OK, here's the deal.
A couple month's back I came across a piece of equipment that has completely changed my wedding photography experience, and for around 60 bucks it has a awesomeness to value ratio that can't be beat. I'm talking about Black Rapid's RS-5 camera strap. Yes, you read that right... Camera Strap.
Black Rapid's RS-5 is a replacement for your out of the box strap and incorporates a number of features that have made me buy one for both Rose and I. Most importantly, it allows you to stow your camera at your hip between shots, distributing the weight to your shoulders instead of your neck. That alone is enough to dramatically change an 8+ hour wedding shoot, but when you add in storage for memory, business cards, and your cell phone - without obnoxiously loud Velcro (it uses magnets as closures) - you have a near perfect strap for a long day of shooting.
Here's Black Rapid's video, take a minute to check it out. I will warn you, you're gonna want one. (But I might be able to help with that as well...so make sure you keep reading)
Let me say now, this is completely on my own (Black Rapid did not endorse this review or this contest) but I've decided I want to share one of these with one of my lucky readers. Since we haven't had a photo contest yet this year - I've decided that I'm going to give a brand spanking new RS-5 to the winner of TJP's first photo contest of 2011.
Here's the details:
No theme - just submit the photo or photos of your choice. Simple enough!
Prize: Black Rapid's RS-5
Who Can Participate: Everyone, our contests are open to pros and amateurs alike
Deadline: Monday, February 28th @ Midnight (Eastern)
How and What to Submit: Submit JPEG photos to firstname.lastname@example.org- make sure to include your name and contact information (in case you win). JPEGs should be at least 800x600 pixels in size, and may be resized for display.
The winner and other selected entries will be displayed on this blog.
For additional information on our contest policy, click here.