Don't Drop The Camera

Time for some ground rules.

Rule 1: Use your camera strap

The strap should be securely attatched to the camera and securely positioned around your neck (or across your shoulder, depending on the strap).

Sometimes you can wrap it around your wrist if you are using a wrist strap or reaching for a shot.

It's very useful to be able to use your hands when you have a camera. I was teaching photography to a summer camp when Pokemon Go got really big. Students had to quickly put the camera aside to pull out their phones. The ones that didn't properly use a strap (ie: none of them) didn't catch the pikachu, or whatever. I don't know much about any of that, my favorite pokemon is Hufflepuff.

Straps are also helpful to not leaving your camera behind. You set it down for a moment, and bang. Best case, you forgot it and walked away. Worst case, it get's stolen. It's not impossible, but much harder to steal a camera that's securely attached to your person.

Don't drop the camera.

Rule 2: Do not look through the camera while moving your feet.

Your brain is used to a certain perspective on the world. One with depth perception. Looking through a camera removes binocular depth perception (two eyes) and distortes perspective depth perception (the lens is bending that light). It also probably decreases your field of view. Confused? Relax. Do what I say because I told you to.

Taking a photo of the top of a set of stairs? Take one step closer - except because the camera was zoomed out your eyes told your mind that you are further away from the stairs than you really are. Now you are tumbling down the stairs, which 1) makes for a blurry photo and 2) counts as dropping the camera.

Don't drop the camera.

Rule 3: Do not let the strap hang over a table or counter

Cus the cat, or dog, or foot, or roomba, or *whatever* snatches it and pulls that thing right off! Leave the camera on the table, and the strap on or around the camera. I don't like to leave the camera on the strap because it causes the camera to tumble if you lift it up by the strap, but the strap can be used as an impromptu cushion.

Rule 4: Don't take photos in dangerous places

Unless you're a war reporter. Don't stop and take photos while crossing the street, or leaning out a car. You get it, you're smart. The photos are usually not worth it. Some photojournalists do some amazing work in very dangerous locations.

Great, now you know how to not drop a camera!

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