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The 5 Best Ways to Protect Your Camera Equipment

Traveling for work can be one of the main aspects of your job if you’re a photographer, which means it’s essential that you have the right resources to keep your gear safe.

From wet weather to bumpy roads, we break down everything you need to keep your expensive and valuable kit safe.

Have waterproof covers

You should ideally have a waterproof bag with you at all times, just in case the weather turns bad out of nowhere. When looking for a dry bag, you should consider its practicality and functionality.

There is a wide range of waterproof covers available, so there will be a great cover for you no matter what your budget. To find good coverage, always check reviews before you buy, and ask people in your area what types of coverage they have and what they recommend.

Upgrade your camera strap

Your camera bag is only as good as the strap you have, and if the strap isn’t doing the job it should, it can affect the quality of your work. Many brands create bracelets that both look great and are extremely functional.

Remember that the strap should support cameras that can weigh up to 200 pounds, so it should rest comfortably on your shoulder and be strong enough to hold all that weight.

Use a foam insert in your suitcase

When traveling for different jobs and photoshoots, you need to make sure your gear is safe, especially if it’s placed in small storage compartments on airplanes, buses, or trains. Not only that, but it means you can reduce your overall luggage by condensing your gear into one box.

Custom foam inserts can be used to fill your gear case, allowing you to have specific molded areas for each individual piece of gear. The versatility of the inserts means that any shape can be cut from the foam, meaning your cameras and accessories can fit perfectly inside your cases while being fully protected from bumps or scrapes.

Fix small problems

You’re probably familiar with the saying prevention is better than cure, and that fits the cameras, too. If you notice any small issues with your camera, you should have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Get in the habit of regularly cleaning and checking your camera for any cosmetic issues. You can also get camera service from time to time to check that all internal operations are working as they should. Although it can be expensive, it’s worth making sure your camera is in good working order.

Use your tripod with care

You may think your camera is stable on your tripod, but you still need to check that it’s secure. The last thing you want to do is knock your tripod over, only for your camera to crash into the ground, risking shattering your lens or screen.

You also need to make sure your tripod is on a flat surface, or at least the weight of the legs is evenly distributed to prevent wobbling. When you have placed the camera on the tripod, hold the strap loosely for a few seconds to ensure that the camera will not fall.

There’s nothing more frustrating than having a perfect shot in front of you, only to have it ruined by your safety gear letting you down. The best preventative methods you can employ are to use protective gear such as foam boxes, heavy-duty straps, and effective waterproof covers.

Chris Price