Camera gear and misunderstandings
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astrodave
Registered: May 26, 2012
Total Posts: 363
Country: United States

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?



BenV
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
Total Posts: 8117
Country: United States

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



pixelrandy
Registered: Nov 03, 2009
Total Posts: 187
Country: United States

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'.



vivisha
Registered: Mar 06, 2011
Total Posts: 210
Country: United States

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



EB-1
Registered: Jan 09, 2003
Total Posts: 22651
Country: United States

Have you asked the facility management?

EBH



astrodave
Registered: May 26, 2012
Total Posts: 363
Country: United States

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. :-)



3iron
Registered: Apr 06, 2005
Total Posts: 452
Country: United States

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.



kylehess10
Registered: Jul 19, 2012
Total Posts: 116
Country: United States

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



joshmitchell
Registered: Dec 15, 2012
Total Posts: 37
Country: United States

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



Paul Mo
Registered: Dec 12, 2012
Total Posts: 3135
Country: Thailand

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



Odyssey1812
Registered: Dec 06, 2006
Total Posts: 44
Country: United States

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.