Guest Post: Protect That Camera Gear

English: Vivitar Freelance camera in its blist...

English: Vivitar Freelance camera in its blister pack, commonly used by children. Category:Subminiature cameras (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By travelling smart you can make sure your cameras and equipment stay safe and operable. Your cameras are a very important and expensive investment. Your tools are your most important assets! Why risk them? Here are four tips to help keep you rolling:

Basics First

The first line of defense to protect your camera while traveling is to always use the lens cap! Bring a lens cloth and use it after every shoot. Outdoor environments and traveling conditions can create more wear and tear on your equipment! Make sure to not cause any undue wear due to time constraints, take the time to preserve your investment.

Keep it Together

Try to consolidate your equipment into a backpack carrying case. Fleetfootmarketing.com uses a purpose made Vivitar carrying case that contains every piece of equipment necessary to shoot and edit videos. Putting everything in one bag makes it easier to keep an eye on it or just wear it on your back! When flying to your shoot it is nice to have everything you need in a small enough packages to fit carry on luggage dimensions. If your checked luggage gets separated from you at least you will have the tools so you won’t have to delay your shoot. Sometimes less is more and the rule of KISS should be considered. (Keep It Simple Stupid) Make sure to leave unnecessary equipment behind, try to keep all necessary equipment as compact as possible.

Get Proactive with GPS

If you are worried about your gear being stolen, technology offers a solution for you. For around $100 you can buy a GPS tracking keychain. This great piece of hardware can save you thousands of dollars and preserve your hard work! Simply hide the device somewhere in your equipment and you are sleeping soundly. The peace of mind a simple device like this can bring can greatly reduce the anxiety of traveling with thousands of dollars of gear in unknown environments (not to mention losing your work). The keychain works by sending SMS messages with the coordinates of the device. It can be pinged by sending an SMS as well. You can set up a perimeter or schedule regular SMS coordinates to track movement.

Garmin nüvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US)

Use Common Sense!

Remember you should always research the area you are going to. As a traveler you must trust your instincts if you find yourself in a less than desirable situation. If you have a gut feeling you shouldn’t be there, leave! Asking locals will help identify problem areas and potential threats. Do not expose your equipment any more than you have to, keep everything you aren’t using in your bag. Out of sight out of mind is a good rule of thumb. There is no real reason to show off any of your hardware so just try to avoid it all together.

Article by Jon Gamache
Jon Gamache is a guest blogger for Fleetfoot Marketing which produces apartment video tours

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  Now living in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

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