How To Gaffer Tape Your Camera (And Why You Would Want To)

If you have an expensive camera then you will want to protect it as much as possible.

One of the best ways is by using Gaffer Tape (also know as Spike Tape)

Gaffer Tape is a tape made of a heavy cotton cloth which has the ability to withstand pressure. The tape has a strong adhesive which enables it to hold on to different surfaces .

It is used in many industries including film and television production, and photography.


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One of the best things about Gaffer Tape is what doesn’t happen when you remove it.

One of Gaffer Tapes biggest fans is photographer Mike Hagen. He tells us “The coolest thing about gaffer tape is that it doesn’t leave any residue when you peel it off”

Mike uses Gaffer tape for many things, he has even fixed a colleagues shoe with it once, when away on photo shoot.

He goes on to say “Gaffer tape is the unsung hero of professional photography”

We can’t promise that gaffer tape won’t leave any residue at all, but it does tend to leave a lot less than Duct Tape.

Why do we Gaffer Tape our Cameras?

Discreet shooting – Some photographers use Gaffer tape to cover up the logo on their cameras. This can help stop the questions they inevitably get asked about the type of camera they have. Other times they might be at major events and not want it to seem as though they are advertising a certain brand.

Help prevent breakages – Some Gaffer tape their cameras as a precautionary measure. Cameras can accidentally slip resulting in breakage. With gaffer tape, the most vulnerable surfaces are wrapped up and the gaffer acts to absorb any excessive impact on the camera in the event of an accident.

Custom lighting modifications – Gaffer tape can be used to help bend/shape light as required.

Marking your equipment – You can use different colored gaff tape to mark which camera accessories are yours.

Taping down wires – You can use the tape to attach microphone wires, or tape down cables on the floor.

Where to buy Gaffer Tape

With just a couple of clicks you can buy Gaffer Tape online. Some of the most sought-after gaffer tapes include:

Gaffer Power professional Premium Grade gaffer tape
Xfasten Professional Grade gaffer tape
Allstar Performance Fluorescent gaffer tape

Have you used Gaffer Tape for anything that you would like to share with us?


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1 Comment

  • Knobend Scurrilous says:

    “The coolest thing about gaffer tape is that it doesn’t leave any residue when you peel it off”

    ARE YOU SURE?! Good luck with screw threads, etc. folks…

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