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Aug 08, 2011 16:44 |  #1

I often wonder.....

I look at these craiglist ads "photographer needed for xyz location" do you ever wonder if it's legit if it's not some sort of psycho who is trying to lure you in and then take away your equipment? Not to mention might hurt you very badly? I am wondering how do photographers protect themselves?

Also traveling to 3rd world countries. I was thinking of going back to Russia one day to visit but being myself from there I know the crime there is quiet high. Moscow is #3 in world in crime. How do you protect yourself and your equipment? Looking how 7d goes for $2000, each lens is roughly another $1000-1500 so talking about $5000 worth of equipment hanging on your neck in foreign country.

I never see anyone talk about safety just wondering if anyone knows a good article/section


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Aug 08, 2011 17:06 |  #2

Thats life, Thats what its all about,

Russia is not as bad as america has made them out to be, its a great place, we have the smae problems with orgnaised crime in america the big diffrence is we voted to keep them in power

as for craigslist and such - you could be takeing photos in any street in any country and get robbed, If you do get challenged hand it over and claim the insurance


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Aug 08, 2011 17:08 |  #3

LONDON808 wrote in post #12899079 (external link)
Thats life, Thats what its all about,

as for craigslist and such - you could be takeing photos in any street in any country and get robbed, If you do get challenged hand it over and claim the insurance

Do you insure your equipment? If yes through regular insurance co?


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Aug 08, 2011 17:14 |  #4

alexdesign wrote in post #12899089 (external link)
Do you insure your equipment? If yes through regular insurance co?

You should anyways.


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Aug 08, 2011 17:54 |  #5

who do you insure it with regular insurance co? As personal property?


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Aug 08, 2011 18:00 |  #6

You could leave your gear at home - the drawback with that is though that your home may be broken into and your equipment stolen while you're away on holiday :)

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Aug 08, 2011 18:23 |  #7

Russia isn't a 3rd world country.


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Aug 08, 2011 21:07 |  #8

I've been doing a project with some homeless people and I always carry a knife where I can get to it quickly.

In my experience (living in places like Rio de Janeiro) you don't flash your gear on the streets too much unless you absolutely have to, and keep your eyes open. If you're really in the thick of it, you can hire a bodyguard.


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Aug 08, 2011 21:24 as a reply to  @ Photostock's post |  #9

Read about how photojournalists behave and operate. They work in some of the most dangerous places in the world with some of the most expensive equipment, and you have to believe they stand out. It comes down to respect, common sense, knowledge and chance among many other things.


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Aug 08, 2011 22:17 |  #10

LONDON808 wrote in post #12899079 (external link)
Thats life, Thats what its all about,

Bingo. There are no guarantees in life and the other comments about insurance (which there are plenty of threads on) are very valid. I went to New Delhi, India and walked around some places that I didn't feel overly comfortable in but there I was. I made sure that I always had someone with me, the whole safety in numbers thing. At the time I was packing a 1DsMKII with a 24-70 and a 1DMKII with a 70-200. They got some interesting looks and some interesting discussions from those interested in the field.

If you are going to be constantly worried about what is going to be around the next corner then it is best to stay at home. There are some wonderful shots to be had in the other parts of the world and I really think that if you travel in at least pairs and you have your stuff insured for at least peace of mind you will be fine.


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Aug 08, 2011 22:24 as a reply to  @ ssim's post |  #11

bior wrote in post #12899471 (external link)
Russia isn't a 3rd world country.

Right, it's a 2nd world country.


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Aug 08, 2011 22:57 as a reply to  @ TheBurningCrown's post |  #12

Insurance is the best solution to your anxiety about potential theft.

Outside of that, keep in mind that a good tripod, with a 7D on the end makes one hell of a club.


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Aug 09, 2011 01:17 as a reply to  @ Ugly Joe's post |  #13

Hmmmmmm,, 3rd world countries? The term is no longer used since the collapse of the USSR.. Developing nations is now used.

Check out where live.. I get up into some of the remotest regions in SE Asia once or twice a year. Sparsely populated, remote and poverty strickened. I usually travel alone.

What kind of protection are you talking about? Guns, knives, sticks and stones?

I've never feared for my safety in these regions. In fact, I've found people incredibly friendly, hospitable and helpful.


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Aug 09, 2011 02:17 |  #14

My gear is insured. That's it.

Those who fear attack/injury/theft/et​c. make themselves easy targets. For those who would rob or harm you, the signs are easy to. And the all spell out "victim".
Believe it or not, most common street criminals are extremely good at reading people.

Those who carry weapons (anything from a stick to a RPG), thinking it will protect them, attract trouble for different reasons.
This is another form of weakness and just as easy to recognize. The main difference is that the force they will meet, is more likely to be violent in nature.

I have worked in some seriously dangerous places and like everyone else with the same experience, I can tell you that the only thing that really works, is to not make yourself a victim.
Apart from that, good insurance for your gear never hurts.




  
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Aug 09, 2011 02:41 as a reply to  @ quiksquirrel's post |  #15

alexdesign wrote in post #12899308 (external link)
who do you insure it with regular insurance co? As personal property?

Don't know where you are, but if you go with State Farm they offer a Personal Articles policy. I have 12k coverage for ~$130 per year with them. No deductible, doesn't matter where you take your gear, and is completely separate from your other policies.




  
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