Cameras are designed to take photos and are not in a drawer in your home. Here's how and why you can take your camera with you wherever you go, no matter what you're doing.
My camera has been through a lot. I kept it while I fell down a ski slope, I beat or hit it more often than I can count, it was splashed by waves and it's still sticky where half a liter of beer was spilled on it. But by having it with me and working through everything (and more!), I've taken some great photos. I've never missed a shot because I left my camera at home for fear.
John Shedd once said: "A ship in the harbor is safe, but ships are not built for that." The same is true of cameras. They are tools for capturing images. If you do not take out and photograph your camera, you are doing it wrong.
Now, of course, you can take great pictures without your camera ever leaving a photo studio, but that's a tiny part of photography as a whole. For anything like landscapes, adventure sports, street photography or travel photography, you need to put your camera at risk to get the shot.
Know the boundaries of your camera.
This is a manifest for the use of your camera not to break carelessly. My camera has many bumps, bumps and scratches, but I have never broken a lens element by dropping it directly onto concrete because I did not use a strap as I should have been.
That's why one of the most important things you need to do is know what limits your equipment encounters. "Professional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are made of sturdy metal alloys and use many rubber gaskets to get water They can withstand much more abuse than a DSLR entry-level, but on the other hand, some robust point and shoot or action cameras like a GoPro have so few moving parts that they are virtually invulnerable.
Reading Do the reviews, search YouTube for abuse tests and have an idea about the nature of the punishment for which your equipment is designed, you can make informed decisions.
Always keep your camera ready and secure.
Most of the time, if you want to take pictures you will be able to keep your camera away and ready for use. The key is to make it as safe as possible . Your camera is less vulnerable when you're at home, but that does not mean you can not minimize the risks of walking, climbing, or taking photos in New York City.
Let's talk about keeping your camera out and ready. Regardless of whether you use a mirrorless or a DSLR camera, the smaller and lighter the entire setup, the easier it is to transport the camera. Large, heavy cameras with large, heavy lenses are unwieldy, whether you're halfway up a rock or pushing through a subway crowd. Even switching lenses when you're on the move is a nightmare. You should choose a zoom lens that covers the area to be photographed instead of swapping and switching.
I use a Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 17-40mm f / 4L zoom lens. It's a pretty hefty setup, but the 17-40mm are shorter than 5 inches, so it works for me. If I want something smaller, I use the excellent Pancake 40mm 1: 2.8 lens from Canon. Which setup you use depends on your preference. However, I would not recommend using a much larger setup than mine unless you are a professional who gets paid for it. Lenses like a 24-105, 18-55 or 24-70 lens should be just what you need, especially if you have a mirrorless camera. These focal lengths all cover a very flexible area, so you can make landscapes, portraits and action shots as needed.
If your camera is not in use, you should be able to start recording immediately. Turn it on and remove the lens cap. Also, make sure you shoot with exposure settings that suit your work.
Okay, now that you have a camera set up to stay out, you should think about how to do it safely. The easiest way is with a good camera strap. You leave your camera hanging at the waist where it is easy to grip. Take a look at my summary of good camera straps on ReviewGeek for some recommendations. My favorite is the Slide camera strap by Peak Design.
The problem with camera straps is that while they keep your camera accessible, they also leave it free to swing around and push things off. For street or travel photography, this is not a real problem, but if you do something active, such as hiking or skiing, it quickly becomes very annoying. A better solution is to use a camera clip like Peak Designs & # 39; Capture, at least for those times when you are more active. It secures your camera to your belt or backpack strap. It is still accessible but will not vibrate so much. For safety reasons, I also like to use a normal strap as a tether.
With this configuration – a fairly compact, flexible combination of camera and lens and a strap or clip – you can use it. The camera is empty, ready to use and safe for most activities. I carry this setup confidently with me, no matter what I do. The straps and clips keep it attached to my body, so long as I do not suffer a serious fall, it stays safe. They also make it difficult for thieves to just grab the camera.
Choosing the Right Camera Bag for Your Needs
If you do not want to leave your camera outside for some reason – or if you want to keep it safe, this is a higher priority. At this moment, it's not as if you're ready If you drive down steep hills or hold your friend on a tricky spot, your camera should be in a bag. There are dozens of camera bags to choose from, but there are actually three main types (though I've just thought of the names).
City Bags Store your camera safely and look just like a normal backpack or shoulder bag. Peak Designs Everyday bags fall into this category. You usually have space for a laptop and your daily carry stuff. By not "looking" like a camera bag, they make your camera less of a target for thieves.
Adventure Bags are hiking style backpacks with padded camera compartments. Expect things like waist belts, external harnesses, loops, lightweight weatherproof gear, and everything else you could get with any other outdoor companion. The Mountain Line by F-Stop Gear is a perfect example.
Travel Bags are back pockets designed for air travel (and other types of travel) with your camera. The two types you get are regular camera bag pockets like Peak Designs travel backpacks or hard-shell bags like Pelican's, which are basically indestructible.
Which bag you use depends on the situation Carry your camera with you. I have one each because I'm a pocket fanatic, but you should choose the one that best suits the situations where you need to protect your camera.
Other Ways to Protect Your Camera  There are a few other things you can do to protect your equipment.
Purposely buy robust equipment . I know that I'm tough with my stuff, so I always buy equipment that has it all. If you know you're going to be a bit rough, then do it with things that cost a bit more punishment, even if it costs you a little more.
Always leave it attached . Follow a simple rule: Your camera is always attached to your body whether with a belt or in a bag. Do not let your camera go without a strap (something that many photographers are guilty of) and you're guaranteed not to drop it.
Insure your equipment . Every month I pay for insurance that covers my equipment. It's just a nice safety net. Just make sure you get a policy that covers accidental damage. While you are accustomed to paying quite high amounts for things like car insurance and home insurance, the insurance of a camera and associated equipment is much more reasonable (as a rule of thumb, costs per year for insuring your equipment on the order of 10%). the value of the equipment).
Take out your camera: It's great fun to take pictures. And if you follow my advice, it will most likely remain safe and in the worst case can easily be replaced thanks to the insurance.