Photography tips – camera bags
When I have an assistant help me out on the shoot, one of the first things they are informed of – and there is no flexibility on this – you have to zip up any bag or roller case so that the zipper tags can be seen right next to the handle. In other words, you always zip up to the top (or to the handle). This means that any time you reach for the bag, you can immediately see whether the bag’s lid is closed properly.
Let’s say for example you close the zippers to the bottom, then you don’t have that immediate visual clue that you can actually pick up the bag … without all lenses and cameras hitting the floor. Or worse, hitting hard concrete.
By religiously staying with this, I am sure I have saved myself countless dollars and tears.
It is as simple a photography tip as this – always, always zip your camera bag close, so that the zipper tags can be seen next to the handle. It’s just common sense. Any other way is a recipe for eventual disaster.
Now, about camera bags, in case you are wondering what I most often use … I have used a variety of brands over time, but in the last few years I have consistently gravitated towards Think Tank camera bags (affiliate).
There is something that is important to me when choosing a camera bag …
… it must have a pouch for my juice, including my coke-juice.
In all seriousness though, I’ve come to prefer Think Tank products – their camera bags and roller cases are sturdy, and will protect your gear. You can also immediately see the designers have put serious thought into what they are creating. On top of that, their customer service is top-notch with a life-time warranty on (most of?) their products.
That’s it – as simple as that, and as important as this: Always zip your camera bags and cases up to the top (or to the handle.) Don’t do it any other way.