Canvas Camera Bag – Durable and Stylish

You have a lot of options if you’re looking for a camera bag as far as material is concerned. Leather is a popular choice. But if you’re going to base your decision on what others have been buying, you may want to purchase a canvas camera bag.

You’re probably wondering why a lot of photographers prefer this material for their bags. Well, you would know the answer if you know the benefits of using canvas. First of all, it’s one of the most durable materials that you can find. It can stand forces that can easily rip apart lesser materials. This alone is reason enough why you should get a canvas camera bag. After all, you’re protecting something very expensive. The last thing you would want is your camera bag ripping accidentally and your camera crashing on the ground.

A bag made of canvas is also a good investment if you’re looking for short and long-term returns. It can easily stand the test of time. It’s commonly used in ship sails so you know that in addition to being durable, it can also stand the rigors of time. This way, you don’t have to buy a new one every few months. You can focus on buying new accessories for your camera using the savings that you’ll get from not buying new bags.

A canvas camera bag can also be fashionable like leather. There are a lot of designs available so you can still be stylish and fashionable while you’re enjoying the durability of the material. Here are some good examples:

1. Domke F-802 Reporter’s Satchel

Satchels have always been very stylish. But you’re not paying for the style alone. A satchel bag is also multi-purpose. This canvas camera bag can also be a laptop bag so you can be sure that there are enough spaces and compartments for your camera and its accessories. It has seven compartments all in all which are more than enough.

2. Leica 14855 Billingham Combination Bag

This is a bag that is designed for the Leica M Series. So if you have one, this bag is perfect for you. But even if you don’t have one, you may want to at least check it out. You’ll see what I mean once you see this stylish and durable bag.

3. Domke F-833 Large Photo Courier Bag

There are some photographers who don’t want to advertise to the whole world that they are photographers. If you’re like that, then you would need a canvas bag that doesn’t look like one. This bag is perfect because it looks like a bike messenger bag that anyone would carry. But it does a great job of carrying your camera, lenses and accessories.

There are a lot of other options for you and these three are supposed to give you an idea on what you can expect from a canvas camera bag. So check out your options so you can protect your investment with a bag that’s made with a very durable material.

Real Estate Agents: A Day in the Life

Every couple of months while we’re driving from one property showing to the next a client says begrudgingly “you have such an easy job driving around looking at houses all day”. Yeah,right. The recent flurry of articles proclaiming that today’s real estate commissions are too high in relation to the amount of work agents do to receive them, haven’t provided the new Internet brokerage models large market shares. And haven’t convinced buyers and sellers to say “I wish I knew how to quit you” to realty agents.

It’s easy to stand on the outside looking in on the residential real estate industry and say, you’re overpaid. After working as a real estate broker full-time for nine years, I have to admit I’ve never worked harder. My typical day starts at 7 a.m. picking up email and voice mail, formatting electronic property brochures, editing virtual tours and booking print advertising for the coming weekends public open houses. During business hours the outwardly visible part of my day includes meetings, showing appointments, staging a new listing, returning phone calls, faxing documents, writing copy for a new listing, organizing a multi-day property tour with incoming relocation buyers, and all the other duties a sole proprietor is responsible for. It ends around 9 p.m. confirming an appointment to show a listing, receiving a counter-offer on a purchase contract and consoling a buyer who needs to back out of a contract because her boyfriend (who’s income is required for the mortgage) broke up with her. This goes on 24/7, 365 days a year.

In the purpose of full disclosure here is a list of what listing and buyer agents do. This list is excerpted from my second book “Starting and Succeeding in Real Estate” Thomson 2003.

Duties performed in the sale of a property.

Agent time and marketing expense to receive listing appointment.

Marketing material expense and time to prepare CMA (Comparative marketing analysis).

Actual time spent on listing appointment to review CMA.

Market knowledge to prepare CMA.

Actual time to meet with seller’s to sign listing agreement and related documents.

