Play it safe

There’s plenty you can do to keep your gear safe, if you use your dis­cre­tion

Amateur Photographer - - Your Rights -

KEEP­ING your cam­era safe from harm can be as sim­ple as us­ing a neck strap so that you can’t drop it ac­ci­den­tally, and fit­ting a pro­tec­tion fil­ter and hood to the lens, in or­der to pre­vent the front el­e­ment from pick­ing up any scrapes and scratches. How­ever, if you are wan­der­ing around dodgy ar­eas of town with a big, posh-look­ing DSLR hang­ing around your neck, you might as well be wear­ing a ‘mug me’ T-shirt. Dis­cre­tion can be the bet­ter part of val­our, so con­sider keep­ing your cam­era in a bag when you’re not shoot­ing, and maybe us­ing a wrist strap in­stead of hang­ing it around your neck strap.

The choice of bag can be im­por­tant as well. Some­thing that’s ob­vi­ously a photographer’s gad­get bag, likely to be stuffed with ex­pen­sive bod­ies, lenses and ac­ces­sories, is sure to draw un­wanted at­ten­tion. You’re bet­ter off car­ry­ing only what gear you need and putting it in a rel­a­tively small, non­de­script bag. Al­ter­na­tively, if you do need to carry a larger amount of kit, you should con­sider a photo back­pack that’s rear- open­ing, so the main com­part­ment can’t be opened while you’re wear­ing it. An­other bonus with this type of bag is that you won’t need to put the bag down any­where while you’re ac­tu­ally shoot­ing. A bag left on the ground while you’re con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting a shot can be an ir­re­sistible in­vi­ta­tion to thieves.

Stealth­ier than most, the Tenba DNA 11 Mes­sen­ger Bag comes in var­i­ous colours, costs £99, and looks more like a reg­u­lar mes­sen­ger bag than a cam­era bag

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