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Photo Fun Month! Black Rapid RS-W1 Camera Strap Review & Giveaway

CONTEST CLOSED!

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black rapid giveaway

I’m super excited to be giving away a Black Rapid RS-W1 strap! This strap is designed for ladies, and it makes it comfortable to wear your camera cross-body. I watched a 5 minute YouTube video to get the strap set up & customized to my height and within a few minutes I was ready to rock!

The first time I used the strap was while on vacation in St. Augustine. Wearing my camera with the Black Rapid strap was so much easier than the neck strap! I couldn’t believe it! Especially with also carrying my purse, camera bag, diaper bag, and pushing the stroller…. OMG! There was so much stuff. I was glad to have my camera in a much more comfortable position.

When I got home, I shot an event with my friends Jessica Savidge & Dan Rakofsky, from Art Essence Studio. I used the strap & found it really comfortable to use while shooting “for real” – plus it has such a professional look! Overall, a winning combination.

The strap is fully adjustable and it’s just so comfortable to wear since the cross-body strap has a bit of a curve to it. When I wear my other camera around my neck now, it hurts compared to the camera I wear with the Black Rapid! My neck is in a lot less pain following a wedding thanks to this strap. In addition to comfort, the strap has a subtle damask pattern on it. Not only does it just look so professional, but it has a hint of girly goodness, which I really love. It’s feminine and function, built into one product!

Check out the great photo that Dan (also a Black Rapid fan) took of me below:

black rapid giveaway

You can buy the strap directly from Black Rapid & it’s also available on Amazon, where the RS-W1 is only $59 to have your very own – and it’s an investment that’s well worth it!!

The folks at BlackRapid have been kind enough to provide one of my lucky readers with a free strap! The giveaway is open to US residents age 18 & up. Here’s how to enter:

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment telling me how you feel that the Black Rapid strap will change the way you shoot or how you’ll benefit from using it.

Additional entries (leave a SEPARATE comment for each one, do not put them all in one comment please):

  • Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect (see sidebar)
  • Let me know if you follow Bright Autumn Sun’s Facebook Page
  • Follow @karenlisa on Twitter
  • Let me know if you follow Black Rapid’s Facebook Page
  • Follow @blackrapid on Twitter
  • Add Bright Autumn Sun (http://www.siren.org) to your blog roll (or grab my button)
  • Subscribe via email (see sidebar) and make sure you verify your email address!
  • Vote for my blog on Top Baby Blogs (vote daily for extra entries!)
  • Vote for my blog on Picket Fence Blogs (vote daily for extra entries!)
  • Tweet daily for extra entries: I entered to win an awesome @BlackRapid RS-W1 camera strap during @karenlisa’s #photofunmonth! http://bit.ly/al5FJd

The contest ends on November 23, 2010 at 11:59pm Eastern time.

Disclosure: I received a sample product to review. I was not compensated for this post in any other way. All opinions stated are my own.

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LCWNovember 2, 2010 - 9:59 am

I am a newbie, and getting my first DSLR, so I’m excited to accessorize my new camera.

LCWNovember 2, 2010 - 10:00 am

I follow you on Twitter.

LCWNovember 2, 2010 - 10:00 am

I added you to my reader!

LCWNovember 2, 2010 - 10:01 am

Tweet, tweet.

Jess@Straight TalkNovember 2, 2010 - 10:11 am

I’d love one of these to make my camera my own. It’s beautiful!

Jess@Straight TalkNovember 2, 2010 - 10:11 am

I voted!

AbiNovember 2, 2010 - 11:14 am

I’d be more excited to carry my new camera places if it were a bit more stylish.

Julie BNovember 2, 2010 - 11:24 am

It would make me feel like a professional photographer, or at least someone who knows how to take a good photo…so I would use my camera more often.

Julie BNovember 2, 2010 - 11:26 am

voted for you today on both sites.

KelliNovember 2, 2010 - 4:01 pm

I’m following you and BlackRapid on fb. i just watched the video and i’d love to win this strap. since my open heart surgery five years ago, my chest is sensitive to extra weight up front. I’m always looking for products (clothing, necklaces etc.) that will be comfortable, this strap looks perfect. If i don’t win your drawing i have added it to my wishlist of products for my business. thanks.

BonnieNovember 3, 2010 - 7:54 pm

I can’t walk around with my camera on my neck for long periods of time. This would make it more comfortable!

AngieNovember 3, 2010 - 8:39 pm

I bought a black rapid strap a couple of years ago–before there was a woman’s version. I love it, and I think I’d love the RS-W1 even more!

