You do not pick up photographer’s camera without permission !

I have done quite a lot of event photography. Of course with events there is always a certain amount of unpredictability… people can always surprise you…

Usually I do the photography by myself and if I have a friend with me it’s mostly to keep me company. Events usually take several hours so inevitably I have to go to the bathroom… One time I decided to leave my camera on the table and just asked my friend to keep an eye on it. All the people at the event were from a small local community so I sort of knew them and I felt like this should be an ok thing to do… Well of course – I was wrong…

As I was walking back into the event room I saw how someone is just about to pick up my camera and try to use it !!! I rushed and grabbed my camera back… and I probably gave him a nasty look too… It wasn’t his fault though – there were two ladies asking him to do that… Apparently they couldn’t wait those 2 minutes till I’m back…

I am so so glad that I came back on time 🙂

What annoys me about situations like this is that some people really think that photography is that simple – you just pick up some camera, any camera and you are ready to go… I really wanted to tell them – Guys professional photography cameras are not like your mobile phones ! They do not work the same way ! Professional photography is not just pressing a button ! The sad reality is that many people are just never going to get that…

Also let’s not forget the fact that this is an item that belongs to someone else! The funny thing is – if it was my phone they probably wouldn’t have done the same thing… Because phones are private items right… Well most photographers feel more attached to their cameras rather than their phones – at least that is the case with me… I thought that it goes without saying how important a camera is to a photographer and so it shouldn’t be too difficult to respect that…
Well as I said – people can always surprise you… and do random things…

Oh yeah and my friend – she saw what was happening but she didn’t think of stopping them because she didn’t think it was a big deal…

Even though a camera left on the table should never be interpreted as an invitation to just go ahead and grab it… I haven’t left my equipment away ever since 🙂 and I seriously started rethinking who to bring with me when photographing events 🙂

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Estee White

Professional Photographer with 5 years of experience. Explored many photography fields but excel in Dance, Portraiture & Fashion.

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