carrying camera around town/city...

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  1. Helen B

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    Being unobtrusive is a state of mind as well as a physical appearance thing. As Alex says, not drawing attention to yourself has two advantages, one that assists with your photography and one that helps prevent trouble.

    If I'm carrying anything but a TLR or two I carry my camera in front of the camera bag/handbag (US 'purse') over my shoulder and behind my hand, so it is almost invisible but ready for action. It is most likely that anyone giving me a casual glance will not notice it.

    When I actually raise my camera and take a picture I do it almost like lifting my handkerchief to blow my nose.

    As the issue of security has been raised, the only times I have had problems is when I have maintained a concentrated gaze through the viewfinder for any length of time, and in so doing lost my awareness of the things around me. This is common when using a motion picture camera, of course. I've found that it's important to keep the strap wrapped once round my hand - a typical steamer-type attack will come from behind - someone hits your back, and as you react to that someone runs past trying to grab your camera.

    Early in my career in documentary film and photography I was told that photographers needed to think 'invisibility' and cinematographers needed to think 'invulnerability'.

    Best,
    Helen


     
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    my camera foes where I go,,,,in the car between my legs,,dont want to miss a good shot,,,on the street in the mall,, one never knows what will pop up,,,usually carry it on my rite shoulder that way I can just swing it up ,,,I dont usually go into big cities as I live rural....
     
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    Around the neck and the shoulder (extra anchoring to the body). It's not that I don't care what others think. It's more that I don't want to raise suspicions by having the appearance of trying to hide it. And less stress on the back than just hanging over the neck.
     
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    My camera of choice hangs at my side via a home made "Y" strap in a side holster (attached to my belt.. a modified P&S case) that keeps it from swinging uncontrollably as I move. 1-2 very small neoprene pouches on my belt. The whole thing is hidden underneath my jacket. I could pretty much walk anywhere and most people won't notice I have a camera... let alone camera + 3 lenses.

    I had the same "feelings' and concerns as you and decided that a professional DSLR just didn't fit the bill. This is the primary reason for me dumping some of my Canon DSLR/SLR for a smaller more compact rangefinder.

    A few of my friends (also DSLR owners) have opted towards high end P&S cameras (mostly the G9) for such trips. Here in the TPF (and other forums) P&S get a bad rap. Unfortunately, people don't realize that a P&S camera can be a valuable tool as well .. especially for times when you are shooting on the street.

    NOTE: the "Y" strap I am referring to is basically the same as this:

    http://figitalrevolution.com/y-strap/

    I just made my own and didn't know what else to call it.
     
  5. lasershot

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    I was in Philadelphia the other day at Temple Dental School's graduation and all I did was throw two cameras into a small camera bag that could be conceived as a carry around bag and just kept it around the opposite side of my neck. I also had a extra grip on it just in case.
     
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    For my SLR i have it around my neck but also with an arm through the strap as well, so that it hangs to my side rather straight in front.. it hides it better and it doesn't swing about like crazy. Sometimes i do the whole wrap the strap around my hand which holds the camera firmly in my hand and is quicker/easier to operate.

    As for not looking like a tourist, well, i think you just need to blend in and take pics.
     
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    Another idea is (if its semi-cold) wear a hoody :) That'll make you blend in. Something big and gray. Fluffy-ness is a bonus to! And wear jeans, that makes it blend in very nice...
     
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    If you are showing expensive gear in an inner city or poorer neighborhood, It is a good idea to have a self defense weapon handy to protect your gear and your photos. Also, try to blend in. Look like a broke backpacker or something.
     
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    Yeah, mine is pretty much around my neck all the time. To hell with what people think, lol.
     
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    I wrap the strap around my hand three times because as I'm walking around with the camera around my neck the buttons on the back keep getting pressed.
     
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    I wear mine over my right shoulder across my body like a rifle. I hangs on my side and it come up easily for a shot. That is when Im in town, otherwise it is on my neck or, I have it secured to my pack via D-ring when Im climbing around. I dont worry about what people think or theives much, they never bother me. And even if they do I know how to take care of them.
     
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    Don't hang your camera around your neck unless you are hanging over the side of a bridge.....You look like a dork. Put it over your shoulder and hang it to your side.
     

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