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astrodave
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p.1 #1 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


I was going to video and photograph my son's Christmas performance at the mall today. I've realized that given recent tragic events, it may be a bad idea to bring my camera backpack and my video tripod (which is in a long black bag) into the mall.

Even out of its bag, the tripod is long, black, metal...which could be mistaken for something else at a distance...especially with folks on edge right now. I've decided to leave all the equipment at home this time.

Has anyone else had similar concerns or problems? Any thoughts on how to prevent misunderstandings?



Dec 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
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p.1 #2 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


That's being overly paranoid. Bring your gear. It's fine.


Dec 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #3 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


I'm with Ben on this one too. I shoot performances in malls all the time. There's a performance and parents always bring tripods, backpacks, flash brackets, etc etc. Nothing to worry about other than keeping up with the Jones'.


Dec 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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p.1 #4 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


I know the last time I did that, one of the mall cops asked me not to take video of the stores.



Dec 20, 2012 at 01:03 AM
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p.1 #5 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


Have you asked the facility management?

EBH



Dec 20, 2012 at 02:02 AM
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p.1 #6 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


I brought my gear there last year with no issues, but this time I just felt uncomfortable....so I left it behind this time and just enjoyed the performance without looking through a viewfinder. :-)


Dec 20, 2012 at 02:43 AM
 

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p.1 #7 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


The malls here are reluctant to allow photos of the stores, but you are only interested in the performance and it should not be a problem with their security.
I would not hesitate if it was my sons program.



Dec 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
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p.1 #8 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


I agree with everyone else. I think it's just over-reacting to the tragic events, but to the extremes. There's nothing to worry about


Dec 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #9 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


As soon as we change our lives to accommodate fear, these crazy people have won.


Dec 21, 2012 at 02:16 AM
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p.1 #10 · Camera gear and misunderstandings


Sadly 'security' relishes its new found reach and we should fight their arbitrary rules vehemently. They're as psychotic as the other bunch.


Dec 21, 2012 at 03:14 AM
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I agree with EBH. You should check with the mall, as most are private and not publicly owned, so may have their own rules about photography.


Dec 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM





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