Surprise! Holding a camera to your face is not good in a car crash ...

WILL NICHOLLS, PETAPIXEL:

Who would’ve guessed it? Holding a camera up to your face during a car crash can be quite hazardous to your health. New research by the University of Southern California and the International Cinematographer Guild has shed new light on the dangers posed by cameras in “free driving” situations.

Free driving is a practice that cinematographers use when filming in a moving car. Camera operators will typically have their cameras shoulder mounted in the passenger seat — with this setup, if a crash were to occur, the airbags pose a significant risk.

The same goes for stills photographers, as a DSLR being punched through the air by an airbag at 200 mph is not a good thing at all.

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