If you are like me, then chances are, you find yourself constantly detaching and reattaching your camera strap. When I'm shooting long exposure shots in a breeze, I don't want the strap whipping in the wind. Removing the strap while not rocket science, can be a bit time consuming, and I am the type of photographer that finds myself in ever changing situations where adding and removing the strap is not always the best use of time. Now I could spend forty plus dollars on a quick release strap and be done with it, but personally, I get more pride out of making things. Oh, did I also mention I am cheap?
So I took my camera gear and headed to the drawing board to create a DIY quick release strap. This project is cheap and simple, requiring only a quick trip to the hardware store, an existing camera strap, and a tripod plate with a D-ring.
Two Key rings
Bolt snap hook
Your camera strap
Tripod plate with a D-Ring
Once you have all the supplies, you need to complete a few simple steps to put together this efficient way to carry your camera.
Step 1: Adjust the strap
My strap of choice for this project was the one that came with my 6D, but I'm willing to bet any strap you find will have the same or similar set up. All you need to do here is adjust the ends to make the strap an appropriate length for you, then thread the ends back through the keepers to create a loop.
Step 2: Attach the key rings to the bolt snap
Next, you are going to attach the key rings to your bolt snap. Thread them on like you would a set of keys to create the perfect and inexpensive camera attachment point.
Step 3: Attach the key rings to the strap
Now take that fancy strap of your's and slide each of the end loops on to the key rings.
Step 4: Clip it in and start shooting
Now that you are a DIY camera strap pro, it's time to get back to shooting. Clip your new quick release strap into the D-ring of your tripod plate, make sure it's tightly screwed into the camera, and you're ready to shoot. Again, make sure that camera plate is tight! I am not responsible for dropped cameras, you hear!
Well there you have it folks! If you have less than five dollars and fifteen minutes, you too can whip up this cheap and easy project that will have you slinging your camera in a whole new way.