I have listed the best way to travel with a DSLR camera, based on our latest travel adventure. First off, I’m not a professional photographer, by any means! I bought my Canon T3i camera shortly after I started this blog, almost 7 years ago. I took one introductory class at the camera store that lasted about 1-2 hours, and other than that, I’ve just played around with it and have learned through trial and error.
“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten
As many of you know, we just returned from a fabulous trip to San Francisco and a 15 night Hawaiian cruise. The last cruise we took was to Alaska and all I had with me at that time was a Sony point and shoot digital camera. I would have given anything to have had my DSLR with me for all the fabulous scenery we saw. I know many people just use their phone to take all their photos, but for this latest trip I had to bring my Canon with me. FYI, I took over 500 photos with my iPhone and over 2000 photos with my DSLR camera. That’s right, over 2500 photos! YIKES! I had most of it on sports mode because of all the action and movements. I’ve weeded through to delete the really bad ones and now I need to go through and choose the best ones to keep.
So what makes for the best way to travel with a DSLR camera…
USE THE RIGHT CAMERA STRAP
Most camera straps are worn around your neck, which pulls on your neck and eventually you get tired of carrying your camera around. Our daughter recommended the BlackRapid Camera Strap, which Mr. Cottage bought for me a few years ago. I can’t begin to tell you what a difference it’s made!
Instead of going around your neck, you wear it as a cross body strapped purse.
It’s securely screwed into the bottom of your camera, where you would normally put it on a tripod. And yes, it’s worn upside down just as it’s shown above.
Here I’m wearing it as I normally do. I can’t say enough good things about this strap.
LENS CAP LEASH
The last thing you want to do is to lose your lens cap, especially when you moving around from place to place taking photos.
I use a lens cap leash to keep my cap always attached to my camera lens when I’m taking photos. The elastic goes around the lens and the other part of the leash is attached to the lens cap, as shown above. Because the elastic stretches out over time, you’ll be replacing these periodically. I add one to each lens I have.
BRING A SPARE BATTERY
Fortunately, I was able to charge my camera throughout the day and night, if needed. But the last thing you need to happen is to have your battery die on you as you’re taking fabulous photos.
Make sure you have a memory card with lots of storage. This 32GB is OK, but if you’re going to be taking lots of photos try having a larger memory storage or bring along a couple of memory cards.
A LIGHTWEIGHT CAMERA BAG
I ordered this camera bag, which also doubled as my travel purse, less than two weeks before leaving on our trip. I LOVE IT!
It has two outside pockets, one where I always kept my iPhone. The fabric is upholstery fabric and is sturdy and well made.
This is similar to what mine looked like inside.
There are plenty of pockets and dividers in mine which was great for all the lipstick, tickets, reading glasses, sunglasses and more to keep them separate.
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