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Apparently yes: Police announced that part of the SD Card has since been discovered in Wakita's body (some Japanese blogs are reporting that they found it in his, ahem, poop). On the recovered card, officers apparently discovered the peeping pictures in question and arrested Wakita. They are pretty durable things. It sounds like in this case the guy ...


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Interestingly I have a different perspective than @ShutterBug. I live in a safe country but travel often to ones that are not. The main difference is that I do not blend in with locals. That means no amount of being inconspicuous, hiding company logos, etc will put me out of sight. Everyone nearly instantly knows that I am there. I've been followed and ...


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I live in a country where crime-rate is quite high but that doesn't prevent the photographers here from buying/using expensive gears. All you have to do is be a little more careful than usual. I'd suggest: Avoid lone journeys. If possible gather a group of people. Use public transports as much as possible avoiding taxis. Try to avoid late night and too ...


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I did some investigation on my own, using my own flickr account and a non-logged in browser. Here's the All Sizes page for one of my photos. Prior to me changing the "Who can access your original image files?" setting in Privacy & Permissions, a generic Internet user could see the "Original" link in addition to the other sizes. That page had an ...


14

Most high-end SD cards from a good brand are waterproof. It will survive submerging in a fish tank for weeks, acid proof or not, I don't know. Generic brands or low-end cards are not as well constructed and are NOT waterproof. However, taking the question seriously, since the card ultimately comes out with your waste. I think it would be better to wrap it ...


13

some things I use: Gaffers tape - if my bags, cameras, and my camera gear looks like it is being held together by gaffers tape people are less likely to steal it (doesn't mean they won't, just less likely). Nothing looks bright, shiny or new. The equipment bags i carry in high crime areas look like something a homeless person would stuff their belongings ...


11

Canon used to sell a data verification kit which signed images for verification, and that had an encryption feature which worked with the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark III (only). However, the verification aspect was designed in a very poor way and has been compromised. Canon's response has been to discontinue the product and issue a weasel-word advisory ...


9

It really depends on so many factors but I'll start by saying that it is not really feasible to carry all my gear on a trip, my backers don't have that much funds! Although I know some people count their photo gear in 'numbers of suitcases'. I try to anticipate the trip and bring a flexible set that covers the needs I am likely to encounter. It may happen ...


7

In the official published list of Prohibited and Restricted Items from the official London 2012 web site it states: Large photographic and broadcast equipment over 30cm in length, including tripods and monopods. You cannot use photographic or broadcast equipment for commercial purposes unless you hold media accreditation Hope that ...


7

I'm going to answer a different question. :-) Instead of planning to strain my poo for the next few days, I would happily format the card and show the goons. What I would be wagering is that they would not realize how easily one can recover images from a freshly formatted card. If that weren't good enough, I would voluntarily remove the card and give it ...


7

A single watermark is most common, and mainly serves as a notice that the image is copyrighted. A single watermark is often easily removed with editing, like photoshop's content-aware fill. They tend to be a semi-opaque grey in order to not ruin the picture entirely, while being visible enough to serve their purpose. An important point is that an image is ...


6

Don't overlook some of the upper to high-end pocket and point-and-shoot cameras. You can get very high quality glass on them, with a good wide-angle to long zoom lens. Something like Nikon's P7000 would work really well. Many pros keep those available for inconspicuous shooting, without seriously sacrificing the image quality, leaving their expensive gear ...


6

I try to travel ultralight, and for me, working with limited gear is a form of challenge too. My typical setup is my SLR body, a fast prime lens, an all-purpose zoom which offers a decent wide-angle, and a truckload of memory cards. I leave all other lenses, flash, tripod and other gizmos at home. When I'm getting ready for the day, I choose one lens to ...


6

I'd expect it to survive. Stomach acid is reasonably nasty stuff but residence time is not vast. You could try it now so that you know when needed. Swallow an SD and a micro-SD at the same time. Anyone looking is more liable to find the SD and may stop at that stage. Even if connections or PCB were damaged I'd expect the memory proper to have a good ...


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The official stance on photgraphy restrictions has yet to be reasleased although there have been several websites reporting on it. Equipment Restrictions Now the company is looking at restricting what equipment can be brought in. A spokesperson for LOCOG said: "Obviously we recognise that spectators will want to bring cameras into the Games. The only ...


