Camera gear and misunderstandings

Registered: May 26, 2012
Total Posts: 454
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?

Registered: Jan 01, 2008
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Country: United States

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

Registered: Nov 03, 2009
Total Posts: 201
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'.

Registered: Mar 06, 2011
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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.

Registered: Jan 09, 2003
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Have you asked the facility management?


Registered: May 26, 2012
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I brought my gear there last year with no issues, but this time I just felt I left it behind this time and just enjoyed the performance without looking through a viewfinder. :-)

Registered: Apr 06, 2005
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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.

Registered: Jul 19, 2012
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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

Registered: Dec 15, 2012
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As soon as we change our lives to accommodate fear, these crazy people have won.

Paul Mo
Registered: Dec 12, 2012
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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.

Registered: Dec 06, 2006
Total Posts: 55
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.