We’ve been connecting camera cables wrong all along

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, June 8, 2015 at 8:22 AM EST

Each year, more and more photography equipment is cutting the cord, opting to replace the tangled mess of cables for wireless capabilities. However, there are still times when cables are required.

When you do need to use cables, it’s inevitable that at some point you’re going to come across the problem of a cable being too short. The obvious solution is to extend the cable by connecting another to it. As straightforward as it may sound, it might not be as simple as you think. If you improperly connect the cables, you risk the cord accidentally coming unplugged, or, worse yet, damaging the cord from extended stress on fragile components.

Here to help show you how to properly connect and extend your cables is a 70-second video from DIY Photography. In it, Udi Tirosh shows a proven method, often used in construction and other industrial fields, for attaching cables together without the risk of ripping apart or breaking the cable in its weak spots.

It seems like a no-brainer after watching the video, but it’s something I never thought to bring into a photography workflow. Be sure to toss this one in your bag of tricks.

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