AngieNovember 3, 2010 - 8:40 pm

voted on Picket Fence Blogs!

julieNovember 3, 2010 - 9:14 pm

love your work!

AmberNovember 4, 2010 - 11:32 pm

Not only does it look awesome, but I like wearing my camera over one shoulder, so a strap designed for that would be AWESOME!!
amber :)

AmberNovember 4, 2010 - 11:33 pm

I LIKE you on facebook!

AmberNovember 4, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Follow you on Twitter.
@mommastuffblog
amber :)

AmberNovember 4, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Your button’s already on my sidebar!
amber :)

AmberNovember 4, 2010 - 11:35 pm

Voted on Top Baby Blogs!
Amber :)

AmberNovember 4, 2010 - 11:35 pm

Voted on Picket Fence!
amber :)

racergirl1313November 5, 2010 - 4:49 pm

I carry my camera a lot at events we go to so I know the Black Rapid will help me be more comfortable carrying it.

racergirl1313November 5, 2010 - 4:51 pm

I follow via GFC

racergirl1313November 5, 2010 - 4:52 pm

I follow you on Twitter -@racergirl1313

racergirl1313November 5, 2010 - 4:53 pm

I follow BlackRapid on Twitter -@racergirl1313

racergirl1313November 5, 2010 - 4:53 pm
Maura van der LindenNovember 5, 2010 - 10:14 pm

I follow you and BlackRapid. No need to enter me in the drawing but I wanted to add my comment that this strap ROCKS. I had to switch from wearing my camera around my neck when I hurt my back and most straps were really uncomfortable and left my camera dangling awkwardly. This strap has really done the trick and I love it.

CasseyNovember 5, 2010 - 11:11 pm

I’ve had R strap envy recently, I’d love this strap!

CasseyNovember 5, 2010 - 11:12 pm

I am a fan of your facebook page.

CasseyNovember 5, 2010 - 11:14 pm

I follow you on twitter.

CasseyNovember 5, 2010 - 11:16 pm

I am a fan of black rapid on facebook and I follow them on twitter.

CasseyNovember 5, 2010 - 11:22 pm

I subscribed to your newsletter and tweeted this giveaway!

MelanieNovember 5, 2010 - 11:58 pm

I think the Black Rapid would be awesome to have because due to a neck injury having a strap around my neck is really uncomfortable, I think the RS-W1 would be a huge improvement over a regular neck strap and I love that is designed specifically for women!

MelanieNovember 5, 2010 - 11:58 pm

Followed Black Rapid on Twitter!

MelanieNovember 5, 2010 - 11:59 pm

Following @karenlisa on Twitter!

MelanieNovember 6, 2010 - 12:01 am

Following Black Rapid’s Facebook Fan Page!

Heidi K.November 6, 2010 - 12:15 pm

I feel that this strap will help me better support my camera… and add a little extra fun and pizzazz to my photo taking adventures!

racergirl1313November 6, 2010 - 10:52 pm

(This doesn’t appear to have posted from yesterday)

I fillow you on Twitter- @racergirl1313

racergirl1313November 6, 2010 - 10:53 pm
racergirl1313November 6, 2010 - 10:53 pm

11-5 tweet http://twitter.com/racergirl1313/status/651040479248386

(This didn’t post yesterday either. Thanks!)

racergirl1313November 7, 2010 - 4:43 pm
percyzunigaNovember 8, 2010 - 12:53 am

i think that the black rapid strap will give me peace with my lenses.. :)

racergirl1313November 8, 2010 - 11:43 am
mrs.marcusNovember 8, 2010 - 10:11 pm

I’m new to this dslr game and I think it’ll make carrying my camera much more comfortable.

RayNovember 8, 2010 - 11:45 pm

I have been meaning to purchase the Black Rapid RS-W1 for a while now and I keep procrastinating!

Done done done and done!!!

Mary-KateNovember 8, 2010 - 11:56 pm

Oh my goodness this strap is amazing! It would make lugging my big dslr around the city a) easier b) more comfortable c) infinitely more stylish. I adore it!

RosyNovember 9, 2010 - 1:24 am

Omg… My neck strap kills me when I’m working long hours with my camera. Would love this gorgeous cross body!!

