Questions tagged [safety]

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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials? I am already wearing eye and skin protection when using development chemicals. I would like to avoid breathing ...
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How Does An Beginning Photographer Appear Safe and Serious To A Model?

So, I've decided to take up photography on the side. I'm starting with some simple Urban Exploration and Astrophotography, but I know the projects I want to do will eventually require working with ...
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Can different darkroom chemicals be discarded into the same container?

I'm a complete chemistry ignoramus but like to process my own (B&W) films every now and then in an ex tempore darkroom (read: the bathroom). I understand that the correct procedure for discarding ...
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At which focal lengths is it ‘safe’ to have the sun in frame?

I've seen both beautiful wide angle pictures that include the sun as well as camera damage from pointing long lenses at the sun. At which focal lengths is it safe to have the sun in frame? assuming ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera? [duplicate]

I currently own a Canon 200D and a friend of mine lent me a 24-70 F2.8 lens for playing around. The lens weighs 800 grams, which is double the weight of the camera itself. Putting it on I was slightly ...
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Caribbean Island Disaster Recovery & Camera Safety

I'm considering a disaster recovery trip to a Caribbean island recently ravaged by hurricanes. Is it foolish to bring my camera? My camera's a lightweight mirrorless camera, and I'm considering ...
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Did nitrate film stock provide different/better B&W and color projection quality?

The NPR News item What's The Issue With Nitrate Film Stock? It's Combustible describes substantial effort made at the 2017 TCM Film Festival to upgrade a projection booth in order to more safely ...
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Is it safe to use rodinal or some other developer in the bath tub?

I am thinking of developing film and prints en-masse in a modern ceramic bath tub. Is it safe to use developers like Rodinal assuming the bath tub is going to be used for baths later? Rodinal is ...
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Do you need to remove the camera (neck/shoulder) strap when using it on a tripod?

Context I sometimes shoot long exposures at night with my camera and sometimes when I need to get the shot and go. So I leave the strap on and use a cable release to remotely fire it, with the tripod ...
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Carrying a metal tripods during thunderstorms or related

Context I won't be doing it anytime soon but I might consider traveling to places during the rainy season to get pictures. What I'm afraid of is if it might develop into a thunderstorm or related. ...
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Is it okay to store a battery in its (unplugged) charger?

Following the unhappy end of my Nikon D3100, I have upgraded to a new D5200, as a result of which I now have an extra EN-EL14 Li-ion battery and MH-24 battery charger. It would be nice if I could save ...
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What personal safety precautions do I need to take while traveling with a camera in Scandinavia? [closed]

I am hoping to do a bit of travel photography while studying abroad in Europe (I'm a US uni student). I’ve heard some advice about staying safe while studying abroad — this includes not bringing a ...
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UV-coated vs non-UV-coated flash tube/dome - UV eye hazard?

NOTE: there have been many edits to this question as I understand more and more, so answers might not be totally relevant to the question, sorry for this all... My concern is: all the current flash ...
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Planning to photograph Paris Opera Garnier, Eiffel and Montmerte

I live in Turkey and I'm planning to visit Paris next week. I'm amazed how gorgeous Opera Garnier is. Is it allowed to photograph inside that building? And is tripod allowed? Also I've read that ...
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Why are compressed-gas dusters not recommended on the mirror of an SLR camera?

Every compressed-gas duster (including Dust Destroyer and Dust-Off brands) contains, among others, the following warning: Never use on camera mirrors. What is the potential risk here? I've used ...
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Is it safe to use a telephoto lens when the camera is on a tripod?

The camera is mounted on the tripod. The telephoto lens is mounted on the camera, with no additional support. Is this safe or stupid? It seems like this would put a lot of stress on the tripod mount ...
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If I swallowed my SD Card would it be readable when it emerged?

I am entirely serious. As I walked conspicuously down a narrow alley this morning with my camera hanging off my shoulder I began considering how I would/could respond to a bit of rough treatment by ...
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Magnets and DSLR's -- any problem?

I was thinking about incorporating some small but fairly strong rare earth magnets (like the smaller varieties shown here) into a camera bag for holding dividers in place, holding compartments closed, ...
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Is it possible to get an eye infection using a camera's viewfinder?

Is there any chance of eye infection from using a viewfinder? If so how can we get rid of that? How can we clean a viewfinder?
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How do I know if it's safe to use a Nikon SB-20 on an Olympus E-520?

I have an Olympus E-520 and I borrowed a Nikon SB-20 flash which I intend to use as an optical trigger for an off-camera flash (TTL connectors on the flash connector are removed to avoid mixing ttl ...
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Using carbon-fiber tripods in cold weather: safe temperatures, precautions, and effects of failure

I'm considering buying Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon-fiber tripod legs with a Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head, but I've read that carbon fiber can break at low temperatures. (Note that the 055CXPRO3 uses pull-...
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Is it safe to carry around a tripod with a DSLR attached to the head?

Let's assume I'm coordinated enough not to hit anyone or anything with the tripod. I'm concerned about the DSLR/plate/head interface. Assuming everything is properly attached and tightened, can I ...
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR?

I have been using my dad's old Metz mecablitz 18 B1 flash for a while with my Canon 7D and had no trouble with it, but just received some advice from a friend that using old flashes can fry the camera....
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Will leaving my battery charger plugged in (without battery) harm the charger?

I find it convenient to just leave the charger sitting on my desk, still plugged into the wall, so that I can just pop the battery in when I need it, but I wonder if this is bad for the charger in the ...
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Is it advisable to bring a camera grip when travelling to China?

I'm heading out to Beijing, China for a week-long trip and I'm trying to figure out how I should pack my gear. Will a battery grip on a 5D Classic attract too much attention as a tourist? My general ...
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Is camera flash actually harmful to infants or newborns?

I just got a new off-camera flash, and the instruction manual says: Never fire the flash unit closer than 1 meter from infants. This was a little startling to me, since one of the main reasons I ...
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What kind of dose can you expect from a radioactive lens?

I read that lens makers used to use radioactive glass to increase the refractive index property of their lenses. How radioactive are they? Here are some example dosages; where would looking through ...
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Should I shoot momma possum and her babies?

I have a wood deck in back that a possum family has decided to move in to. Momma has been there for a few days now. She lines up her nose and eyes straight through the 1/4" gaps between the ...
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