Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Camera bags and backpacks are a great way to store your gear. But you can come awfully close to ditching it. And what’s more, you can save yourself potentially having to lug it around all the time. Having hauled my backpack through some rough terrain over the years, I can say I’m finally ready to save my aching upper body. 😀
The first and most important step is to plan your next shoot. If you have clear objectives you can avoid the tendency to take every bit of gear you own. For example, if you’re shooting portraits, you can take a suitable prime lens. Or if you’re doing a wedding, you can take a versatile zoom that allows you to adapt to changing conditions. Planning ahead of time can reduce your fatigue level a great deal.
The second step is to find a good way to carry your pre-planned gear along with you. There are many methods, but the one that’s saving my spine and that I’m happy to introduce to you today is something I picked up during my recent trip to the ImagingUSA conference: the “camera holster.” Along with the right accessories, this is a great way to allow your hips to support the weight of your gear instead of your back.
I was initially skeptical; but when I watched the holster demoed on the expo floor, I became a believer. It’s actually quite a nifty feat of engineering, because you deliberately have to lift the camera ninety degrees in order to disengage it from the latch. Otherwise it’s virtually impossible to remove. Now combine it with a place to clip your flash and an extra lens? A near cure-all for sore shoulders.
Do you have ways of your own to avoid carrying too many extra pounds? Let’s hear about them in the comments section! Cheers. 🙂
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