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Consider When Buying a Camera Bag

When it comes to buying photography gear, cameras and lenses get all the attention – and rightfully so.

After all, you can’t exactly take pictures without those two elements!

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other important pieces of kit, too.

From tripods to filters, camera remotes to camera bags, filling out your photography kit involves a lot of decision making.

In this article, I’d like to offer up a few pointers for buying the right camera bag for you.

To illustrate each point, I’ll be using Holdfast bags as examples. As you’ll see, these bags are impeccably made, beautifully designed, and have tons of user-friendly features, too.

This can be a tricky question, because there is often the inclination to buy a giant bag, thinking that at some point you’ll have enough gear to fill it up.

And though it’s important to think ahead and consider what your kit will look like in a couple of years, at the same time, you might not want to carry a big camera bag around if all you have is a mirrorless camera and a lens or two.

That’s why the Holdfast Roamographer is a great choice because there are two different size options.

Shown above is the Roamographer small, an ideal bag for rangefinder or mirrorless camera systems.

The vintage aesthetics of the bag give it a fantastic look, and with modern-day features, it helps you keep your gear safe and organized as well.

The Roamographer large (shown above) is perfect for carrying DSLR gear, and like its smaller brother, the large bag offers features like a padded camera insert to protect your gear, a shearling-lined shoulder strap for a comfortable carrying experience, and the ability to secure a small camera on the outside of the bag for easy access for quick shots.

The camera insert in both bags is removable as well, meaning you can convert them into traditional bags for carrying clothes and other items.

That means that not only do you get a bag that carries your gear safely and securely, but you also get the versatility of having a bag that can pull double duty too.

On top of that, you get a bag that is flexibly designed to meet your changing gear-carrying needs.

Questions You Must Ask First

As if you don’t have enough to think about as a self-employed photographer, you need to give some serious thought to how and when you provide a price to a potential client.

For starters, giving a client a price off the cuff could put you in a bad spot if the scope of work they need ends up being more than what you initially thought.

Secondly, without asking a potential client any questions, how will you know if the job is even worth the time or effort?

Beyond that, any informed consumer will be checking out prices from several photographers, and if you’re the only one that doesn’t ask any questions and dig deeper into who this person is and what they need from you, you’ll look like a total amateur.

So, with that in mind, here’s a few questions you should ask your clients before ever giving them a price.

If you’re a wedding and portrait photographer and the client needs a photographer for a motorcycle race, you might have a problem on your hands…

Similarly, it’s prudent to inquire about the style of the shoot.

For example, if your style leans toward the bright and airy side, you’ll need to know if that works with the client’s vision for their photos.

Again, if they want something dark and moody, you might not be the best fit, so it’s best to find that out at the outset.

Naturally, the number of images the client needs will factor heavily into your price quote.

A small gig of a few dozen shots is obviously going to warrant a smaller price tag than a weekend-long job that involves hundreds of photos.

You need to inquire about a ballpark total number of shots as well as a more precise final tally of images, too.

That helps you clearly define what the end product is so you can give the potential client a more precise price estimate.