how to safely take photos in NYC?

May 5th, 2019, 04:34 PM
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"and then what? Put it down on the sidewalk in Times Square and hope nobody walks between you and the camera?"

J62, I still take the selfie by extending my arm and pointing the camera at myself. The difference is that without the timer it's almost always bad, because your finger moves taking the shot, often causing the camera to move, and your expression may or may not be "camera ready." With the delay, you can get all your limbs, appendages and features arranged just so
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May 5th, 2019, 10:55 PM
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Don't ask just anyone. If you'll ask a shady looking guy, you may lose your phone.
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May 6th, 2019, 04:57 AM
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Originally Posted by minamax10 View Post
Got a selfie stick today . Not the best solution, but at least, I'll have that option.
I have to agree with others that this is not a great idea. Embrace the (perhaps) terrible iPhone selfie; your travels should be more meaningful than "perfectly" curated snaps in front of this monument or that attraction.
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May 6th, 2019, 06:20 AM
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Ask someone who is carrying a nice looking camera to take your picture. They are usually obliging and there is a better than average chance the picture will actually be good.
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May 6th, 2019, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Nelson View Post
Ask someone who is carrying a nice looking camera to take your picture. They are usually obliging and there is a better than average chance the picture will actually be good.
Good point!
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May 6th, 2019, 10:00 AM
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Take your selfie stick, enjoy it, use it as you wish and take lovely photos of yourself wherever you please. Make wonderful vacation memories that you can enjoy later with both nostalgia for a great trip and perhaps a laugh at your then-trendy-now-outdated hair or clothing. When the stick won't do, follow the suggestion of asking other tourists to trade off (you take theirs, they take yours). We've been to NYC and had no problems asking others in these scenarios.

Be mindful of others and show courtesy when you are using your camera and it will be fine. All the hand-wringing here about selfie sticks and being in the way and being seen as self-important do not matter; just treat others with courtesy and respect as you take in the sights however you choose and it will be nice. Have a nice trip.

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May 6th, 2019, 11:02 AM
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>>All the hand-wringing here about selfie sticks and being in the way and being seen as self-important do not matter;<<


They may not matter to the one holding the selfie stick - but there is a reason so many places have banned them . . .

One (polite) person using one isn't a problem - but 27 others standing in the same places taking the same selfies - whole different matter.
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May 6th, 2019, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by schlegal1 View Post
Take your selfie stick, enjoy it, use it as you wish and take lovely photos of yourself wherever you please. Make wonderful vacation memories that you can enjoy later with both nostalgia for a great trip and perhaps a laugh at your then-trendy-now-outdated hair or clothing. When the stick won't do, follow the suggestion of asking other tourists to trade off (you take theirs, they take yours). We've been to NYC and had no problems asking others in these scenarios.

Be mindful of others and show courtesy when you are using your camera and it will be fine. All the hand-wringing here about selfie sticks and being in the way and being seen as self-important do not matter; just treat others with courtesy and respect as you take in the sights however you choose and it will be nice. Have a nice trip.
hey, that's exactly what I was thinking. I was just too lazy to write it.
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May 6th, 2019, 02:28 PM
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If I were going to be handing something over to strangers on a regular basis, I'd take a little PowerShot digital camera. Unlikely to be stolen, but if it is you only lose photos... not your smartphone and all the information you have stored in it (probably planning the rest of your trip)!

When I travel solo I just don't bother. Or waiters in a restaurant are a good bet.
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May 6th, 2019, 03:51 PM
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For another perspective, we have been going through my grandparents' old travel photos.

The only ones we really want include them in the photo. Maybe we keep one related photo here and there to give context. If we want a photo of just Westminster Abby, etc, there are far better ones online.

Restaurant table shots are interesting, Suze. As time goes on, these remind of us of a past era. The food on the table. The restaurant decor. The other diners.

I wish I had college photos of the restaurants we ate at by campus.

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May 6th, 2019, 04:00 PM
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Ah, for all those reasons as well. I like it just because a waiter isn't going to say "no" or steal your camera or phone -haha.
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May 6th, 2019, 04:31 PM
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Schlegal I too agree with everything you have written. It's fantastic to have yourself at Central Park, standing in front of your favourite Broadway show sign, etc etc. Why would you not do this?
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May 7th, 2019, 09:56 AM
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Leave the selfie stick at home. Interact with other tourists or, heck, humans. Offer to take their pics and vice versa. I did this in NYC in January. My pics of another traveler are on an instagram somewhere (b/c she asked for my info, which I didn't share. lol) And fwiw this isn't the NYC from decades past. I felt very safe during my trip with so many people around.
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May 7th, 2019, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by 5alive View Post
For another perspective, we have been going through my grandparents' old travel photos.

The only ones we really want include them in the photo. Maybe we keep one related photo here and there to give context. If we want a photo of just Westminster Abby, etc, there are far better ones online.​​​​​
Another poster stole the words right out of my mouth. I'll take a few pics here and there of just scenery or buildings but I generally find it a little boring to go back and look at those photos. I much prefer the photos with people in them.
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May 7th, 2019, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by tom42 View Post
Another poster stole the words right out of my mouth. I'll take a few pics here and there of just scenery or buildings but I generally find it a little boring to go back and look at those photos. I much prefer the photos with people in them.
People have taken photos with people in them for many many generations (and have asked other people to take their pix) -- LONG before a selfie stick was the figment of anyone's imagination.
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May 7th, 2019, 03:47 PM
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A couple years ago I threw out thousands of travel pics. Did I keep any of the Eiffel Tower? Big Ben? Views of the Alps? Nope. But I kept a shot of that risotto in a wheel of cheese in Siena, the mussels in front of me in Brugge, and the whole pork knuckle in Munich to name a few.
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May 7th, 2019, 05:59 PM
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"whole pork knuckle in ...." aka Schweinshaxe

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May 7th, 2019, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Nelson View Post
Ask someone who is carrying a nice looking camera to take your picture. They are usually obliging and there is a better than average chance the picture will actually be good.
yep. My husband alway gets asked to take people's pictures when he's out with his camera gear. Even better is to ask the traveling companion of the fancy camera person, because you know that person is just hanging around waiting anyway
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May 8th, 2019, 03:36 AM
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English author Geoff Dyer writes (in his book on photography The Ongoing Moment): "I'm not a . . . serious photographer; I mean I don't even own a camera The only time I take a picture is when tourists ask me to take one of them, with their camera. (These rare works are now dispersed around the world in private collections, mostly in Japan.)
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May 8th, 2019, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by janisj View Post
People have taken photos with people in them for many many generations (and have asked other people to take their pix) -- LONG before a selfie stick was the figment of anyone's imagination.
I get it. You don't like selfie-sticks. I've never used one but if someone wants to use one, I couldn't care less.
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