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A Pictorial Guide to avoiding Camera Loss

Have you lost your cam­era recently? Mis­laid it some­where in a national park? Left it in a taxi? Dropped it in the gorilla pit? Any­one can be a vic­tim of the thought­less­ness and/or sleepi­ness that can lead to Cam­era Loss.

How can I pre­vent Cam­era Loss?’ I hear you ask, wish­ing I’d get to the point. Well, you can’t pre­vent cam­eras from get­ting lost, but you can do some­thing so your cam­era can be found very soon after it has vanished.

All you have to do is take some pho­tos – which you never delete from your cam­era – so when some­one finds your cam­era at the bot­tom of the gorilla pit they are able to locate you and return the lost prop­erty to its right­ful owner.

To illus­trate just how you can safe­guard your cam­era from the crip­pling effects of Cam­era Loss, here are the pics that I always keep on my camera.


























  1. Bwa­haha.

    January 3, 2010
  2. Very funny, and absolutely clever. To those cyn­ics who insist on dis­parag­ing this or who seem to believe that “no one would ever return a cam­era,” (yes, reality-check, I’m look­ing at you), you might want to recon­sider your world­view, since I rou­tinely return lost objects and have on sev­eral occa­sions had lost objects returned to me. You might also want to check your karma, and your sense of basic human decency.

    As for @Tess– Wow. You might want to up the dosage on your Meta­mu­cil. I’m guess­ing you’re some­one who hasn’t received a phone call from the kids or grand­kids in a long time (gee, I won­der why?) and have decided to take your unhap­pi­ness out on those who are younger than you. The rea­son he’s doing this instead of “tak­ing a pic­ture of his busi­ness cards” (which are, in the 21st cen­tury, com­pletely waste­ful landfill-fillers and forest-defoliators) is because any­body with even a min­i­mal under­stand­ing of human psy­chol­ogy (yep, that’s what my very adult degree is in) real­izes that a per­sonal appeal and sense of humor will increase a person’s chances of being helped ten­fold over a com­pletely imper­sonal set of fac­tual infor­ma­tion. It’s one thing to be sour, but the human impulse to spread one’s dis­sat­is­fac­tion around con­tin­ues to appall me.

    Andrew: I hope, should you ever decide to upgrade your cam­era, you will leave this one out to see if some­one returns it. I’m sure we all want to know whether this is suc­cess­ful or not– I have a feel­ing it will be.

    January 3, 2010
  3. Very, very cute. I love it!
    I hope you get your cam­era back.

    January 3, 2010
  4. LOL!

    Although if you hadn’t already posted your bath pic­ture and you lost your cam­era and you get an email that says

    Hi, I have a pic­ture of you in the bath. How much will you give me to NOT share the con­tents of this cam­era with the rest of the world?”

    it would most prob­a­bly be me. :D

    January 4, 2010
  5. Ray #

    Great idea. The only hard part is delet­ing all pic­tures except the one with the address. On mine, it’s eas­ier to delete them all and then copy the address pic­ture back to the camera.

    January 4, 2010
  6. Great idea :D

    January 4, 2010
  7. my favourites:
    “unless you stole it…“
    “i don’t even have a dog“
    ” “
    thanks for this! made me gig­gle :)

    January 5, 2010
  8. Bril­liant idea won­der­fully exe­cuted. Good job!

    January 5, 2010
  9. Clever and very funny. Let me know how it works out for you :) If any­thing it will help you get back your lost CF card.

    January 5, 2010
  10. Jo #

    soooo funny :lol: funny — ‘unless you have per­sonal space issues’ (issues as in Kath n Kim Issues :))

    January 5, 2010
  11. linz #

    That’s actu­ally a good idea. My Canon DSLRs have my con­tact info embed­ded into all the exif but how many peo­ple would be able to find that?

    BTW, how many emails have you received from peo­ple claim­ing to have found your cam­era since you posted this? ;-)

    January 5, 2010
  12. Great idea.