[…] Black Rapid Camera Strap – this is an awesome camera strap designed for women. Shooting with the Black Rapid RS-W1 has eased the pressure on my neck and back considerably when I photograph weddings & sessions and I’m excited to be giving one away! This is a GREAT strap for traveling when you will be walking around for extended periods of time with your DSLR! (ends November 23rd) […]

racergirl1313November 9, 2010 - 10:52 am
amieNovember 9, 2010 - 12:02 pm

I have been eyeing this strap now for awhile.. Just upgraded to a (heavier!) Canon MarkII and would love to try this strap. Seems like it would be way more comfortable on shoots!

amieNovember 9, 2010 - 12:07 pm

just signed up to follow your facebook and twitter feeds!

amieNovember 9, 2010 - 12:09 pm

I already follow Black Rapid on Facebook – just followed on Twitter too

Jay McIntyreNovember 9, 2010 - 5:15 pm

I follow blackrapid on twitter

Jay McIntyreNovember 9, 2010 - 5:15 pm

I am a fan of blackrapid on facebook

Vadim DanielNovember 9, 2010 - 5:54 pm

I use this Black Rapid for about a year. It’s great! Finally I don’t have a neck pain

Kino HickeyNovember 9, 2010 - 6:06 pm

I think being a sports/Event Photographer …This is an ideal tool for me to always be at.the ready

Cristina GaglianoNovember 9, 2010 - 9:36 pm

follow autumn bright sun on fb

Cristina GaglianoNovember 9, 2010 - 9:36 pm

follow @karenlisa

racergirl1313November 10, 2010 - 11:18 am
NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:51 am

I’d benefit from this because I’d be much more likely to take my camera with me if I had this strap. So many times I leave it behind because it doesn’t fit right with my current strap.

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:51 am

I follow your blog via google friend connect – Niecey

nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:51 am

I like Bright Autumn Sun on facebook
Niecey Docherty
nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:52 am

I follow @karenlisa on twitter
@goodieslist
nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:52 am

I like BlackRapid on facebook
Niecey Docherty
nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:53 am

I follow BlackRapid on twitter
@goodieslist
nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:53 am

I have your button on my blog sidebar

http://goodieslist.blogspot.com/

nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:53 am

I voted for you on top baby blogs
nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

NieceyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:54 am

I voted for you on picket fence
nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

racergirl1313November 11, 2010 - 11:08 am
susan varneyNovember 11, 2010 - 12:02 pm

it will be steadier mverno@roadrunner.com

Leah PeasleyNovember 11, 2010 - 7:15 pm

Well, last trip with a heavy camera, I came back and had subluxated the vertebrae in my neck from it pulling on my spine the entire trip! UTTER fail. Getting it distributed across the shoulder/chest and letting you relax the shoulders and neck WHILE keeping the camera secure? Priceless. Well, money making too, since no ER and XRAY bills to pay :P

Shannon BaasNovember 11, 2010 - 9:03 pm

Make it easier to carry.

racergirl1313November 12, 2010 - 12:47 pm
RandiNovember 13, 2010 - 2:23 pm

I think that this strap would make it so that I’m less likely to miss a shot, since it would be more comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. Thanks!

TZelNovember 13, 2010 - 10:34 pm

It will definitely mean fewer camera-related visits to the chiropractor!!!

racergirl1313November 14, 2010 - 11:26 am
Taphath CanonNovember 14, 2010 - 12:24 pm

I am new to photography and just helped a friend at a wedding last night. I was assisting her and also second shooting, so I was constantly putting the camera down and picking it up again. This strap would be wonderful so I could help my friend and still have my camera handy for shots.

Taphath CanonNovember 14, 2010 - 12:28 pm

I like black rapid on facebook.

Taphath CanonNovember 14, 2010 - 12:31 pm

I just subscribed to the RSS feed, can you tell I really want to win a strap.

Taphath CanonNovember 14, 2010 - 12:36 pm

I voted on top baby blogs.

Taphath CanonNovember 14, 2010 - 12:37 pm

I voted on picket fence blogs.

racergirl1313November 15, 2010 - 10:42 am
Taphath CanonNovember 15, 2010 - 6:39 pm

I voted for picket fence blog.

Taphath CanonNovember 15, 2010 - 6:39 pm

I voted for top baby blogs.

MaryroseNovember 16, 2010 - 1:50 pm

I’m trying to start my photog business up! and I think that this strap would make my shoots go a lot easier!

MaryroseNovember 16, 2010 - 1:51 pm

I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs

MaryroseNovember 16, 2010 - 1:51 pm

I voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs

MaryroseNovember 16, 2010 - 1:58 pm

I follow Black Rapid’s facebook page

MaryroseNovember 16, 2010 - 2:00 pm

I subscribe to your blog via e-mail

racergirl1313November 16, 2010 - 3:12 pm
racergirl1313November 17, 2010 - 1:24 pm
racergirl1313November 18, 2010 - 10:27 am
Taphath CanonNovember 18, 2010 - 11:04 pm

I voted on top baby blogs again today.

