Finding Stolen Gear Through Images: Lenstag Rescue

Finding Stolen Gear Through Images: Lenstag Rescue

Lenstag, the free service that collects serial numbers from your lenses and cameras and keeps them in a registry to be flagged in the unfortunate event that they get stolen, aims to officially match all gear serials as belonging to its owner and, thus, the reselling and pawning of stolen gear becomes increasingly discouraged. The more people who register the gear, the more effective the registry system is and now the search for hot items has grown with a new Chrome extension called Lenstag Rescue. Lenstag Rescue checks images on the web for camera serial numbers. If it finds a serial number, or similar data in an image,that info is sent over an encrypted connection back to Lenstag Rescue where it will be used to help recover cameras already flagged on Lenstag as stolen. The Chrome extension only sends data when it finds an image with serial numbers or other data in an image that can aid in a camera’s recovery. The data is about the found image and does not contain any text data from the web page itself. If you currently have equipment flagged as stolen in your Lenstag account, Lenstag Rescue is already working for you. If you flag something as stolen in the future, it will automatically be enabled. Lenstag, and its Chrome extension assistant, aids in monitoring where stolen gear ends up. If you are about to purchase a used camera or lens off of Craigslist, for instance, searching for the item’s serial number on the Lenstag website or the iOS and Android apps will tell you if that items has been flagged as “stolen”. You can also text the serial number in question to +1-415-749-9808 to get an...
Lenstag Releases “Text to Check” Feature to Combat Gear Theft

Lenstag Releases “Text to Check” Feature to Combat Gear Theft

Lenstag is a new service that collects serial numbers from your lenses and cameras and keeps them in a registry to be flagged in the unfortunate event that they get stolen. It’s easy, it’s free, and is a great supplement to your existing insurance plan or personal security methods. By locking down a serial as belonging to its owner, the reselling and pawning of stolen gear becomes increasingly discouraged and it is now even easier to flag hot items. Users can now text a serial number to +1-415-749-9808 and get matching items back that have been flagged as stolen (or an all-clear if they aren’t). This is especially useful when making second-hand gear purchases. Standard text messaging charges may apply but Lenstag doesn’t charge for this feature. Lenstag is also working hard on apps for iOS and Android to make adding, deleting, and transferring gear even easier. Stay tuned for more updates! Learn more about Lenstag, which is used by all of the major US lens rentals companies as well as by photographers in over 140 countries. UPDATE: Lenstag, the service that collects serial numbers from your gear and keeps them in a registry to be flagged and indexed online if they get ever stolen, now has free apps for iOS and Android in multiple languages. Some features include: gear name auto-complete, picture-taking of your gear right from your phone, easy and immediate flagging, and more. Lenstag aims to curb theft by making it harder to resell stolen items. Download it here: • http://lens.tg/ios...
Shoot the Blues Away: 10 Motivating Winter Photography Tips

Shoot the Blues Away: 10 Motivating Winter Photography Tips

Photography often takes a hit during winter. Wedding gigs start to slow down and holiday obligations, bad weather, and shorter days give us plenty of reasons to procrastinate shooting. We have compiled 10 tips for staying motivated during these brumal months. Discover new ways to practice your craft and avoid a rusty start during spring’s heavy shooting season. 1) Bad Weather = Unique Images “Get out to shoot photographs even when you don’t think the weather is nice enough. A lot of great winter photos are taken when weather conditions are less than ideal. Bad weather or changing weather can translate to great atmosphere making the mundane seem extraordinaire.” – Jim Goldstein 2) Collaborate “I stay motivated in the winter by meeting and collaborating with other like-minded artists. When I am surrounded by people who are driven, passionate, and full of love for life, it seeps into my winter moodiness and completely wipes it all away. There is no substitute for really great hugs, especially when it’s cold out.” – Renee Robyn 3) Go Out Just as a Storm Clears for Extra Drama “Let’s face it, going out in the winter sucks. This image was taken on a particularly cold and windy morning. The wind was piercingly cold, the kind that makes your bones ache. Ski goggles were a requirement to see through the blowing snow and operating the camera was nearly impossible. So why would you want to go out in this misery? Dramatic weather conditions are the only way to get an image like this – fresh snow and clouds rolling over the mountains after a clearing storm during sunrise....