    And with this funny pic­tures an extra. ;)

    Lets see if I can come up with some­thing like this for my own…

    January 5, 2010
  13. stephanie #

    I’ll prob­a­bly hug you out of grate­ful­ness… unless you have per­sonal space issues.” That was hilar­i­ous! Has this actu­ally worked before when/if you lost your camera?

    January 5, 2010
  14. Oh my good­ness, I loved it. I will have to do that, some­thing is always hap­pen­ing to my cam­era. Not los­ing it, but I have had one stolen, and one ruined by a small child. Thank you. It was a great start to my day.

    January 6, 2010
  15. Shelby #

    Oh, this enter­tained me, my room­mate, and soon my entire floor.

    Well done, love the hilar­i­ous expres­sions and the “respect­ful dis­tance” part. Plus, the shower-cap and duckie were priceless.

    January 8, 2010
  16. I lost my cam­eras THREE times last year (dropped it in a river, lost in air­port, then our house got robbed and 3 of my cam­eras were stolen)

    I should have seen this when I lost the first one, tough luck but wouldn’t be help­ful unless a fish comes and brought it back.

    Funny, extremely funny. Great one.

    January 8, 2010
  17. I just apol­o­gized to the love of my life that I found the man I want to marry (unless you are already taken of course). And to those who say it wont work, I say blas­phemy! Too adorable you and that cam­era not to want to return it to you.

    January 8, 2010
  18. Seri­ously the great­est idea ever. But per­haps even more impor­tantly you are so cute. If I wasn’t already very mar­ried I’d want to marry you.
    I know… get in line!
    Thanks for the really ter­rific idea though! I’m going to check out the rest of your blog now.

    January 9, 2010
  19. …awe­some, :)

    January 9, 2010
  20. antisocial95 #

    Con­grats, I saw this on b3ta! Via the Bored Ninja, which linked here. :)

    January 9, 2010
  21. You are a genius with a sense of humor. Loved it! This will help so many peo­ple.
    Bless­ings to you

    January 11, 2010
  22. I found This Blog while I was search­ing bing on key term dig­i­tal. I like con­tent posted. Keep up the good work.Thanks for sharing!

    January 11, 2010
  23. Jordan #

    My friend just sent this to me after learn­ing that I lost my cam­era. It made me laugh and not feel so sad any­more. Thanks! By the way, when I get my new cam­era I am going to do this just in case.

    January 11, 2010
  24. Laine #

    You are…just awesome.

    January 11, 2010
  25. FLEJ Stenton #

    Dear Gram­mar Nazi,
    It takes a smart man to com­mu­ni­cate with any­one at any level, you might find you have some trou­ble with this.

    Dear Andrew, I think you a are very funny man, I love your work!

    ANYWAYS!!!!!!!! Cheers, always FLEJ!!! xxx

    Ps, Glit­ter Berry is sooooo right you do have a cute smile.

    January 12, 2010
  26. Doris R #

    You are too clever for words…or is that pic­tures? Any­way, love the idea, and it sure made me smile.

    January 12, 2010
  27. sure thing #

    Now if i was to find a cam­era that was worth about 8,000 dol­lars i am not sure i would return it, i dont care about your pic­tures, now think about it.

    January 12, 2010
  28. anon #

    Sim­i­lar to the Dymo, I stick a return mail sticker (which has my phone num­ber) on the bot­tom of my cam­era and other sim­i­lar things. I pro­tect it with a piece of “Magic” tape. I had some­one call about a pair of pre­scrip­tion glasses. And it’s help retrieve things left behind in hotels.

    I also try to put a text file with con­tact info on my SD cards. But as some­one already pointed out, if (when) you refor­mat the card after down­load­ing all the pho­tos, you delete whatever’s on the card. But then many of us are just fil­ing the cards when done as they’ve become cheap enough, at least if we don’t take thou­sands of photos.

    But I love the humor of the idea pre­sented. It will nudge the finder to do the right thing. Offer­ing a reward or 15 sec­onds of fame on your blog may help too. But humor’s the best.