Prepare listing for market. Time and cost to prepare property brochures, order yard sign, take property photos, virtual tour, inputting into Multiple Listing Service, and marketing to other agents and public.

Time to prepare and hold brokers open house(s).

Time to prepare and hold public open house(s).

Telephone calls to set appointments.

Time spent traveling to and from property, showing property for each appointment.

Call property sellers with showing feedback.

Receive; return phone calls concerning property from public and agents.

Write ads, place ads in local/regional newspapers.

Receive contract and related documents on property, review and present to sellers.

Present acceptance/counteroffer to sellers

Counsel property sellers through negotiation.

Courier contract for changes, final signatures.

Courier earnest money deposit.

If condo procure and deliver condo declarations, by-laws, rules and application information.

Prepare brokerage worksheet for transaction.

Change property status in Multiple listing services.

Attend property inspection(s).

Negotiate inspection issues.

Contact and forward contract to attorneys, escrow agent and mortgage lender.

Communicate contract status to property seller and buyers agent.

Place under contract sign rider on for sale yard sign.

Set up and attend showing appointments for buyers to measure or have contractors, friends, and family to view property.

Set up and attend mortgage lenders appraiser’s visit to property.

Ongoing assorted phone calls/e-mail to transaction participants.

Prepare brokerage documents (closing statement, etc.) for closing.

Set up and attend final walk through before closing.

Time spent during and to, from closing location.

Attend closing.

Preparing and submitting final closed paperwork to brokerage on property.

Expense and time for client gift and thank-you.

For some seller’s: arrange for movers, inspection repairs, snow/yard maintenance, move out cleaning, utility shut off, winterizing of pipes, etc.

Duties performed in the purchase of a property.

Agent time and marketing expense to receive buyers call or email to meet with them.

Floor duty in office, weekly, monthly.

Attend office sales meetings, weekly, monthly.

Attend company sales/ award meetings.

Attend continuing education and professional development courses.

Time to prepare buyers packet for meeting.

Actual time spent meeting in office for first time with prospective buyers.

Meeting with prospective buyers to meet with mortgage lender.

Making appointments to preview properties.

Previewing potential properties for buyers.

Making appointments to view potential properties with buyers.

Accompanying buyers looking at potential properties.

Attending brokers open houses to view new inventories of homes for sale.

Write contract, disclosures etc. on buyer’s prospective property to purchase.

Deliver and present contract to seller’s agent and sellers.

Negotiate terms of contract to agreement.

Counsel buyers through negotiation.

Courier contract to buyers for sign off on changes as agreed upon in negotiation.

If condo procure and deliver condo declarations, by-laws, rules and application information.

Prepare brokerage worksheet for transaction.

Contact and forward contract to attorneys, escrow agent and mortgage lender.

Attend property inspections.

Negotiate issues.

Communicate contract status to buyers, attorneys and escrow agents.

Accompany buyers on property showings to measure, meet contractors or show property to friends and family.

Ongoing assorted phone calls/e-mail to transaction participants.

Prepare required brokerage documents for closing.

Set up and attend final walk through before closing.

Attend closing.

Purchase client thank-you gift and deliver.

Assist buyers with movers, repairs etc.

Post closing follow up with buyers.

The Photo Handbag, A Gift That will Truly Be Appreciated

Many relationships have experienced tumultuous times because a husband forgot an occasion. Sure you may be very busy, but forgetting an anniversary or a birthday is something that may be unforgivable, well maybe for just a couple of days. There is really no excuse for this.

Besides, if you truly love your wife or your partner, you wouldn’t want to hurt her feelings now do you? Forgetting an important occasion would make her feel unimportant, unappreciated and unloved. This may sound too trivial for some men, but hey, who said that life is fair?

One great way to make amends is to give her a gift. Sure this may sound materialistic but if you get her a gift that shows how truly sorry you are, then all may be forgiven. Plus, when you start being creative, it will show that you took the time to find a good gift and this means that you love her, appreciate her and she is important to you.

