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Oh no, you just lost your camera! (Not really, but let’s pretend.)
But never fear: writer Andrew McDonald employs a clever trick to call home his wayward cameras.
In the event that he accidentally leaves it behind, Andrew created special picture-messages specifically to be found by anyone snooping through his camera’s memory.
Discovering a delicious mélange of jokes and guilt trips (and bribery) will prod all but the most heartless to hand your camera back over to you.
Grab a whiteboard or some paper and markers — we’re going to craft a series of photos that live on all of your memory cards, urging anyone who finds them to be a good egg and return them to you.
Step 1: Write Your Messages
Before you start taking photos, take some time to fine-tune your message. Here’s some tips for getting off on the right foot with your future hero:
Step 2: Location Scouting
The key here is to take pictures anywhere you think your camera might be found: if the finder recognizes their local playground, town green, or wicker warehouse, they’ll be more likely to think of you as a friendly neighbor.
Keep it interesting — but also inoffensive, just in case the person who picks up your camera has delicate sensibilities. They may not be amused by your abattoir background.
Step 3: Photoshoot!
The messages should be super-easy to read. Focus on the words on the signs, rather than on the pretty pretty horse standing off in the distance. It’s OK if the background is a little out-of-focus, since these pix are all about the words.
Don’t neglect your background, though! Match the light on your sign to the light in your background. If one is in shadow and the other is in direct sun, you’ll have a hard time exposing for both.
Standing between your lovely foreground and your gorgeous background is an irresistible person holding a sign. Before you head out, decide whether you want that person to be you, or one of your cute flirty friends. Not that we condone lookism, but sometimes a pretty face can go a long way.
Step 4: Permanent Residence
Best of luck with your summoning spell! Hopefully you’ll never need it, but if one day you do, you’ll say, “whew.”
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Published on January 11, 2010 — See more Tips
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