Advice: Prepare for DC Protest? Lot o' questions Locked

Started Jun 23, 2020 | Questions thread
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johnvr1 Regular Member • Posts: 202
Re: Advice: Prepare for DC Protest? Lot o' questions

I haven't read all the replies, so apologies if this has been covered.

While I haven't shot the recent protests, I have shot protests, riots and parades both in Europe and in New York over the years.

Based on that, if it's about getting the shot, carry two identical cameras, each with a zoom. The faster the aperture, the better. Aim for wide angle to medium tele total reach. Get close for the best shots. If you need the files for social media, I'd shoot RAW and JPEG on all cameras.

Absolutely don't bring extra stuff. It's not fun losing your balance in a crowd and not being able to move quickly if necessary. Any protest can have nasty moments. Also, water and a snack will be more important than a lens that will likely see no use.

Likewise, I don't see a need for flash, unless you know that the light will suck (for example, the Puerto Rican parade in NYC always moves south to north at midday on 5th Ave, so photographers know they'll shoot into the sun).

Have your extra batteries and memory cards in a place where you can easily reach them. Anything that can easily fall off your camera, tape it with gaffer tape or remove it. You might also want to gaffer tape the corners of your gear, in case it's really crowded with photographers or you go low to the street and your gear gets scratched.

Finally, take care of yourself. I don't know the nature of the protest, but my experience is that often neither the protesters nor the cops trust you. They each seem to think you belong to the other group. I've been pushed by cops on horses and yelled at by protesters, even while carrying a press pass.

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