Whether you’re a professional videographer or a hobbyist, properly storing your camera and its associated equipment can greatly improve your video-making experience. From cases to cable management, here are a few tips you can use to keep your gear in order:
Labels are exceptionally useful. If all of your gear, or even just its cases, is labeled, then preparing for a shoot can be much easier and quicker. Furthermore, it’s useful in the field; for instance, carefully labeling which chargers charge which batteries can make it much easier to keep batteries for different cameras up and running.
Tame Your Cables
Tangled cables can frustrate hobbyists and make professionals less efficient. Try to keep your cables separate, and consider investing in cable ties, which are cheap yet incredibly helpful. For more information on how to properly wrap a cable, check out this video.
Invest in Cases
While good videography cases can be expensive, they are also worth it: Virtually every case is cheaper than the camera it protects. That is to say, a case’s value is apparent every time it gets jostled, dropped, or knocked around, because it absorbs that punishment instead of the camera or other gear within. Generally, you’ll have two options: a hard case, which provides exceptional protection, or a soft-shell, padded case or backpack, which provides easier mobility.
While most advice in this article is on stuff you should do, there are some things that you should avoid in order to keep your camera gear safe:
- Excess heat or cold
- Young children (or irresponsible adults) having unsupervised access
Carve Out a Dedicated Space
It’s important to have a dedicated space for your camera gear, rather than letting it get buried or blocked by other items, such as clothes or storage totes. For hobbyists, a bunch of clutter blocking your camera can be discouraging, cutting down on the times you bring your camera out to enjoy it. For professionals, sifting through a bunch of stuff to get to your gear can greatly increase the time a project takes.
If you’d like some tips on how to carve out such a space, check out our articles on getting the most out of your closets and creating space in a small home.