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There are few things you can purchase that will improve your photography. Indeed, the only way I’ve seen people get better is through practice (or riduculous intuition and artistic ability – but we don’t like those people). 10,000 photos, or 10,000 hours; either way, it’s gonna take you time, trial, and error. But if there’s an item that will help facilitate this time spent (like a vacation?) I’ll wholeheartedly recommend it.
So what can You BUY to improve your chances of taking pictures? How about a replacement for your uncomfortable stock camera strap? I ditched my pleather Canon EOS neck strap 2 years ago in favor of Blackrapid’s R-Strap RS-2, a large, shoulder harness strap.
What the harness allowed me to do was keep my camera outside of my bag, by my hands where it needed to be, to take more pictures. I roll with a Canon 1D body, so I’ll turn away any criticisms of off-putting heft. The R-strap has supported on of the industries heaviest SLR’s superbly and all day. Additionally, it made me feel a bit like a gunslinger. *pew pew*
One thing about the RS-2 is that it wasn’t subtle. Shooting weddings and many ‘suit and tie’ corporate and fundraising events, I need to dress the part, and while I didn’t dare wear anything else, the RS-2 was still a bit Military for cocktails.
Imagine my delight, two years later, when Blackrapid contacts me to give their new, smaller (but no less durable) RS-7 a spin.
Yes – it’s much thinner – and that did make me nervous with my big heavy camera, but it held on fine for an entire shoot. In fact, despite having worn one before, the difference was noticeable in it’s minimal impact, and I’m sure I’d notice how much lighter it is during a hot summer wedding.
There are a few things you should know about the way the R-straps work: they attach through the tripod mount on the bottom of your camera, the little screw space if you don’t know what that is. For most mobile photographers who don’t use tripods, this isn’t an issue, and if you are the owner of the popular Manfrotto series of tripods they have a solution for you too.
Also, some people just don’t like the way the camera feels bouncing against their hips. The strap is adjustable, so you can tighten it higher or lower, I suppose, but I have heard this as a complaint (I don’t notice it at all, and find the weight and strain a camera puts on my neck far worse).
Like I said, there’s very little you can do to improve your photography outside of taking more photos, and I’m about to give you the opportunity to improve it WITHOUT even having to spend anything at all! Blackrapid was also generous enough to give the readers of this blog a chance at winning a RS-7. With all such things I will ask you to do two things in order to potentially, randomly, win this cool #Phodo gadget.
That’s it! Two things and you’re good to go! Already following them? Leave a comment here and you’re eligible! Contest closes in one week today – i’m looking forward to picking the winner!