- Why do I need a $300 camera bag?
First of all, we never said you needed to spend $300. Second of all, probably because that bag is amazing and will last you a lifetime. There are so many great options out there, you don’t have to spend $300 on each one. However, we do recommend looking at higher end bags ($100 and up) because most brands come with replacements and warranties for life if you pick the right ones. They’re also the bags that are going to look the best, feel the best, and protect the best. If you want to risk your investments with a crappy bag that won’t do the job right, be our guest. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
- What sort of gear should I invest in for my first round the world trip?
Oh this is our favorite subject! First off, buy the best luggage you can afford, preferably a hard case shell wheeler suitcase. This doesn’t have to hold your camera or anything, but if you’ve seen how those baggage guys handle your stuff loading it into the plane, it’s just a good bet all around. From there, buy the best you can in everything – not the most you can buy. Get the highest quality lens that is small enough to carry around every day, and buy the tripod that folds into a million pieces without sacrificing its sturdiness. Buy the lightweight clothes that you can wear in any weather. Invest in better, not more!
- Why are there no cute photography clothes, bags, or straps?
We know the struggle, trust us. If you’re really having a hard time finding gear that matches your style and personality but still protects your investment, follow our blog. We have a ton of articles on the best shops, online stores, and new brands that are producing great clothing, accessories, and protective gear for photographers. You should also look into spending more on your products, as that generally raises the “cute factor” for each piece exponentially. If that’s out of the question, maybe add some cute stickers and patches?
- I don’t want to get my stuff stolen; how do I pack my camera without making it look like I have a camera on me?
We worry about this all the time, especially when traveling through the Middle East. Unfortunately, pickpocketing is basically totally normal there and we’ve had our gear stolen more than once. Now, we choose bags that don’t look too nice on the outside, and by that we mean we don’t get anything that is obviously leather, anything that is obviously boxy enough to hold a camera, and so on. We also choose bags that have tons of clips, zips, and straps, and we always make sure to keep our stuff on our back or touching us at all times. If this is something you’re really worried about, try just keeping your camera at the hotel or home while you go out; you can use a small point and click camera or even your cell phone and edit away later.