Gear & Technology

Here’s some information on the gear and technology that I carry round with me for work and on some of my trips.

Pipemasters Hawaii - Chris Wray

Q: Where do you live?

I really find this question difficult to answer. I’m from the UK, have a UK passport, share my partners flat in London, but haven’t visited the UK for around 5 years or so. I’m writing this in our rented apartment in Phnom Penh, this is after being in our cottage in Czech for the last 4 months. I’ve actually lived in Czech for the longest part of this year. I’m supposed to be living in Vietnam where I’m based from a long-term contract perspective.

Q: How do you afford to travel so much?

I work as a technology consultant in my own business. The work pays well, but the income can be a bit irregular. Sometimes I have too little work, sometimes I have too much. It’s not always controllable. However almost all of my work is done remotely. Sometimes I have to visit client offices in SE Asia.

The place I love the most is the cottage in Czech. We also travel a lot. The world is a big place and there’s a lot to see.

I balance the travel with the client projects. The client gets what they want, and I get what I want. Everyone’s happy.

I’m debt-free.

Q: What are your gear essentials.

These are my travel tech items.

  1. MacBook Pro Laptop
  2. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
  3. Sony A7SIII main camera
  4. Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera
  5. Rode little microphone

6. Rode 2 wireless Mics

7. DJI Pocket 2

8. Logitech MX Master Mouse

9. Logitech Keyboard

10. Assorted cables and psu’s


Q: Do you travel alone

Sometimes. Mostly alone for work, with extended periods on my own in Hanoi this year. Plus an extended hospital recovery in Czech. I much prefer to travel with my partner, she’s also an adventure lover.

Q: How do you meet people while travelling?

I have a lot of work colleagues spread across the globe. (I work on an extended contract for a UN Agency) – I also have my personal friends who are also spread across the globe, though mostly in Europe. I find it quite easy to make friends, and it’s easy to pick up conversations with fellow travellers. Everyone needs travel tips and good destinations and places to see.

Q: Is it safe ?

Pretty much. Just use common sense, keep valuables to a minimum and don’t flash them or money around. Just be conscious of your surroundings.

Q: Do you have any tips on getting started with Remote Work

Sure, there’s a bunch of FAQ’s on this page

Q: What camera gear do you use?

Sony A7SII

Sony ZV1

DJI Pocket 2

DJI Drone

Q: What does your desk look like?

There’s a detailed article about my desk setup here

Q: What Applications do you use for editing

Final Cut Pro

Lightroom (Mobile and Desktop) as well as Lightroom Classic

Photoshop

I’ve just bought a subscription to Canva

Q: How did you get started in Consulting

I was offered my first gig by a friend. We got chatting at a party and the following Monday I was invited for interview. One thing led to another but now clients tend to come looking for me rather than me having to search for them.

Q: How did you get started in Photography & Video?

I was given a film SLR for my 18th Birthday and bought a digital SLR for my 40th. I started a photography business in my mid 40’s but gave it up after a few years. (The weddings were killers!!) – I took up video in my 50’s and started posting on YouTube and here we are .

Q: Where can I follow your adventures?

Instagram, where’s chris posts


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