A month ago I was in Japan photographing beautiful red-crowned cranes and foxes in falling snow (above), as well as photographing the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Walking through busy city streets and alleys I carried my camera the way I always do in crowded places. But I noticed others in my group getting bumped and nudged navigating the crowds. And it wasn’t their person getting nudged, it was the cameras with the 70-200mm lens sticking out like an outrigger from their body. But there is a better way!
Cree shows our technique in this image. Both cameras have the same lens, but one camera is turned over so the body/lens lies flush against her body. The other camera is worn traditionally, and you can see how the lens sticks way out and is going to get hit a lot in tight places. Another nice thing about carrying the camera turned over is it just feels better around your neck and on your back…I often rotate my camera around to my back for comfortable walking.
When you are going to shoot a lot, then you can flip your camera back over to normal, or just twist the strap as you bring it up to photograph. Try it out, I think you will like this method.