I had a massage the other day and boy was I overdue! I was happy to hear though that my many hours on the computer has not caused any signs of carpel tunnel. My massage therapist was very surprised I wasn’t showing any signs in my hands or arms. WOOHOO!
That got me thinking later in the evening about being ergonomically correct at my day job. This in turn got me thinking about whether I was doing things wrong in my photography. Not the computer part of it though. I’m sure my biggest issue in this area are my camera bags. My travel backpack houses all my equipment and my laptop. People have commented before “That thing is as big as you are” which isn’t far from the truth.
Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities. So for photography this would include things like how the camera fits in my hand, where the buttons are located, how many I need to press to get the setting I want, to the strap I use to carry it.
In my research I found a camera bag that I actually use to own. The big selling point for it is that it is ergonomic. I also found a camera strap with the same benefit.
Evaluate your setup fellow photographers! What things could you do better to make your photography more ergonomic?
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