Stay hands free- A photographer subconsciously relies on this accessory usually to hold his treasured possession securely when they decide to stay hands off. Typically they are a substitute for the hands and allow you to perform other tasks even when there is no surface to rest the camera upon. For instance, on a shooting campaign in the muddy areas of a wildlife sanctuary, you probably would not let your camera struggle with the dust and scratches by making it sit on the dirty terrains. That’s where these accessories make a dramatic entry!
Safety- While letting the camera slip off your hands is a situation that often knocks a photographer’s door, these straps make sure that your equipment never falls off to the grounds and crashes into pieces. Of course after spending a fortune on your precious camera, you probably wouldn’t mind giving away a few more bucks to ensure its safety.
Ergonomics- One of the top reasons why professionals can never be spotted without these straps is that a strap such as harnesses distributes the heavy weight of high-end cameras all over the shoulders, chest and back. They eliminate neck/hand pains and allow you to work pain-free for long hours! The default straps furnished by manufacturers let the camera hang by the neck, making it ineffective in distribution of weight and ideal for owners who like to take it out for a shoot or two in a while. On the other hand, special straps like harnesses are specially designed to suit the ergonomic needs of professional photographers.
Recognition- Imagine you are on a professional wedding shoot, carrying a simple DSLR in your hands. People do not recognize you as a professional and stand in your way while you are struggling for those ‘perfect shots’! Sounds familiar? Thus, these straps are recommended as it makes the crowd recognize your role and steer clear of your way. It is kind of an identity card that makes you identified as a significant professional.
Stabilizer- Camera straps are often used as stabilizers in various ways. Whether you wrap it around your wrist or have it pulled tightly over your triceps, they can be used as a tool to stabilize the camera.