Safety and Security
Almost every camcorder has a small red light that will come on every time you press the record button to verify that you are actually recording. Although this is a very useful facility while you are using the camcorder to ensure that you are actually laying images onto tape it may sometimes be necessary to disguise this facility for your own safety so that those around you are unaware that you may be filming them.
Again, at times, for your own safety, it may be necessary to film in such a way that those around you are unaware that they are being caught on camera. You must first make sure the camera is on autofocus and fully zoomed out. Then hold it close to your chest and pretend not to be looking in the same direction as the camcorder is pointing. This should help to lessen suspicion. Or you can do the same by holding the camcorder by your side as if you are merely carrying it. If you are trying to film a person, you may need to tilt the lens up slightly to avoid filming just their torso and to be able to include their head in the shot.
- Cover or switch-off recording light
- Hold camcorder inconspicuously
- Look away from subject being recorded
- Do not place yourself in situations of danger in order to record
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Once the incident – which may only last a few seconds – is over, assess your situation for your personal safety, and then for the safety of your footage. In many situations, a person or group of people may not want your footage to get out to either the authorities or to the media or both. If you are safe but you assess a potential threat to your footage, you may have a few options other than fleeing the scene.
Whether your device has a tape or media card, you may want to either remove it and change it out, hide it or give the card to a friend to take away from the scene to safety. You may also be able to share your footage from your mobile phone or device from the scene. Though mobile phones and services capabilities range depending on the phone you are using, your wireless provider and capabilities of your network, there may be some way for you to share your images or video directly and immediately from your phone.
If you have a mobile phone or camera that can connect to the internet, use that connection! For photos, you can email them to yourself (and a trusted friend as back-up) if you don’t want them to go public right away, a backup to ensure your content is secure and accessible if your footage or device is taken at the scene. In addition to video sharing sites like YouTube where you can upload directly from your phone, if you are part of a social network like Facebook, Blogger or Twitter and want to get your content out far and wide immediately, then you can upload them directly to the site or through your phone by using MMS or email.
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