Attach Your Camera Strap
Camera straps are generally considered an afterthought when buying a new camera. Maybe it’s due to the fact most manufacturers include a strap with virtually every camera sold. The downside to getting a strap from your camera maker is that it’s most always going to have flashy advertising emblazoned across it. Think NASCAR drivers and you get the idea. Whether you go with the one that came with your camera or something else, it’s an important piece of your equipment. To help get you on the right track, I’m going to share with you how to properly attach your camera strap. That sounds simple, but there really is a better way than most are aware of.
I personally like going under the radar when I’m in the field taking pictures. I don’t have a problem with talking up a good product, but when I’m trying to blend in, whether with wildlife, travel, or the scientists I work with, a plain camera strap makes a world of difference.
Today there is a massive collection of camera straps to choose from. Some are high tech and some not so much. My favorite falls under the heading of not so much. Low tech is the way I would describe it. It’s the Dome Gripper Camera Strap and my preferred color is their olive drab. It’s simple, functional and I have one that I’ve been using for over 15 years. They virtually don’t wear out.
The video above is a short piece showing the so-called “Pro Technique” for attaching many kinds of camera straps. If you want bomb-proof, climbing rope-like strength and stability, take a look at a tried and true camera strap attachment technique I’ve used for 40 years. I know rock climbers who’ve bivouacked thousands of feet above the ground using nothing but their camera straps to hold their shelter in place when attached using the Pro Technique. OK… I’m joking, but I can promise you’ll never have a strap come undone with the technique I show in the video.