Travel Series: Carrying My Camera (+ Project 365)

Woh, you guys blew up my inbox with lots and lots of questions about how I carry my camera when I travel and what lenses I take with me, so thought it would be a good idea for a post.

When I was in China and Hong Kong I carried my camera on me instead of in a bag and then carried my Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body bag as my handbag. With all the walking we did, it was just easier to me to do that than lug around a huge bag. I changed out my regular camera strap to the Black Rapid R-strap. Hubs and I got these mainly for shooting weddings as we carry two bodies and with the R-strap your two camera straps will never get tangled, but I ended up really liking the R-strap just on it’s own as it takes a lot of the pressure off of your shoulder compared to just the one that comes with the camera. It’s hard to explain but it just fits to your body better and you can adjust the strap so it hits you right at the hip which is where is most comfortable with me. I highly recommend this if you carry your camera for hours on end and are on your feet. It’s one of the best things that we’ve bought for our cameras.

You can kinda see it on me in this picture.
Hong Kong-106

If you are wondering about my camera and lenses, please read my FAQ for more information. I only used my Canon 5D mark II and two lenses during the trip, my 50mm 1.2L and 24mm 1.4L but most of the pictures are from the 50mm.

For the actual traveling-airplane part, my husband packs all of our cameras into this Crumpler bag. It fits most of our cameras and lenses into that one bag. But because we are doing a lot more destination weddings this year we bought this Titan luggage to carry our camera equipment in. Hubs has been wanting a hard case luggage to protect our equipment and he prefers the 4 wheels so that it’s easier to deal with. We are going to get foam and build our own protection inside the luggage to make it even more secure.

I get lots of questions about “stylish” camera bags and I still haven’t found any that are my style but I have found some that are more “stylish” than the traditional bags. Here are the ones that I’ve come across.

Jo Totes

Epiphanie Bags

Emera Bags

They are cute but still nothing that I would carry. They’re just not… me.

There is also the Jill-E bags but to be honest those are really not my style. Whenever I mention camera bags Jessica Claire’s Shootsac always comes up but the Shootsac is something that you carry when you are shooting, not for carrying your camera.

Most of the time, when I’m just out, I just stick my camera in my purse. I only carry one lens when I’m casually shooting which is on the camera so I don’t really need THAT much space. The only thing is, the camera and the lenses that I use can be quite heavy (seriously, pick up a 50mm 1.2L lens and compare how much heavier it is than the 50mm 1.4 lens, it’s a big difference! Also why the 1.2 is $1,000+ more!) so that’s the thing that I mind the most. I do find that cross body bags are a much better option in helping carry the weight of the camera. Otherwise, if it doesn’t fit into my bag, then the R-Strap is the way to go! Hope that helps and gives you guys some other options!

Since we’re talking about photography… here are some of the latest from my Project 365!

Day 70
70/365: Putting on my makeup
I love makeup and it’s one of my favorite parts of my morning routine

Day 73
73/365: Corn on the Cob
Savvy’s favorite toy are these corn on the cob chewy things! She has them all over the house.

Day 76
76/365: Liberty of London
I’ve had quite a few eagle eye readers spot my Liberty of London for Target stuff and yup you were all right! I’ve never bought anything from a Target/Designer collaboration, can you believe it? But when I saw the Liberty of London stuff I loved all the patterns and bought a ton of stuff.

Day 77
77/365: The Best Kind of Package
The best kind of package to open is one that contains shoes right? 🙂

Day 81
81/365: Purple Puff
I love the vibrant colors of this flower. This picture has NOT been edited/photoshopped, it really is that vibrant!

It’s been pouring rain where I am, how about you? Did you see my picks for stylish rainboots? Check it out here! But if you are in the mood for some sunny picks, click on over to see what I’m buying for my next beachy vacation. (I’ll have it up later today!)

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  • Fashionstyle
    April 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful inspiration !!

  • the red bungalow
    April 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Haha, love that little puppy picture. Great photos here, thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Bre @

  • Sandy a la Mode
    April 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    i am totally in need of a new camera bag…. i love the emera and kelly moore bags! i'm just using a black video camera bag right now, boo! beautiful pictures!

  • Jacqueline
    April 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    OMG thank you sooo much for doing this post!!! I love the R-strap idea and am going to get one for our Italy trip next month!!! Loooove your picture and your style. =)

  • Maki
    April 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    The Kelly Moore bag is adorable!! Also, I happened to see the Liberty of London stuff at Target the other day and actually they're very pretty!!!!! And the shoes… gosh I would love to open that kind of a box any time any minute!

  • chibi
    April 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Day 81 is really pretty.
    Project 365 is very inspiring.
    I think I will do one for myself of my dog.

    In Day 70, there is a picture of a makeup palette.
    Do you like using that one?

  • Beso
    April 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Tiffany,

    Thank You for entering the Beso Hunter Boot contest. I hope you are given the opportunity to own a pair of these timeless graphite Hunter boots to enhance your style during the Seattle rainy days as you jump in puddles with stylish footwear.

    Thank You and Good Luck!
    The Beso Team

  • Ellen
    April 8, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Those aren't just ANY shoes! I'd diiieee for a pair of Louboutins!

  • J-Ezzy
    April 8, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Tiff, your posts are always so beautiful and well thought out! I only have one lens, so finding an alternative isn't required just yet 😉 But you're right, I need to have the camera's strap across my body or my shoulders and neck kill me!

    Love your Project 365 shots!!!

    The flowers are beautiful 🙂

  • Empress
    April 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Liberty of London is rocking my world right now I'm so jealous theres no Target in Canada!

  • emilypanda
    April 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I just organized my shelves where I keep my makeup last night, I'm excited to make putting makeup on more of my daily routine!

  • Kristin
    April 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    What a fun post lady! Dying over your Loub box…and the LOL stuff is so fab! I've scored some goodies and want to go back for more!

  • Tillie
    April 17, 2010 at 2:14 am

    amazing…LOVE the picture of your dog & I am dying to know what Louies you got!!!!