gonna shoot at an abonded building

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  1. molsen

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    I'm going to an abandoned building downtown with a couple other people to shoot some photos. Any tips? I've never done this before but I'm assuming there won't be anything crazy (photography-wise) I'm not prepared for. I fully expect insane homeless people and masked murderers, however.
     
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    There may be some homeless people because that's where some of them seek shelter. But I'm sure you'll be fine.
     
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    Expect most abandoned buildings to be a homeless shelter. Also, there is a good chance you'll see some meth, crack, pcp, angel dust, pot, ecstasy, and a number of other drugs. I would never go alone, thank God you're brining people with you. You never know what can happen in that sort of environment (drugs, alcohol, depression, mental illness, all these mixed together are very dangerous).
     
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    A tripod is almost mandatory. Very good chance there is no light so bring your flashes & strobes!

    ......And, watch out for pigeon $hit and floors too weak to hold a person. I was grabbed by the arm by another person before I about stepped on a rotten wood floor you could see through. I would have fallen 20+ feet to the concrete floor below :confused:.

    I've been through about 40 abandoned buildings so far and not once have I come across a homeless person or any drugs and this includes an old train tunnel running under the city of which I've heard homeless use to get around. I have been scared out of my mind by some strange stuff and wishing I brought a weapon, but I'm still here & unharmed :thumbup: so just be careful & use common sense.
     
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    A tripod and a remote shutter release will be invaluable. Also be careful of scrappers, or officials looking for scrappers.

    Take only photos, leave only footprints.
     
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    You should try this place.. All about Urban Exploration.. www.28dayslater.co.uk
    General rule of thumb, never use the flash unless really nessicary, photos looks better without using longer shutters and natural light.... yes common sense i know.

    A tripod it a basic essential, you need one! A decent torch would be nice, even the really bright cycling lights work well.

    Depending on what building your going to, id deffinatly have some lens protectors, lots of dust and crap in there places. Also might be worth thinking about some of those fabric face masks, asbestos is not your best friend.

    And personally in buildings etc, wider the better for lens choice, normally my 10-20mm is the only one i use.
     
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    thanks for the tips, folks.

    from what i've heard, the place i'm going is decently lit because it's one story and there are just holes where skylights used to be. hopefully if it's really dusty inside there will be some neat sunbeams coming in. i'll def. take my tripod and all of my equipment with me just in case. i might consider a mask too.
     
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    Tyndel effect... if you get sun coming through the skylights and want to amplify it... raise a little dust in the area where the sun is steaming in... really cool effect. ;)

    Second thing I could think of many touched on... play safe, don't step on anythng that cannot support your weight. If its a larger place, keep within eye-sight of a buddy... just in case.
     
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    Dude that sounds so awesome I could already imagine some sweet shots. What are the legal issues with this? This got me thinking about going to places in my area but I do not want to be picked up for trespassing. lol!
     
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    well the legality is the gray area. there aren't any obvious "no trespassing" signs. but i'm sure it's someone's property. i guess it just comes down to if this someone knows we're there and if he/she really wants us gone. i honestly think we'll be okay. it's such a cruddy, dilapidated place....if anything at all happens, it would probably be some cops or land owner telling is it's not safe and that we shouldn't be there

    but that gray area of the legality of it is partly what makes it so much fun! i'm going somewhere other people don't or maybe can't to get some unique photos.
     
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    true! How to convince my parents to take me to an abandoned building to shoot pics, that is a different story. lol. Even before I got my cam. I have always been thinking about cool shots, there are a few of this one building I could get without scaling a fence lol.
     
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    Once I was able to get into an old abandoned mental institution. The whole place was a mission-style california mental asylum that started back in the 30's or so. Sadly, all I took with me were a couple of disposable cameras. It was one of the creepiest experiences of my life. By far.

    I would go back but the building is being torn down for a school.
     

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