As the good old saying go's, if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. I generally take this quite seriously when it comes to preparing for events. I generally make sure a few days before and then the day before that all my gear is in perfect working order and ready to go when asked to.
Luckily to my advantage, I am blessed with some pretty reliable equipment. Nikon cameras are generally quite robust; not that I would ever recommend dropping them, but my gear generally takes quite a beating but it always comes back fighting for more.
However, its not only the physical damage you need to repair and prepare for, making sure my cards are empty and my batteries are charged and ready. I have once or twice in an emergency forgotten to do just this, there is no worse feeling than arriving at an event with all your equipment and a set of dead batteries, its a feeling never to be repeated!
I am fortunate enough to be backed by Overboard Africa, who provide me with various accessories that help me protect and keep all my gear safe. From their underwater cases that give you complete confidence in the pool, to their simple clips and straps that keep my gear on me at all time. Their products make everything such a pleasure, making everything more available and convenient to use.
That being said, I'm am prepared and ready for a very exciting few days ahead of me, concluding with being the official photographer for the UCI Para World Champs that is taking place in South Africa.
Until next time