Camera Bags and Straps for Women


Shootsac bags

Image from the Shootsac website

Camera bags are functional, but can they be fashionable? Let’s face it, camera bags are big, bulky and often come in one color: black.

So what if you’re a woman and looking for something a little more appealing? Enter the likes of products like Shootsac. Designed by photographer Jessica Claire, the bags are made of the same stuff wetsuits are made of and you can buy interchangeable covers to change the look of your bag.

If you visit the site, you’ll see a picture of a guy wearing a plain black one; so yes, it’s not just for women. The bag will run you $179. The slip covers run from $39 to $59.

The next line look more like purses than camera bags and they come from Kelly Moore Bags.

Kelly Moore Bags

Image from Kelly Moore Bags Website

Kelly is also a photographer who was looking for a stylish camera bag that was also functional. So she designed her own line. Now the bags are a little pricey, running from $159 to $250. But you can easily spend that much on a good camera bag and, from what I understand, a designer hand bag. You’ll also notice there is a model for men, in your choice of mustard or brown.

Keeping in the theme of being fashionable, Capturing Couture also has a camera bag in two flavors for $119. They also have wristlets and camera straps in funky designs.

[UPDATE: 11/26/10] You might also like the Ona fulll grain leather shoulder bag. It runs for $269.

[UPDTAE: 12/07/10] Also check out jill.e designs.

For more funky camera straps and wristlets check out Trendy Camera Straps; yes, guys, they have stuff for us too!

Ok, one more camera strap that’s a little more traditional but designed just for women. Black Rapid makes a camera strap called the R-Strap. It allows you to sling the strap across your body so your camera rests at your hip and it’s designed so you can bring it up to your face rapidly (hence the R-Strap). But women found that the strap was uncomfortable when it laid across their lady humps (yeah I said it!). Well, now there’s the RS WS-1 (I’m guessing the “W” stands for “women”). It’s just like the regular R-Strap but it has a curve in the design to fit around the aforementioned lady humps. It even comes in a floral print!

Black Rapid's RS-W1

Black Rapid’s RS-W1

So when you need form to meet function there are products out there made to suit your needs. Stay tuned for my next post which will cover more camera straps including one that isn’t a strap at all!

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Time Lapse Photography


In my last post, I mentioned a relatively inexpensive program to produce slow motion DSLR videos.

Well, let’s speed things up a bit.

Andrew Reese took 1400 shots in 2.5 second intervals then converted each pair into black and white HDR shots for a total of about 700 images. Then he made this video at 12 frames per second:



Over at PetaPixel.com, I discovered more time-lapse videos taken with Canon DSLRs. The first is of San Francisco taken with a Canon 40D. Here’s the description from the PetaPixel site:

Photographer Simon Christen shot the various clips using a Canon 40D (10-22mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm) around the San Francisco Bay Area over the course of a year. His camera was always in manual mode, and he adjusted the settings as the light changed due to things like fog and clouds.”

I’ll share one more from Tokyo shot with a Canon 7D by Stefan Werc. I love the shots from the moving train!


On the PetaPixel site, under related posts, you can find many more time-lapse videos. If you’re really into it, then you’ll also love these over at TimeScapes.org.

Personally, I think these time-lapse videos are works of art. Interestingly, though, some people who commented on the PetaPixel site, feel that they lack originality; that they’re just pretty pictures with no story. What do you think?

Slow Motion DSLR Video


So you might remember from a past blog post this cool video showing a flame thrower versus a fire extinguisher:

Well, if you can’t afford the expensive Phantom camera ($2,500 a day to rent) used to shoot that, why not use a Canon Rebel with a kit lens and a $300 program?

The program is called Twixtor and it was also used to shoot this video with a Canon 7D: