t want to use your best camera, but with some practice you should be able to make one that is nearly as good as those sold on the market. There are a few ways to go about doing this and they will typically work with any type of camera or camcorder. Most of the time this involves making a see through bag that will keep everything nice and dry.

Making the bag for your underwater camera housing is probably the most difficult part. You will need a piece of PVC or clear flexible urethane and a hot iron in order to seal the edges. You will also have to make an internal camera bracket in order to keep everything in place. This can be achieved by using a half inch thick piece of plastic and it must be bent and shaped by using either a heat gun or a hair dryer. This can be a long and difficult process, but if you are a natural do it yourself type then you should not have any problems.

One final tip that you can use for your homemade underwater camera housing is to put one or two alka seltzer tablets in the bag. This way if you get any leaks you will know right away because they will start to fizz. This will give you enough time to get out of the water if need be.

AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras and Accessories Review

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As a bit of a paranoid neurotic I’m always worrying about the safety of the photographs that I take. I know that I’m not a world class photographer, but I am still proud of the pictures I have taken and I do not want to lose them in an accident. Consequently I opted to buy the best camera backpack that would suit my needs. As I have an SLR camera, I picked the AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras.

What to Look for in a Camera Bag

After looking at the many options available to me for a while, I decided that I had to find out what the ideal characteristics of a backpack for transporting a camera are. I found that ideally it should be:

  • Comfortable to carry
  • Durable
  • Water-resistant
  • Shock -resistant (if possible)
  • Have a non-stick bottom
  • Be able to fit your camera and all of its accessories easily

How Does the AmazonBasics Backpack Compare?

Comfortable Use

The most basic requirement that you want form a backpack is that it is comfortable to carry. This is usually achieved by supplying padded straps so that you do not feel it chafe when you transport it over long distances. The AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras meets and exceeds the requirement of being comfortable to use in my personal opinion.

Long-Lasting Durability

The outside of the bag are made of polyester and nylon combined. In my experience this is an extremely durable combination, which means that I expect to be using this bag for many years to come. It certainly meets the durability requirement!

Space Matters

One of the most attractive features of the AmazonBasics Backpack in my mind was the fact that it easily takes the SLR camera as well as a number of other accessories. The product description on Amazon.com says that it can fit the following:

  • 2 smaller SLR camera bodies
  • 3-4 lenses
  • Additional small accessories

However after personal use I found that this is an understatement and that the bag has room for everything you could possibly need in it. The pack is described as having “ample interior storage”, which is, in my personal experience, certainly true.

Product dimensions: 11.5 x 7.2 x 15.6 inches (292mm x 183mm x 396mm); Internal: 10 x 5 x 14.75 inches (254mm x 127mm x 374mm)

This backpack includes storage space both on the outside as well as on the inside, which means that there are a number of different items that I can choose to take with me when travelling with this particular backpack. My previous backpack had very little additional storage space once the camera was inside, so it was far from ideal. Perhaps I am simply amazed by the difference between my old backpack and my new one and that is why it seems so wonderful, but deep down I feel that this is the best option for someone with an SLR camera who is dedicated to protecting their photographs.

Warranty

When you buy this bag on Amazon.com you will get a 1-year warranty. This is also a feature which caught my attention because it made me feel that if they are willing to provide a warranty, it means that they are secure in the knowledge that the bag will last and that no one will claim. I have yet to see how long this backpack will last me, but so far it showing very little sign of giving up.

Consumer Reviews

The Good

I checked out the Amazon.com reviews before buying this bag. Unusually there were a high number of five star ratings and not many others, making me believe that this was a good choice. Themes that came up frequently when I read these reviews included the impressive quality of the bag as well as the fact that it is well padded, thereby protecting its contents. Most reviewers said that they would recommend this bag to a friend else, so I took that as a positive sign and have since been extremely happy with my purchase.

The Bad

It’s always wise to have a look at the negative reviews as well, but there were only 9 to consider (in comparison to 345 five-star reviews). Some complaints that previous customers had about the product included the following:

  • The workmanship in regards to stitching and general strength have been called into question
  • Some reviewers have stated that it is quite an uncomfortable pack as it sits high on your back and puts too much pressure on your neck
  • The main complaint that you will see is that the bag starts to fall to pieces very soon (although I personally have yet to experience this)

Cost

I must say that one of the appealing aspects about this product for me was the cost. Not only was it cheaper than many other backpacks for cameras that I found online, but it was also cheaper to buy it from Amazon.com than form most other sources. On Amazon.com at the moment it is on sale for $32.60.

Where can I Find out More?

The best places in my opinion to find out more about this product are:

  • Amazon.com: not only will you find useful reviews about the product form a variety of different customers, you will also be able to easily see what the product specs are and compare them to other options
  • Where Can I Buy this Product?

    It is possible to find this product in most specialty shops with a focus on photography, but I bought it online from Amazon.com because of the price and the convenience. The backpack was shipped to me in record time. I often use Amazon to make online purchases and as usual they failed to disappoint. In addition it is not always guaranteed that you will find the product in stores.