How to Best Protect Your Camera Gear

There are few horrors in life quite like dropping your camera or knocking it off of a table. We've all been there, but there are lots of ways you can prevent damage. In this video, David Bergman goes through a few of the methods you can use to safeguard your equipment.

Most photographers who have worked in the industry for a while have had a horror story or two. I've heard many from others and I have one myself, albeit not the worst. In my first year as a professional photographer, I was on a very low budget, as you can imagine. I was offered a job that would be multiple days per week for an entire summer and I was not about to turn it down. However, it required me to purchase a specific lens and a powerful strobe.

The reason for this is that a lot of what I was photographing was underground and had either very dim light or no light at all. So, capturing these spaces was tricky. The first few days of work were outdoors, but my first day indoors was to photograph a basement and so I brought my new strobe. I walked to the top of the stone staircase that led down into the pitch-black basement and as I peered down, my strobe (which I had not properly secured) nosedived and hit every (again, stone) step all the way to the bottom.

This video will give you some great tips on how to keep your lenses and cameras safe and unscathed.

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Tom Reichner's picture


Thank you for an honest and straightforward title for this article. I really appreciate that! The fact that it isn't clickbaitish makes me want to read it and to watch the accompanying video. Good work!

Paul Trantow's picture

Learned this years ago from (I think) Julianne Kost: Store bodies handle (right) side up, so you pull them out by the grip. This works with or without lenses attached.