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Dec 10, 2012 21:50 |  #1

I had this kind of a crazy, odd idea, but I have not been able to find anything... I do quite a bit of walking around in areas that is not generally advisable to walk (typical photographer thing, sometimes go out on the line for a shot). Generally, I try to make myself as visible as possible and avoid cars and other such dangers as much as I can. However, I was thinking it would be better if I got a reflective vest or jacket (think yellow/green reflective vest or a light jacket that with a reflective "security" on the back) just to be absolutely visible for when I take pictures in, say, the road or on the edge of a road in the dark.

I thought though that it'd be pretty cool, for grins and chuckles, if I could get one of those with the title "photographer" on the back instead of "police" or "security." Despite looking on the internet, I could not find many results so I was curious if anyone here has ever thought of the same thing or found something similar.


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Dec 11, 2012 00:42 |  #2

find a uniform shop where you live, they should have what you want and from my dealings with them are happy to put whatever lettering you want on the back, assuming it's not copy righted/trade marked.




  
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Dec 11, 2012 10:12 |  #3

The vests are readily available on Amazon. Just search "reflective vest" and you'll find them. You'd have to take it somewhere to have the lettering put on, though.


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Dec 13, 2012 01:31 |  #4

I've thought about it also, but then think no, I do not need kids throwing bottles at me because they noticed me in plenty of time to get ready. I'll just stay out of the way of traffic and if I get hit on the sidewalk or off the road, a vest wouldn't have helped anyway.




  
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Dec 13, 2012 01:46 |  #5

Who gives a $hit if it says "photographer" just get a reflective vest and be safe. It's a state law in most states that you wear one when working on a state roadway. I'd rather have the same kind the police do than one i paid extra for that advertises me as a member of the media. The police already treat us news photographers like $hit, I'd rather not be advertising my occupation on my back. I guess it's a cooler idea for you folks who don't actually make pictures for a living.


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Dec 13, 2012 02:56 |  #6

I don't think I would want to walk around in the dark highlighting the fact that as a photographer I might be carrying some expensive equipment with me.


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Dec 13, 2012 07:45 |  #7

As far as whether it says photographer or is just reflective, there is no value to it saying photographer other than for grins and chuckles. Just for my own humor. As far as whether to wear a reflective vest or not, it depends on a situation. At this time of the year, there are some cool scenes in woods, but wearing drab colors (black, brown, green, etc. as I typically wear) is hardly ideal - getting mistaken for a deer is not on my 101-things-to-do-before-you-die list. Instances like that is when I will grab something bright I was in the woods the other day, on a service road but still, and thought that I needed to grab something different next time I come out. Generally when I work around roads, I stay out of the way of traffic, but again, that extra step of letting people know you are around helps sometimes. The title photographer was purely for my own humor - I saw the titles on the back of various reflective jackets and thought it would be funny to have one that said photographer.

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Dec 13, 2012 07:49 |  #8

And for the record, I do in fact work with the county newspaper as a contractor in addition to senior portraits and weddings on occasion. So it is a funny idea to some people that make a business in photography.


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Dec 13, 2012 17:52 |  #9

Shudderbug wrote in post #15361334 (external link)
As far as whether it says photographer or is just reflective, there is no value to it saying photographer other than for grins and chuckles. Just for my own humor. As far as whether to wear a reflective vest or not, it depends on a situation. At this time of the year, there are some cool scenes in woods, but wearing drab colors (black, brown, green, etc. as I typically wear) is hardly ideal - getting mistaken for a deer is not on my 101-things-to-do-before-you-die list. Instances like that is when I will grab something bright I was in the woods the other day, on a service road but still, and thought that I needed to grab something different next time I come out. Generally when I work around roads, I stay out of the way of traffic, but again, that extra step of letting people know you are around helps sometimes. The title photographer was purely for my own humor - I saw the titles on the back of various reflective jackets and thought it would be funny to have one that said photographer.

Thanks for the input

Hit Cabela's then for a hunting vest; at least it'll have pockets you can use. Only time I'd wear a high-viz vest/jacket that has a title on the back is working on the flight line or other supremely high-risk, but contained, area.


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Dec 14, 2012 11:23 |  #10

^ I like that idea - pockets are supremely useful. Thanks


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Dec 15, 2012 11:45 |  #11

Not knowing where you are going to shoot several vests may actually be in order. If you are going into the woods the Orange hunters vest from Cabela’s is perfect. Just don’t wear a white hat or coat last thing you need is some irresponsible hunter shooting at you thinking you’re a deer’s but. For work on or near a roadway a ANSI compliant vest with reflective stripping is the best. The Lime Yellow prevents the confusion with traffic barrels. (Yes some drivers that have struck road workers have stated that they thought they hit a traffic barrel.) If you want a safety jacket with Photographer on the back of it you can try a Google search for safety coat reflective. Many companies such as Galls or Full source will offer titles put on back of coats or vests.


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Dec 15, 2012 15:29 |  #12

A friend of mine has one like that. He usually wears it when shooting car accidents or fires.
Really handy for not getting run over I suppose. Me I hate them and would rather risk getting hit than putting that over my big winter jacket.


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Dec 15, 2012 16:39 |  #13

In addition to EMS jackets, you might try a cycling shop as many of those jackets are partially or fully reflective. They also have pockets.


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