Sometimes the going gets tough, and photographers simply have to get tougher. Here’s the gear to help you do just that.
Sometimes, photography can be compared to an adorable kitten; gentle, delicate, and requiring the utmost precision to pet it the right way. However, sometimes that kitten becomes a vicious lion, and when photography starts to bite, it’s time to bite back.
Whether it’s due to sub-zero temperatures, seven-hour hikes through rugged mountains, or having to outrun a ravenous pack of zombies, photography is not always an easy sport. To help make dealing with these tough situations easier, we take a look at some wicked gear for the aggressive photographer.
Lowepro’s SlipLock harness system can be one of the most vital tools in a photographer’s arsenal. The harness system is fully customizable to fit the user’s needs. The Lowepro harness uses a modular system that fits a wide range of add-ons, consisting of a variety of lens pouches, pockets, and bags.
The belt holds most of the storage space, and is sold on its own. The shoulder straps must be purchased separately, and they make the belt much more comfortable to wear. The shoulder straps take some of the weight off the belt and distribute that weight through the shoulders. This alleviates a lot of fatigue and soreness when photographers must carry a hefty amount of gear while on the go. Plus, the shoulder straps themselves can hold a total of four attachments.
The shoulder straps and belt don’t come with any attachments, so right off the bat, users won’t be able to carry anything just yet.
Being able to customize the set up and loadout of the belt and shoulder straps allows photographers to adapt to any situation.
For photographers who need to hike, camp, and backpack through rough terrain, the Lowepro Harness is a dream come true. The harness can be worn with a fully loaded pack-bag, as well as other shoulder harnesses to hold the camera. The material and construction of the harness itself is tough and durable. The lens cases are heavily padded and scruff resistant. Rugged build and light weight score the lens cases an A+.
Backpacking is an intense and exhausting sport. The last thing a backpacking photographer wants to do is remove his or her heavy pack bag to fish out a lens just to take a shot.
The lowepro harness keeps lenses and important camera gear well within reach. As seen in the photo above, we are also able to conveniently secure a monopod to the harness as well.
The Lowepro harness also has a few sturdy, metal rings. These can be used to latch on all sorts of vital gear. We slapped on a pair of smartly sized carbiners to make an easy way to latch on a monopod. We used zipties to attach keyrings to our monopod. This allows us to latch the monopod on the lowepro harness, as well as access it easily and quickly.
The monopod with a pivoting head can be a valuable tool for any photographer. For those photographers who play a bit rougher, this type of monopod is an absolute must have.
Having to carry around a tripod in hand for long periods of time is just not practical, especially when hiking in rough terrain. Monopods, on the other hand, are light weight and compact, making them excellent hiking companions. They are great for gaining stability, but can also be used to elevate the camera. This allows photographers to capture scenes in a unique way.
When elevating the camera using the monopod, it can be difficult to take multiple exposures. That’s why we combine the monopod with a wired remote to capture some unique scenes.
Combining the Samyang 8mm fisheye with a monopod and wired remote makes sharing close encounters with giraffes a breeze.
A scene like this would be extremely difficult to capture without a wired remote. The wired remote allows the photographer to take multiple exposures without having to lower the camera and raise it up again repeatedly.
*Editors note: I came up with the idea of using the wired remote with the monopod while trying to snap photos of a giraffe at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The remote allowed me to take a few dozen shots quickly, and since then, I’ve referred to this technique as “Giraffing“.
Monopods can be used for much more than just holding cameras. They can also be used to hold flash guns! Being able to use off-camera flash while moving around quickly has amazing advantages.
In the setup above, the camera has a wireless emitter, which triggers the wireless receiver connected to the flash. A diffuser is used to soften the light and make it look more natural. Below are the results of chasing down zombies, even after the sun went down.
Nothing compliments a killer zombie quite like a killer stache.
Even in undeath, zombies make sure to keep their glasses clean and teeth sparkling white.
Say cheese and die…or un-die… wait, now we’re just confused.
With the Stedi Stock stabilizer, Op-Tech Shoulder Harness, Lowepro Harness, and pivoting head monopod, this photographer is ready to do some damage
Some photographers have to play a bit more aggressively to get the shots they’re looking for. Luckily for us, there’s plenty of gear to help make the job easier. Join us next time for the photographer’s outdoor survival guide.
Title Image by Heath Quint
All Photos copyright Jerrel Dulay *excluding title image and marketing images of Manfroto Monopod and Nikon Wired Remote