Best Way to Carry a Camera While Traveling
Being a traveling photographer is one of the best professions there is. You get to meet new people and experience different cultures, and get it all caught on camera as well. It can’t get much better than that.
On the other hand, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take photos and film while you are on a travel adventure. In fact, it is the best way to keep your memories alive and share your experiences once you get back home.
Still, taking your filming equipment with you is not always easy, especially if you are going by plane. Why? Because your best bet is to keep all your cameras and lenses with you, and that depends on whether your camera bag is small enough to fit the carry-on requirements.
An airport is a common place for cameras to get stolen or lost, so you need to pay extra close attention to your camera and bags. You don’t want your adventure costing you more than it should. Bearing this in mind, let’s go ahead and take a look at the best way to carry a camera while traveling
Invest in a Proper Camera Bag
The most important thing about traveling with your camera is to have a proper bag by your side.
A spacious camera bag will allow you to carry a number of DSLR cameras, extra lenses, batteries, and SD cards without having to pay extra luggage fee. As long as your camera bag fits the 22 x 14 x 9-inch size requirements, you are fine.
Along with that, a proper camera bag will allow you to keep your equipment well-organized (using dividers) and safe from external damage thanks to the padding. The market is quite big so finding the right one shouldn’t be a problem.
Whether you are a fan of backpacks, handle-carry, or shoulder strap camera bags, investing in one is a must if you are a traveling photographer.
Get the Most Out of Padded Cases
While a camera bag is a must, especially for long travel trips, investing in a proper padded case is a great way to keep your camera safe from damage and theft. A comfortable and waterproof padded case is a great addition to your travel equipment.
Fitting your camera with a lens in a padded bag and carrying it in a shoulder bag is a safe and convenient way to walk around town without having to worry about anyone stealing or noticing your camera. Depending on where you travel, taking precautions about the safety of your filming equipment is a thing to consider.
There are a number of tips that you should consider if you are traveling to a region that is notorious for robberies and theft. Firstly, you want to hide the logo of your equipment. If you are using expensive DSLRs such as Nikon or Canon, duct taping the brand name is a wise thing to do.
Along with that, we recommend that you take off the manufacturer’s strap and replace it with wire strap because it will be less appealing, and in case anyone tries to cut it will be much harder than if they were dealing with a regular fabric strap.
Last but not least, ensuring your filming equipment is always a good thing to do. Gear insurance can be quite expensive, so make the decision according to the risk you are facing. Additionally, only take the must-have equipment to limit your risk.
Tips on Packing Your Equipment
As we mentioned above, investing in a proper camera bag will be of great benefit when it comes to traveling. Bearing this in mind, there are a few methods to maximize your baggage space.
First, you shouldn’t take more lenses than you will need. While most bags allow space for at least 4-5 extra lenses, you probably don’t need more than two.
Regularly clean your camera lenses, and be sure to keep them separated from the camera body during the flight. Save space on lenses and pack in a few extra SD cards and camera batteries – these will come in handy on longer adventures.
Packing for your trip can be a burden.
Still, with proper organization, traveling with your camera shouldn’t be a problem. Invest in a high-quality camera bag, get a padded case or two, and don’t forget to protect your camera by placing duct tape over the logo.
Vlogging is a fun activity and in order to keep it that way, be smart and stay safe with the above-mentioned tips.