So far in my series of Karate photographs, I have written about preparing yourself, understanding techniques, staying out of the way and avoiding conflict.
Today I want to talk about how to protect yourself from the chance of an impact.
Imagine that you’re photographing a similar event. It is a small room full of people. In the middle of the room are two men fighting. You, as the photographer, are on the floor with a wide lens to capture dramatic scenes. All of a sudden a foot comes out you and kicks your camera.
After blocking and grabbing a roundhouse kick the defender then strikes the attacker’s leg with a downwards elbow (Otoshi Hiji ate).
So how do you protect yourself and your camera equipment from such a circumstance?
You know that plastic lens hood that came with your lens? Well, it works well for blocking glare, but it can also protect your lens from small impacts.
I also recommend using a UV filter in this case, because it will protect your front lens element for the horrible chance your lens hits the floor. Better to break the accessories than the lens.
If you’re using a neck strap or wrist strap then great. If you’re using a neck strap, use it as a wrist strap. Make sure your grip is firm so if you fall, the camera falls with you, not away from you.
Most important, protect yourself. If you’re about to get hit, think about what is more important. Your safety, or your equipment. Some may argue that the camera is more important (I don’t blame you) but without your health, your photography won’t be the same.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,