4

I took my 120 to 400 sigma Zoom to the Olympics along with my Nikon D7000 and its 18 to 105mm lens, the Sigma was in its padded case and despite arguing was told that as it was over 200mm focal length I could not take it in, so it was taken off me placed in secure storage till I collected it; I bought this lens specifically for the Olympic games and I was SO ...


4

Take the memory card out of the camera immediately and store it in a secure location, your wallet is a good option in most cases but locked boxes and armed guards are also a pretty common solution (I used to transport top secret military thingies when I was younger). If the information is sensitive enough than take the memory card any time the camera is ...


4

Canon's OSK-E3 kit also supports encryption. It is compatible with EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III. After inserting the special initialized card into the registered camera, all the images you take will be encrypted. You can decrypt the images using a special utility called Original Data Security Utility. The originality validation function of this tool ...


4

I understand that this question is about DSLR cameras, so this answer might be off-topic, but for the sake of completeness, if you also include point-and-shoot cameras then, Samsung Galaxy Camera (or any upcoming Android based camera) can encrypt the storage medium. Additionally it also offers Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity options (GSM/3G/LTE), in case ...


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If you are concerned about tampering, you really need the file to be signed cryptographically; Nikon doesn't do that. If your concern is simply that a download might be corrupt (or that your flash card might have an error that corrupts the file), don't worry. The firmware has an internal checksum checked by the camera's firmware updater. (Details for some ...


3

The Sony DSC-G3 Cybershot camera had a password protect feature on it. Although it is no longer available you might be able to find one on eBay or other second hand place? Password protecting images whilst in-camera doesn't seem to be a very common feature...


3

The one possibility everyone has missed is storing the micro SD card in a hollowed US nickel. I have used this successfully in investigation situations where I knew I would be detained. Most security staff are grossly undereducated for the job, a plus in such a case. You must have several SD cards on you, as well as coins, to be sure to be ready. You also ...


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Well, having just got back from a 2 week trip to Italy (2 days ago), I can give you my completely honest answer! I took the vast majority of my portable gear, which included flashes, 6 lenses, tripod, etc. It also included a little netbook computer and two USB drives for backup. This all managed to, tightly, fit into my Think Tank Airport Antidote bag and ...


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Flickr uses non-secure web protocol (HTTP) by default, so any images can be accessed after performing session hijacking from a person who can access them. For session hijacking, the attacker needs to be able to eavesdrop on victim's network traffic, e.g. by accessing same wireless access point or some intermediate network node. The risk has become quite ...


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This page (linked to from the Firefox plugin that bill weaver posted) does a good job of summarising the situation, including the "random component" in the image URL that I mentioned in the question. The author notes: This means that even if you go to the trouble of getting the file name for one of the smaller sizes, you cannot guess the file name of ...


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The one point to be wary of: any additional layer of glass can add flare or reflections. What I would think would be better would be something along the lines of a long lens hood that fits flush with the glass, so that any light coming not from the scene itself does not reach the lens, reducing stray light and improving the quality of the recording. Also, ...


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I'm a fan of the Pacsafe 'exomesh' bags when I travel. Both in terms of locking down camera gear that I'm leaving behind in the hotel room (where I can't necessarily trust the hotel staff to keep their hands off it), and also for putting around my 'walk-around' bags when I'm going out for the day. Obviously nothing replaces vigilance and situational ...


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Watermarking is usually used as one per image in my opinion. Watermark usage can vary in terms of the fact that some people wish to create their own design of watermark, some prefer to keep initials, some try to outline the company/ organisation they are working for by putting their logo as a watermark etc. Personally I think watermarking is usually used by ...


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If it's displayed, of course you can save it. If originals are protected, then not unless the URL is known. Bottom line is pretty secure and no i don't think it can be downloaded. The flickr-original firefox plugin seems at first to do this (i passively assumed so), but actually downloads the large size if you've protected your originals from public ...


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If you think about a metal-strap please visualize the scenario! If someone tries to cut your camera-strap with a knive, he will be caught with that knive by that metal-strap. So you will have someone with a knive next to your body (meat not camera). And maybe he will panic. I don't like that thought.



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