Photography is a satisfying career or hobby for many people. However, what many people don't know about photography is that all of the gear that you need to carry around in order to be able to capture the perfect shot at any time is extremely heavy. Aspiring and career photographers need to take the weight of the equipment that they carry in mind or else they are going to put too much stress on parts of their body that are not able to handle the stress and start to be in pain. Here are some chiropractic-based tips that photographers should follow in order to keep themselves from experiencing pain while shooting.
1. Adopt a Heel-Toe Stance
Many chiropractor recommend a heel-toe stance for their clients whenever they are doing anything physical or anything that requires standing for an extended period of time. The point of chiropractic care is to improve the flow of fluids through a person's body and realign the muscles to get rid of any impediments to the flow. A heel-toe stance is a stance where feet are shoulder-width apart, but separated vertically, not horizontally. The foot that is in front of your body should have its toes line up with the heel of the foot that is behind your body. This is a posture that will allow your body to carry a lot of weight without blocking the fluid systems or having your spine come out of alignment and cause pain.
2. Find the Balance Point With Your Left Hand
Take your left and and bend it ninety degrees. Then, flip your palm so that it is facing up. Take your right hand and use it to shift the camera to your left hand. Use your right hand to find the perfect balance point of your camera so that neither the front or the back of the camera is overbalanced. This will take some of the stress out of your hand because the camera will lay in your left hand effortlessly, without you having to actively grip it.
3. Keep Your Head Over Your Neck
Never allow your head to droop below your neck when you are using your camera. If it does, you are going to find yourself experiencing neck pain, especially if you have to hold the position for a long period of time. Instead, adjust the height of the camera itself so that you can keep your head over your neck and your spine in alignment with the rest of your body. Doing this will make it easier for you to shoot without pain.
For more information, talk to your local chiropractor. Have him or her assess your stance and make some adjustments personal to you to keep you from being in pain.