Step 1: Choose a Camera
This short paragraph won't be enough to decide for you. Do some research before dropping $200 on a camera.
I'm doing general family pictures as well as artistic shots I'm trying to sell.
I use a Minolta XG-A film SLR with a 135mm CPC telephoto lens and a 50mm Minolta lens. I also carry a Canon Powershot A75.
Step 2: Choose a Bag
There are three main types I will go over. They are:
Belt clip, compact bag with strap, and full sized/ camcorder bags.
Each has it advantages and disadvantages, but no matter what you need to chose one.
Another option is to use a diaper bag. It has plenty of compartments and is less likely to be stolen.
Step 3: Belt Clip
Pros: Small, lightweight, cheap
Cons: Small, easily stolen, no storage
Another alternative to these is to use a foam can cooler (aka "koozie").
Step 4: Compact Bag With Strap
Pros: Can hold larger cameras, lightweight, cheap, can hold accessories
Cons: Not big enough for SLR, easy to steal
Step 5: Full Sized/ Camcorder Bags
Pros: Large, durable, lots of carrying capacity.
Cons: Heavy, bulky, can't be concealed
Step 6: Belt Clip Holster
Step 7: What to Pack in a Small Bag
Digital camera, 3 memory cards, 2 sets of batteries, a lens cloth (or small disposable pack), and a short usb cable
Step 8: Packing a Large Bag
-Film SLR (Minolta XG-A)
-CPC 135mm telephoto lens (I keep my 50mm on the camera)
-Digital Camera (Canon A-75)
-Flash for Minolta
-Extra film. I usually take 2 extra rolls for a week long trip or 4-5 for a month. I only end up using around 1 a month
-Extra memory cards
-Extra batteries. 2 sets for the digital, 1 set for flash, and 3 sets for film
-Cable shutter release
-Lens cleaning cloth
-If possible my leatherman
-Robot patch. Just because I can
-Battery charger and car cable for charger
Step 9: Carrying a Tripod
To carry your tripod you can strap it to your bag or use a hook to keep it on your belt. I use a Bigg Lugg cordless tool hook. I also use a fabric strap to keep it from opening. One end is tied to the head and the other end has a slipknot that goes around the bottom of the legs.
If you are hiking consider a monopod.
Step 10: Day Trips With a SLR
Step 11: Tips for Taking Pictures
-Avoid using a tripod. Its harder, carrying is easier and you don't stick out.
-Stand off to the side. This is also good because you don't get bumped and jostled and you don't end up with the standard "postcard picture".
-Take side routes. Don't just go to the main attractions. You end up with a better view of the local culture.
-Ask people if you can take their picture. If you don't speak the language point and most people will understand what you want.
-Try to blend in. I've found that khakis and a button down or polo shirt blend in almost anywhere, and light gray or brown t-shirts look good even after a few days. They blend in even better if they are wrinkled or already worn.
-Avoid using flash. It draws attention to you.
-Make friends. Locals can help you out, especially if you aren't fluent in their language (watch out, some will rip you off for the same reason). They also know where all the hidden attractions are.