Taphath CanonNovember 18, 2010 - 11:04 pm

I voted on picket fences blogs again today.

racergirl1313November 19, 2010 - 11:01 am
MelissaNovember 19, 2010 - 11:11 am

My current strap is the one that came with the camera, and it’s getting worn-looking and a bit scratchy/uncomfortable. This one looks a lot more cushion-y and comfortable for my neck!

MelissaNovember 19, 2010 - 11:11 am

Following you with Google Friend Connect

MelissaNovember 19, 2010 - 11:12 am

Following Bright Autumn Sun’s Facebook Page

MelissaNovember 19, 2010 - 11:13 am

Following @karenlisa on Twitter (@melissity)

Taphath CanonNovember 20, 2010 - 10:21 am

Got up this morning and voted on picket fence blogs (even before breakfast).

Taphath CanonNovember 20, 2010 - 10:23 am

While I was up I also voted on top baby blogs.

Audrey MNovember 20, 2010 - 4:37 pm

I dont have a strap for my camera, and it would be nice. Thankyou

Taphath CanonNovember 21, 2010 - 10:41 am

Top baby blogs got my vote again today.

Taphath CanonNovember 21, 2010 - 10:42 am

Picket fence blogs also go my vote today.

racergirl1313November 22, 2010 - 10:05 am
Taphath CanonNovember 22, 2010 - 10:16 am

Before heading off to work, I voted for top baby blogs.

Taphath CanonNovember 22, 2010 - 10:17 am

Also before heading off to work, I voted for picket fence blogs.

AngelaNovember 22, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Following Bright Autumn Sun’s Facebook Page

AngelaNovember 22, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Following @karenlisa on Twitter (@angela2x3)

AngelaNovember 22, 2010 - 5:31 pm

Following Black Rapid’s Facebook Fan Page!

AngelaNovember 22, 2010 - 5:35 pm

I have been dying for a Black Rapid strap after seeing one at a photo shoot my family and I had done with Reiley Photography (unfortunately we live to far away to be able to use Karen!! Your next visit north right Karen?!?) Seeing how easy it was for her to be able to grab her camera and get a shot made me realize it would be a perfect accessory for me to make taking my camera with me on outing with my son much easier!

Jennifer MNovember 22, 2010 - 11:31 pm

I love the idea of a cross body strap and think it will make it more comfortable to carry my camera around, as well as easy to pick it up and start shooting.

SUSANmeepNovember 23, 2010 - 7:14 am

It would make taking pictures easier, the camera can get heavy! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

SUSANmeepNovember 23, 2010 - 7:14 am

I follow you via gfc suelee1998 @ gmail.com

Taphath CanonNovember 23, 2010 - 8:07 am

I woke up early and voted on top baby blogs.

Taphath CanonNovember 23, 2010 - 8:12 am

Even earlier I voted for picket fence blogs. It looks like this will be my last entry into the contest- I am hoping to win because for years I had neck and back pain due to really large lady parts (TMI- I know). I have a breast reduction in 2005 and by neck and back feel so much better. I do still go to therapy for it from time to time, but overall by back feels new again. I just don’t want the weight of the camera to bring back all that pain. I often carry my camera on my shoulder now, but it is awkward to swing it back around when I want to get a shot. Thanks for having this contest and good luck to everyone that entered.

AlisonNovember 23, 2010 - 11:30 am

This would be nice for my husband, as he dislikes the strap that came with his camera. :/

THANK YOU!

Chrystal J.November 23, 2010 - 7:04 pm

It would be more comfortable and stylish than my current camera strap.

Chrystal J.November 23, 2010 - 7:05 pm

Follow publicly via Google Friend Connect (Chrystal)

Chrystal J.November 23, 2010 - 7:06 pm

Like you on Facebook (Chrystal Jones)

Chrystal J.November 23, 2010 - 7:06 pm

Follow you on Twitter- @chryskay

Joel CastanedaNovember 23, 2010 - 10:47 pm

It would be so much easier and comfortable to carry a heavy camera.

Joel CastanedaNovember 23, 2010 - 10:48 pm

I follow @karenlisa on Twitter

Joel CastanedaNovember 23, 2010 - 10:52 pm

I follow @blackrapid on Twitter

Joel CastanedaNovember 23, 2010 - 10:52 pm

I follow Black Rapid’s Facebook Page

Joel CastanedaNovember 23, 2010 - 10:53 pm

I subscribe via email

GiannaNovember 24, 2010 - 1:18 am

I just got a new camera for my husband so i’d love to see how it works for him :)