    January 12, 2010
  29. This author claims that after drop­ping 200 wal­lets, he had an 88% return rate (w/ con­tents intact) if the wal­let con­tained a photo of a baby. You’re cute Andrew, but I’d sug­gest you beg, bor­row or steal an infant to improve your odds.

    January 12, 2010
  30. John Frum #

    I was referred here from another site, so I’m not a fan, as the major­ity of com­menters here appear to be, and I didn’t quite react the way they did. My imme­di­ate thoughts were more along the lines of, “If I found a cam­era, and it had pic­tures like these on it, I wouldn’t return it and give the owner another chance to repeat the performance.”

    Sorry. Not try­ing to be neg­a­tive here. Just try­ing to express a point of view you might want to con­sider, and can use. After all, how likely is the per­son who finds your cam­era to already be a fan?

    I’ve done a sim­i­lar thing, but it is short and to the point, and doesn’t involve any cutesi­ness. We’d have to con­duct an exper­i­ment to deter­mine which approach is more effec­tive. My expe­ri­ence indi­cates that it’s gen­er­ally best to be direct.

    January 12, 2010
  31. I liked the approach! but per­haps only 3 frames are needed?

    January 12, 2010
  32. allie #

    don’t for­get to have a baby hold­ing those signs:

    it looks like some sort of per­sonal approach does often work bet­ter than an imper­sonal direct one.

    January 12, 2010
  33. Kris #

    Great post, very funny pictures.

    In case you are seri­ously wor­ried about los­ing your cam­era, here’s an even bet­ter way to tell the finder what to do with it:
    (switch to eng­lish lan­guage at top right of website)

    and here’s the solu­tion for your cam­eras, cell phones, iPods, note­books:



    January 13, 2010
  34. Bernard Smyth #

    I just took a photo of my busi­ness card and I leave it as the first frame in the hope that some­one find­ing the cam­era will get in touch

    January 13, 2010
  35. Autumn #

    This is
    #1 — Com­pletely awe­some,
    #2 — Not going to work if your cam­era uses actual film.

    January 13, 2010
  36. tom #

    Awe­some. But I wish I dis­cov­ered this post and it was the post was from from the per­son that found it, and not you.

    If I found it, I’d post all the pho­tos and talk about what a genius you are. Then i’d steal the idea.


    Rock on.

    January 13, 2010
  37. olofson #

    hilar­i­ous… but some­one have to wipe of the cof­fee from my mon­i­tor now. The best thing so far this year.… i hope you got your cam­era back.

    January 13, 2010
  38. I’ve found your cam­era. So as soon as you’re out of the bath, come on over and fetch it! ;-)

    January 14, 2010
  39. Please oh please, if some­one stole it, let them make one of these in return explain­ing how they’re hold­ing the cam­era hostage, or at least never giv­ing it back because the cam­era grew tired of Andrew and hav­ing to watch him take baths (among other things), with­out ever feel­ing suf­fi­ciently appre­ci­ated in return. :D

    January 14, 2010
  40. Sanja #

    LoL :D you made me smile so much with your pho­tos, awe­some idea, and I really love your sense of humor but hun..your bath­tub needs some seri­ous wash­ing with chlo­rine hehehe Hugiesss :*

    January 14, 2010
  41. hey hehehe good idea just lov it!!!!! u may not have your cam­era back …but i’m sure that u make some friends and had a good laugh about it!!!!!congrats from Brazil!!!!!

    January 15, 2010
  42. Cat #

    After a pretty crappy week so far, this was a real high­light *lol* I mean the post of course *cough cough*

    January 15, 2010
  43. Hilar­i­ous!!!

    January 15, 2010
  44. really funny… period…

    January 17, 2010
  45. Casey #

    Haaaa, this is cir­cu­lat­ing all around the inter­net, and for good reason.

    You’re super awe­some man.

    January 18, 2010
  46. mum #

    Andrew, I will be round with my scrub­bing brush after see­ing your bath pic.…..those tiles look filthy!.…;) naughty boy!

    January 18, 2010
  47. van #

    I find your cam­era and now that I see your email and refuse to return it is this con­sid­ered theft?

    January 19, 2010

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