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7 Tips For More Comfortable Photo Shoots

You love photographyYou love photography—and your camera travels with you almost everywhere you go. But lugging around a camera and exploring different locations can quickly take its toll, leaving you with a sore back, tired feet and completely zapped of energy. There must be a better way, right? If you’re a photo nut that’s going a little nutty trying to stay comfortable during long shoots, there are a few tricks you can try. Here are eight ways to make those long shoots more comfortable.

1. Invest in a good camera bag. A good camera bag protects more than just your gear, it protects your back too. If you frequently do long photo shoots, you should invest in a

good camera backpack. Sling and shoulder bags put all the weight on one shoulder, but backpacks distribute the weight more, allowing you to wear them longer with less aches. All camera backpacks are not created equal. Thicker backpack straps are more comfortable, cushioning all that weight. While a waist strap may seem odd at first, camera backpacks with waist straps are much more comfortable, allowing you to support the weight with your shoulders and hips. Waist straps are a big advantage for long shoots like weddings, or hiking with your gear.

2. Wear good shoes and comfortable clothes. Style shouldn’t be a priority when you are behind the camera. Comfortable shoes and clothes allow you to stay longer and explore further—so something as simple as wearing tennis shoes instead of dress shoes can make the difference between getting the shot and not. Of course, that does depend a bit on what you are shooting. If you’re hired to shoot a wedding, don’t show up in jeans, but let the bride and groom know ahead of time that you’ll be in comfortable business clothes and not full formal attire in order to get them the best shots that may require getting down in the dirt or even climbing trees.

3. Stretch. Before you head out on a long shoot, take a few minutes to stretch. Just a few minutes of stretching will lessen the aches and pains at the end of the shoot. Just like it’s best to stretch before exercising, it’s a good idea to stretch before long shoots as well. Muscles that are warmed up before a vigorous shoot are less likely to be pulled or end up sore later.

cameras come with a strap4. Ditch the default strap. Most cameras come with a strap, but they usually aren’t very comfortable. If you can, invest in a strap that’s thicker than the one that came with your camera. You can also look for features like a breathable fabric, especially if you do a lot of shooting in warmer weather. As an extra bonus, most add on camera straps have many design options, so you can pick one to suit your personality.

5. Take a break. Don’t forget to let yourself take a break every now and then. Take your backpack off and your camera strap off and rest for a