Best Ways to Protect Your Camera and Gear

Best Ways to Protect Your Camera and Gear

Brian Mathers

The global photography market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 10.6% between 2021 and 2025. With a growing industry comes opportunities for photographers to take advantage. While photography can pay off as a career choice, the inability to properly protect your camera gear can result in damage to these expensive pieces of equipment and accessories. We take a closer look at essential steps and items you require to provide efficient protection for your camera, as well as the gear you use during your photography sessions.

Start With A Good Lens Cap

The lens is one of the most important parts of a camera. When the lens cracks, you won't be able to take photographs without a distorting crack in every picture. There are several ways to provide effective protection for a lens, but a cap on top tends to be the superior choice. A lens cap simply clicks onto the lens of your camera and can remain there, even when placing your equipment in a bag. The cap is made from hard, durable material to ensure it will absorb any shock or bumps should you accidentally let your camera or bag fall.

Since cameras feature different lens designs, it is important to look closely at the compatibility. There are many universal lens caps that work for multiple types of lenses. You should still make sure you take a look at the structure of your lens and consider the measurements of the cap.

Material is another factor to look at when buying a lens cap. The majority of lens caps will be made from a plastic material. While these can provide efficient protection, you may also want to consider a rubber option, such as the KUVRD Universal Rubber Lens Cap. Rubber is known for its shock-absorbent features, and you won't risk scratching the exterior frame that holds your camera lens in place.

A Strap On Your Camera

How you carry and hold your camera also makes an impact on the level of protection you offer the equipment. This is where straps come into play. A variety of straps are available, some focusing on carrying the camera in a bag, while others rather provide a better grip when you hold the camera in your hands.

To determine the type of strap you should consider, it is important to look at how you use and carry your camera. Start with a good wrist strap if you take frequent shots, especially if you have a weak grip or wrist. A wrist strap will attach directly to your camera and then fold over your wrist. An option like the Dual-Grip Hand & Wrist Strap gives you a secure connection at your wrist while also providing a double grip design by adding an extra structure to the palm of your hand.

If you have long photography sessions where you frequently walk from one spot to the next, then the Belt Holster Hanger for DSLR camera is another essential factor in protecting your device. This is the ideal solution for those photographers who frequently find themselves wearing belts. The mount simply hooks onto the belt and then allows you to clip the camera in. While some people do enjoy wearing belts, this does not account for everyone. If you're not one for a belt, then a great alternative would be something like the Multi-Camera Double Shoulder Sling System. This system goes over your neck and provides a much more significant level of support for your cameras.

There are simpler options, too, if that is what you are looking for. A classic neck and shoulder strap can provide an effective way of keeping your camera close by without any complicated mounts. These also come in a variety of styles and designs.

Dont Forget To Bag It

Another essential factor when it comes to protecting your camera gear is to use the right bag. There are many camera bags to choose from, but some of these are unable to provide you with a sufficient level of protection. The ideal bag for you also depends on the specific equipment you carry with you. If you have a large number of gear you use during your photography sessions, then a bigger bag would be the ideal option, such as the All Weather Deluxe Camera Bag Backpack. The all-weather construction means your camera remains protected even when it starts raining.

If you rather prefer something that is a bit more compact for just your camera and a lens or two, then a simple Camera Storage Travel Bag may be sufficient. These generally come with padding on the interior, which adds a shock absorbency element to the structure of the bag.

If you are exploring different types of photography, you might find yourself interested in underwater shots. The great news here is that some bags are made specifically for this purpose. The DSLR SLR Waterproof Camera Case helps to keep water out of the bag while still allowing you to submerge your camera in the ocean, a lake, or even a swimming pool. There is a dedicated section that houses the lens of your camera, with a clear material used at the front. This allows you to not only submerge your camera but also to take underwater shots without worrying about water damage to your device or accessories.

For home storage and protection, a cabinet may also be a good choice. Some cabinets come with a built-in dehumidifier, which helps to prevent moisture retention in your camera.


Cameras and photography gear are expensive. An accidental slip or bump can cause serious damage, potentially even risking your career. Investing in the right protective accessories can help to provide superior protection for your camera gear. This helps to prevent damage and extend the lifespan while also reducing the risk of mishaps - such as a camera slipping out of your hand.