If you have enough experience taking photos using a proper camera and see a budding photographer snapping away while the camera strap is flailing about in the wind, you instantly know what’s wrong.
The easiest way to tell apart an amateur photographer walking around with an expensive DSLR from a pro is to closely observe where they hang their camera strap before they even snap any photos.
You may be among the slew of photographers who hang their camera strap from their neck or don’t bother using a strap at all – we’re here to set the record straight and let you know that that’s a bad idea. A really bad idea.
Why Pros Hang Their Camera from Their Shoulders
There’s good reason why seasoned photographers hang their cameras from their shoulders. Beginners and amateurs, however, tend to let their camera hang off their neck, probably because it’s easy and convenient.
Now, here’s why you never, ever want to hang your camera off your neck: back pain. Cameras, especially really nice ones, are heavy pieces of equipment, particularly those which carry the best-quality lenses.
Most photographers, when trying to find that “sweet spot” angle, move quite a lot. The average photographer might chase a shot all the way down to ground level, then get back up on his/her feet and perhaps climb a chair to gain some extra height – all in the span of 30-60 seconds. And they may likely repeat these motions, not necessarily in the same order, for at least a few hours, and without breaks too.
If you try to do all this with a $1500+ camera swinging about wildly from a visibly weak point on your spine, don’t be surprised if you have to file for disability after a few days or weeks of shooting.
Even if you don’t move around too much while taking photos, your neck isn’t the best support structure for carrying a camera around. Think carefully about this for a moment: how often do you walk around with heavy objects hanging off your neck?
Even the weight of your head can cause your neck muscles to fatigue when you watch TV in an awkward position or bend it on side for too long while talking on the phone. Now imagine swinging something off your neck that’s the size and weight of a big fat textbook or large water bottle. You’re looking at a recipe for disaster and this is something your spine does not need.
Even with a smaller and lighter camera, you’re going to do some kind of damage to your spine down the line. It’s only a matter of time.
Start Wearing Your Camera Strap the Right Way
The best way to wear your camera is through a well-designed shoulder strap or camera hand strap. On a final note, you’d always want to let the camera hang in a way so that the lens points inwards. This will not only prevent the weight from exerting unnecessary torque on your shoulder, but also keep it from banging into objects.
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