Papa had a brand new bag…

Zoom Street Photo

Actually that’s an old Domke bag of mine, and Papa still has it because he doesn’t let it out of his site.

No way I’d leave my bag open like this in public. Might as well put a sign on it—“Take Me!”

Even on location within a roped-off area with lots of folks around—models, hairdressers, make-up artists, art directors—it’s tempting to think your gear is safe.

It ain’t.

Back in the summer of1986, I was on the set of the movie Wall Street. Oliver Stone was shooting scenes in the Hamptons and I had work for three or four days (plus all the sandwiches I could gobble). It was rumored among the crew that a certain actress—whose name I won’t mention—was “acting up” and stealing stuff out of her co-stars trailers. (No,not Daryl Hannah.)

I guess the tip here is never trust the talent. They may be rich, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t swipe a pair of unattended Nikons.

Of course a camera bag is a prime target of bandits. To avoid rip-off, one photographer I know carries his gear in a brown paper bag lined with bubble wrap. He may not look cool, but he doesn’t lose his tools.

In recent years camera bag manufacturers have been designing high fashion models disguised to look like they don’t contain photo equipment. I don’t see the point. Hell, the bags looks expensive.

The one foolproof solution is to keep your kit bag in hand, over your shoulder or at your feet.

When you’re staying in a hotel, never leave your gear in the room—take it out to dinner.

Ain’t no drag
My man has got a brand new bag
—Otis Redding


You’ll find some more tips here on Bright Hub.