Camera equipment is expensive... and breakable! The solution... camera backpacks. These lifesavers keep your camera gear safe and you always know where everything is.
Yuck, so much stuff -- so much weight!
Flowers and gardens are there to be photographed. It's just so much trouble to haul all that camera gear along. You can keep using your cell phone,,, after all, it's always with you. But, it doesn't always fill your photography requirements! It's time to think of a fix.
How much gear do you have? Let's look at camera backbacks and camera bags. Which one do you need for your stuff?
The makes and models are as numerous and diverse as the people who buy them. Set aside an evening to search the internet. Here's a few names to type into Google Search -
Something for everyone! My first go-to site for research is Amazon because everything is in one place. When you find one or two you really like, follow the links to check them out with the company or dealers as well. And go to the company's website since it may have more information than Amazon.
You can also check review articles on the internet. Here's one review that compares 5 top-rated backpacks.
Did your camera backpack come with a rain-proof cover? You'll find it folded up neatly in a little pouch inside. Wonderful -- But don't expect it to work if your bag gets dunked in the creek!
Photographers are creative types. I usually buy exactly what I want, ready to use! But there's much to be said for a DIY bag. Give these ideas a try. Might save you some money and that's always a good thing!
Sure its getting more dangerous to travel. But life's all about new experiences - and new gardens! My advice - learn to travel safely.
Be the inconspicuous tourist -- the un-tourist!
That means blending in with the locals.
Don't advertise your expensive photography gear to thieves.
Unfortunately, camera backpacks are thief-magnets! The professional thief is well acquainted with National Geographic backpacks, Lowepro and every other camera bag on the market. Covering the label won't help. They just know!
Travel's your chance to use those recycled camera bags! Remember I said to look like a local? Well, get a mesh shopping bag, whatever the locals are using, and put camera inserts or a small case inside. You could still be parted from your bag but the chances just decreased. And now you have a shopping bag!
Think about this one! If you were a thief, would you rip off some dirty diapers? Think old diaper bag! Brilliant way to camouflage a camera.
Some countries are worse than others. For instance, Italy's the theft capital of the world. They won't even publish statistics. Be concerned if a group of "gypsy" children are close by. Now THEY have true talent. They're professionals. But being kids, who'd suspect? Tourists never see it coming.
My personal travel hints for Italy - switch all camera backpacks to the front with your arms wrapped around -- like you're hugging your long-lost friend. Always be aware of what's going on around you. And, unless you have eyes in the back of your head, hold everything front and center. Italy's an amazing place. Keep hold of your camera backpacks and make sure you go home with fond memories and fabulous garden photos!
Never let the fear of theft keep you from enjoying your photography outings or travel. Get out and relish every minute of your photography experience!
Just get some camera insurance... and... be travel-smart!