Waxed Canvas Versatility - a Tackle Box for one, a Camera Bag for Another.

In this guest blog, Frost River Brand Ambassador Karen O'Bryan of GalavantGal gives us a look into how she transformed a Frost River Waxed Canvas Tackle Box into a carry-all for her camera gear.

Karen is a Minneapolis based creative exploring everyday adventures both near and far. She began a travel and lifestyle blog about a year ago after developing a longing for adventure post college graduation. Though she has traveled to over 20 different countries, she has also realized that there is so much to explore even just in our daily lives- only a willingness is needed to get out and try new things.

Frost River Brand Ambassador Karen O'Bryan of GalavantGal gives us a look into how she transformed a Frost River Waxed Canvas Tackle Box into a carry-all for her camera gear.

What’s In My Camera Bag 

One of the first things I do before going on a trip is to figure out what bag (or two) I’m going to use, and what stuff I’m going to bring. There’s a lot to consider when packing - like what’s the weather going to be like, do I need shoes that can get muddy or are we going to a fancy dinner and I need to look nice…you know, the usual questions one might ask. Not to mention, I’m always wondering what camera gear can I bring. 

I have a few solutions for bringing camera gear with me, depending on the situation. If I’m just going out for the day around town, I pop on the smallest lens I have and throw my camera inside my purse. Or I might not even try to hide the fact I have a camera, and just wear it using my cross-body strap. 

However, If I have more time on my hands, like say, a road trip for example, I will bring everything I have! 

It’s so nice to house all of my gear in one spot. It makes it easier to stay organized, find what I need and get out and shoot! 

1. The Bag

So first things first. I recently tested out a new solution for bringing all of my camera gear out with me. I converted Frost River’s River Bank Tackle Box into my camera bag, and let me confirm friends, it holds everything.

This bag was an amazing fit for me because of all of the dividers and pockets it has! It’s important to keep everything organized and separated so that you don’t damage your fragile gear. 

I converted this soft-sided tackle box into a camera bag by simply adding small wash cloths for some extra padding to protect the body of my camera. Viola! 

And as an added bonus, I can always just remove the inner panel and use as a water resistant duffle if I don't need to bring all of my gear with me. 

What I’ve learned is you don’t have to have a traditional camera bag to be successful, but having a bag that can hold all of your gear in one place is essential for ensuring that you are ready to capture the moment when you need to! Stories matter, and I for one, don’t want to miss them because I wasn’t ready. 

2. Film 

Instax mini film.

3. Hat

Ok, technically this isn’t apart of my camera gear per say, but I like to have styling options while shooting, so I usually have a hat with me. Not to mention, if my hair is looking like a hot mess, It’s so much easier to just throw on a hat! 

4. Advil

I usually have some kind of pain killer on hand.. you just never know when the need will arise and I like to be prepared for anything. 

5. Sunglasses 

This is more for a personal styling than a need while shooting. 

6. Lens Pen

Retractable soft brush lens cleaner for safely cleaning the glass on my lenses

7.Polarizer Case

Soft-sided case to store all of my polarizers, ND filters and extra SD cards. 

8. Accessories 

I like to have a few options with me so I can quickly change out a look or touch up existing makeup. So I typically have a headband, some lotion and some lipstick with me, stored inside my Frost River Accessory Bag.

9. Wallet 

If I’m carrying around this large of a bag, I don’t want to also carry a purse if I don’t have to. So I just throw my wallet in the back pocket.

10. Hand Warmers 

I don’t have these every time I shoot, but they definitely are necessary in the cold Minnesota winters. It’s difficult to shoot when your hands are numb! 

11. Snacks! 

I literally don’t go anywhere without snacks. I feel like I’ve tried just about every granola / fruit /nut bar that’s in the market, and the Patagonia Provision bars are hands down my all time favorite. They are soft and chewy and made from all natural, organic ingredients. No added sugar = no sugar crashes later. Are they cheap? Not even a little bit. Are they worth the price? You bet your ass they are! 

12. Battery charger + extra battery 

An extra battery is a must! If I know I’m shooting, I’ll charge both batteries the night before, but sometimes an impromptu photo op will arise and it’s always a good plan to have more than one battery with you! 

13. Water bottle

I never leave home without a water bottle! 

14. Lens cleaner + ND filter 

Microfiber lens cloth to keep my lenses and filters dust free. The ND (neutral density) filter is great for shooting in bright light and is an added layer of protection on the glass of my lenses. It’s basically sunglasses for your lens!

15. Instax camera battery charger 

The battery on my Instax actually lasts a very long time, but it’s never a bad plan to have the chargers with you for a quick boost. 

16. Lenses 

My go-to lens is actually what came with my Canon 80D body - the EFS 18-135mm. I find it great for travel and every day photos that I’m typically shooting. I also have two fixed wide angle lenses, the EFS 24mm f/2.8 and the EF 28mm f/1.8 which capture beautiful night and portrait shots. 

17. Mini tripod

I recently acquired this Pro Master crazy legs tripod {link} that has been great for travel photography. I’m typically shooting alone, so I’ve been setting up my camera on this baby instead of trying to precariously balance my camera on a rock… (yeah I’ve been there) 

18. Cross body camera strap 

A friend of mine gave me this BlackRapid cross shot camera strap and I absolutely love it. You wear your camera strapped over your shoulder, with the body of the camera upside-down at your hips. This allows you to limit how much the camera is moving around on your body as you walk, but make it easy for you to grab and shoot. I love it for traveling and hiking because it’s more comfortable to wear than a typical neck strap. 

19. Neck strap 

Although I do usually keep the cross body strap on my camera, I like to keep the neck strap the camera came with as a back up. 

20. Frost River Accessory Bag zip pouch 

I store all of my little odds and ends - accessories, make up, lotion, etc. inside my Frost River Accessory Bag so I don’t loose anything inside the larger pockets of my camera bag. 

21. Soft-sided lens case 

For added protection of my lenses, I have a soft-sided drawstring pouch to store them in. 

22. Instax camera 

I love my instax mini 90 Polaroid camera. It’s just so fun to shoot with and I love having imperfect little snapshots of our travels around the house. Not to mention, it makes a great prop! 

There you have it, everything that I keep stored in my camera bag! If you’re just starting out yourself, I would recommend finding a camera that you love and build from there. You don’t have to go out and buy everything at once. My collection has been forming slowly over the years as I discover what I like and don’t like through trial and error. 

If all you have is a phone to take photos with, use it! Go out and have fun because the best gear you have, is the gear you have with you. 

To read Karen's full blog blog post, including more images and links to her favorites mentioned above, click the link to head directly to her site, galavantgal.com


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