I am an avid photographer so I love to carry my camera with me, but when I say camera I actually mean a huge tank like device that weights a heck of a lot more than Id like to admit. But I still love it and I can appreciate the fact that with great power comes great weight.

Ok, enough with the lame heavy camera jokes. So back to the point, the camera is an essential part of a photographers arsenal, but the accessories that come with it really make a difference and a good shoulder strap is vital. I used to have a huge problem with neck pain after carrying my camera around because it would support all that weight on my neck alone, so I did some research and after a lot of internet surfing I came across the Black Rapid, one of the greatest things to ever happen to photographers.

It’s light and easy to use, and best of all it doesn’t get in the way when taking photographs, on the contrary, it really helped me focus on getting the right shot.

They have a few models to chose from but I went with the RS-5 which you can purchase from amazon.

I wont go into too much detail since the video does a better job that I could, but I will tell you a story to keep you safe.

True Story: So I watched the video featured below, and you see how he twirls the camera like a cowboy with a pistol? Well I don’t know why, but I got the smart idea of trying to do the same when I received my strap. Why? because Im an idiot sometimes. Needless to say, I ended up with a camera the size of a baby dinosaur smacking my face. Not a fun experience.

The moral of the story is, friends don’t let friends be stupid.