Camera bags are a touchy subject for me. I’ve looked and looked and LOOKED for a cool bag that I don’t loathe carrying around. But I never found one that I like the look of AND can also safely carry my camera body and lens (meaning there’s some layer of padding / protection between my equipment and the bag itself). So, I decided to make my own.
I turned my fave mini weekender Clare V bag into a camera bag (that actually protects my camera and lenses). And I thought I’d share how I did it, in case you want to give it a try with one of your bags.
How to Turn any Bag into a Camera Bag
All you really need to make your own camera bag is a good quality, padded camera bag insert AND a bag that is large enough to fit the insert that also has durable straps for carrying heavier items. Sadly, my exact bag is no longer available, but sometimes they pop up for sale used (it’s by Clare V and called the Sandrine Speedy Handbag).
Most well-made bags are going to have handles strong enough to lug everything around with no problem. BUT it is something that you need to consider because the one thing you don’t want to have happen is your trap to break and have your camera equipment flying through the air.
I really like this camera bag insert from Amazon (which comes in several different colors and is less than $20), but there are TONS of options! Anytime I can shop for things on Amazon, I will! So here’s a link to all of the padded inserts they have, if you feel like browsing. Lots of good ones and different sizes too.
AND because you’re also going to need a cool bag, here are some of my picks that I think would be a perfect DIY camera bag…
(clockwise from top left) dune backpack from Yield Design
Loeffler Randall cruise tote from Need Supply
brown La Tropezienne bag from Clare V
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack on Amazon (lots of colors)
Apolis I’m Here market bag from Need Supply
suede tote in dirty sand from Madewell
Vere Verto taupe bucket bag from Need Supply
drawstring grid backpack from Baggu
prague satchel from Madewell
Creatures of Comfort blue bucket bag from Need Supply
I’ve been using this bag as a camera bag for about a month now and finally got around to shooting it and posting. This post is clearly long overdue. And I’ve been really happy with how its working out. No one would ever know that bag is a camera bag unless they opened it up. And it fits everything I need for shoots!
Totally taking this guy with me to the Caribbean. We head out this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.
Do you have a study bag like this that would be a good fit for a camera bag? Curious to know!