So what kind of gift should you get that shows all of what has been said in the previous paragraph? What gift says you took the time and the effort to make it really personal? Definitely a PlayStation 3 is out of the question. You need something feminine yet has some touches that show that it’s not just something you picked out from a rack. It would also be great if it’s practical, something she can use on a daily basis and something she can show off to her friends.

Chocolates and flowers are too cliché, you need something that lasts. Something like a handbag. But not just a handbag, it should be a handbag that shows you put some effort into it; this calls for the photo handbag. A photo handbag just shrieks of personalization, it means that you personalized it, there is something in the handbag that she will appreciate.

With a personalized photo handbag, you will be able to choose a picture that she likes and have it imprinted in the side of the handbag. It could be your wedding photo, your family photo, a picture of her kids, or any photo that she is especially fond of.

Taking the time to choose the photo and having it imprinted in a handbag will show that you care about her feelings and you want her to be happy. With the technology available today, you will be able to order a photo handbag and have it finished in no time at all.

If there is no shop in your area that provides this kind of service, then all you have to do is go to the internet. There you will be able to see various sites that feature this kind of service. Plus, you don’t even have to go out of your house or office. You can order through the site, send the photo you want printed and have it gift wrapped and sent to your home. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of photo handbags where the photo will be printed.

With ordering a photo handbag from the internet, you can always tell your wife that you haven’t forgotten about your anniversary or her birthday and just blame the courier for delivering it late.

5 Summer Jobs That Keep You Living an Eco Lifestyle Outside

Summer means school and campus life is on break, but that doesn’t mean your eco lifestyle efforts need to go on break as well. Staying active outside and using green living initiatives can help keep your environmental efforts alive and can show friends and family at home your passion for green living.

Living an eco lifestyle does not simply mean recycling, but covers being outside and helping the environment as much as possible. During the summer months, finding a job that allows you to do that can be difficult. That’s why we put together a list of 5 summer jobs that keep you living an eco lifestyle while staying outside!

1. Camp Counselor

* Not only does this job get you outside, but you also get the chance to travel and interact with children. There are hundreds of camps all over the country looking for counselors with a passion for the activities these camps provide. A camps focus can range from bible study to BMX camps; whatever you have a passion for, there is a camp that will allow you to show and teach your passion to others while enjoying the outdoors.

* Pay: This all depends on the camp you coach at. Pay is typically $175-400 a week, in addition (most of the time) to free room and board.

2. Photographer

* Turn a hobby of yours into a money making summer job participating in something you love! There are countless websites that pay for photos as well as art galleries, tourist groups and individuals who will pay for quality photos. You can come up with your own site and sell your photos online, or use an organized website like

* Pay: You can charge whatever you want for your personal photos, but most website databases will pay you 20% of each sale.

3. Landscape Architect/Gardener

* This can be as businesslike or casual as you want to make it. By putting up signs in your community you can offer services as simple as mowing the lawn and weeding flower beds, to creating and making walkways and fountains. Make sure you’ve had experience with architecture before doing the harder jobs.

* Pay: Depending on the type of service rendered, you can make anywhere between $10-100 an hour from this organic living job.

4. Lifeguard

* This position needs prior training, but once you are Red Cross certified, you can turn a love of swimming into a summer job anywhere! The costs of a class ranges from $100-400 but the pay is usually much more than minimal wage so you make up that money in no time!

* Pay: Usually ranges around $9-15.

5. Bike Courier

* Turn the biking skills you acquired on campus into an outdoor summer job. This kind of job is particularly popular in cities, specifically NYC and LA, but can be found in other areas too. Lots of pizza and sub places that deliver might like the idea of a more eco friendly way of delivering their product. You can also offer your services to apartment buildings for delivering groceries.

* Pay: Depends on the store. Many couriers work on tips.