Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by DScience, Apr 24, 2009.
Yea, they might think it cost $5000...
Right I walked around the Mall with my Lowe Pro pack on and not one person asked if I was a photographer. Not many are going to know, and if they do then you shouldn't be worried.
It's no different than having a bag snatched or your wallet pick pocketed. Your vulnerable if you dont take precaution. Double wrap your neck strap around your wrist.
Carry a knife and cut them. Ok on the real side keep an eye out if you see someone that looks shady be ready to defend yourself. Big Mike was right actually.
Thanks for your reply's everyone! Much light was shed on this subject, and i'm glad to hear from other people how they feel about it.
Would it be possible to take someone with you? Maybe search out a fellow photographer who wants to shoot @ night. I agree with the statements above, watch your surrondings, dont expose your gear, etc.
Um.. there's a huge difference in someone with bad intentions seeing your backpack and seeing a shiny dslr with huge lens.
Personally, I try not to worry about it, but if i'm in a rough-ish neighborhood, I tend to keep my camera in my bag until I want to shoot something, and then I put it back in when i'm done. What Big Mike said about not looking like a victim may have got the thumbs down icon, but I think it's true.. to a point anyway.. i'm not really a big guy, but my coworker told me once that he saw me walking across the street and I looked like someone he wouldn't want to mess with.. and he is a big guy.. heh.. i don't get it, but ok.
Just don't go into places where you feel uneasy or nervous. Make sure the places you go are well populated...people wont normally try anything in well populated areas...of course there are always exceptions.
When in doubt, carry some heat! Only kidding...never a good idea!
Would it help if wore my black belt while I was out shooting???
Beat them with your camera! and choke them with your bag straps! make them think twice before they try to rob another camera. Yep! Id rather break my camera over there heads than watch them run away with it. I could just hear the thiefs doctor's now...."sir, now tell me again how this lens got stuck up your a**?
Point taken but my point was that very few actually know how much our equipment actually costs.
Be selective on where you are going. there are places i avoid driving through with or without fancy things. I rarely drive through the north or east side, even though growing up i spent alot of time in the northside i know how the hoodlems are down there.
Don't bring a canon/nikon/etc labeled bag, instead just keep your camera in a back pack, don't flash your big fancy rings, turn up your sound system, etc. basically, don't draw attention to yourself. figure out where you're going, go there and move on. if you ask for directions, they're going to know you're not from around there.
I don't know if it's legal to carry mace in colorado/denver or not, but you buy yourself some aerosol bug spray, maybe the wasp one since it sprays more in a stream... though i don't know how well that works. i woudl assume it would burn the hell out of someone's eyes.
As I said, the east side and northside are probably the worst. East colfax, definitely would not go during the night or even during the day bring someone with you.
I've been wanting to go to some of the city parks and downtown to get some shots, if you ever want to "buddy" up, let me know.
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