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Photo Tip 6: Aiprot X-Rays vs. Medium Format Shooters

By Jim Zuckerman - Tennessee

If you shoot medium format film (120 and 220)...

Photo Tip 6: If you shoot medium format film (120 and 220), you don't have to worry about airport X-rays. Because the film spools are plastic, and not metal, you can put the film in your pockets and walk through the metal detectors without incident. Take all of the packaging off, including the foil, and wear pants with lots of pockets. I have stuffed my clothes with as many as 80 rolls of 220 film (1600 shots) and walked through with no problem. I take everything off with any metal content and put it all in the plastic basket for the security check and then walk through without concern.

For airplane travel, I wear pants with six pockets and a shirt with huge breast pockets. If security personel ask what's in my bulging pockets (they do this sometimes after I walk through the metal detector), I simply show them a few rolls of film -- which is what I wanted in the first place, a visual inspection.

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To learn more, check out Jim's online photo courses at BetterPhoto.com


Jim Zuckerman left his medical studies in 1970 to turn his love of photography into a career. He has lectured and taught creative photography at many universities and private schools, including UCLA, Kent State University, the Hallmark Institute of Photography, and the Palm Beach Photographic Center. He also has led both domestic and international photo tours for 29 years to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the American Southwest.

Zuckerman has been a contributing editor to Photographic Magazine for 32 years. His images, articles and photo features have been published in hundreds of books and magazines including several Time-Life Books, publications of the National Geographic Society, Outdoor Photographer, Omni Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Science Fiction Age, Australia's Photo World, and Greece's Opticon. He is the author of twelve books on photography.

His work has been used for packaging, advertising, and editorial layouts in thirty countries around the world. Jim's images have also appeared in calendars, posters, greeting cards, and corporate publications.

 

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