When you buy your first camera, I’m guessing that you automatically think that you have to carry it with the strap that came with the camera.
I’m here to tell you that that’s not the case at all…
In fact, there are plenty of ways to carry your new camera, some good, some bad.
In the interest of helping you avoid the discomfort and inconvenience that I experienced when I got my first camera, here’s a couple of great ways to carry a camera and one way that you should avoid at all costs!
Good: Spider Holster SpiderLight Camera Holster
When you think about places on your body that are purpose-built for carrying things, the first thing that comes to mind should be your hips.
They’re the beefiest part of our bodies and can easily carry quite a load, including a camera or two!
The added benefit of getting your camera off your shoulder or away from your neck is that you have improved freedom of movement as well. That makes it easier on you to move around and get the shot you want.
Rather than getting your arms, hair, and head tangled up in a shoulder strap, you can simply quick-draw your camera whenever you need to shoot.
And don’t think that the SpiderLight is big and bulky, either.
It’s lightweight yet strong, and it won’t get in your way as you move around. It’s the best of all worlds!
The SpiderLight Camera Holster is incredibly durable for long-lasting performance and is designed to ergonomically fit on your hip.
The two-position metal lock means the camera is safe and securely attached to the holster, but remains easy for you to remove for a quick shot.
Good: Vanguard Alta Rise 45 Backpack
If you’re going out for a day of shooting, the first thing you’ll want is a good camera bag that will protect your gear, keep it organized, and give you space for extras like camera accessories, your phone, snacks, keys, and the like.
When I first started in photography, I just carried my gear in a regular backpack. That was a BIG mistake.
Everything knocks around as you walk because normal backpacks don’t have padded compartments for everything.
This bad boy will accommodate a large DSLR, 4-5 lenses, a flash, batteries and memory cards, and even a tripod. With a quick expansion zipper, you can add more space to fit a tablet or a laptop, too.
For quick access, there are side access points that allow you to grab your camera in a matter of seconds.
For comfort, the Alta Rise 45 has an ergonomic Air System back with harness, that way you can distribute the load more evenly across your shoulders, chest, back, and hips.
Not only is the bag well-padded all the way around to provide maximum protection to your gear, but it’s also incredibly well organized with dedicated pockets for all your essentials.
That brightly colored interior is a nice touch, too, so you don’t have to fumble around trying to find what you need.
The Alta Rise 45 even has an integrated rain cover, so if the weather turns south, you don’t have to worry about your gear.
Bad: Factory Camera Strap
The camera strap that comes with cameras is, in a word, terrible.
Not only is it completely uncomfortable to have a thin, flimsy strap cutting into your neck or shoulder, but they aren’t durable, either.
Without much use, they can begin to deteriorate, making them even less safe for carrying your camera.
And just one look at the photographer above, and you can see how camera straps dangle, just waiting to get caught on something.
What’s more, as I noted earlier, when you carry your camera using a traditional camera strap, the camera bounces around, banging you in your chest as you walk.
To avoid that, you can simply carry your camera over your shoulder, but then there’s nothing stopping it from slipping off your shoulder (other than a thin anti-skid pad on the inside of the strap that doesn’t work all that well).
So, factory camera straps are uncomfortable, don’t last long, and aren’t particularly safe for carrying your camera anyway.