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. Ha great pictorial post. I just found you on friend feed. Good stuff. I subscribed to your rss feed as well. Keep up the good work.

  2. ziggygirl

    YOU DIDN’T LOST YOUR CAMERA RIGHT?!other way how did you take the pictures above very funny =))

  3. Thanks for this. I enjoyed it.

  4. Silly. Inane. Egotistical.
    Typical of today’s “young people.”

    Why not just take a photo of your business card that has all the contact points?

    Oh, I forgot. Today’s young people have no business cards, no business sense, no business.

  5. This totally made my day!

  6. Morgan R / Seattle, WA

    Very well done!

    A sense of humor goes a long way. Most people will return a found object if they have a way to do so. This is a really cute way to make that possible. And because it is so funny, folks will probably go the extra mile (even some who otherwise might not have).

    For all those who commented and worried that a thief would learn to much about you … you worry too much, get a life 😉 The message is aimed at someone who finds the camera, not at a thief.

    When you presume that most people are basically well intentioned, you’ll find out that your trust is usually rewarded. Thanks for providing a funny way to encourage this approach to life!

  7. @kickstand:
    “Don’t the images get erased every time you format the CF card?”

    Why are you formatting your CF card “every time”? You only ever need to do that once, then you never do it again. I think you’re doing it wrong.

  8. For anyone who finds a camera or memory card, there’s always this site: http://ifoundyourcamera.blogspot.com/

    I love this idea though – hilarious! 😀

  9. @Tess:

    Actually I do have business cards. I made them out of old perfume cards.


  10. hahah, Andrew thanks for the laughs, I enjoyed it, my wife enjoyed it, even my dogs enjoyed it….now please send me $250 via PayPal and you’ll get your phone back.

  11. I love it. You’re a genius!

  12. I like the idea! but i think you have to go straight, it’s too much chit-chat.

  13. Good plan, endearing yourself to the finder of your camera by telling a story. Those are some social smarts!

  14. Brilliant – thanks for a good laugh in this time of stress!

  15. That’s soooooo awesome…i guess u’ve got great sense of humour!:)Greetings from PL, take care!:)

  16. Hey ‘Versace’,
    You really are quite a twisted fellow. 🙂
    I am going to try out the business card idea…At the next Small Business “Event”…Hopefully someone will have an allergy and really remember me!

  17. great idea, I’m off to make some similiar pics now ; )

  18. Dude, you need to clean your tub

  19. LOL, I love it!! I’m forwarding this to my Mother-in-Law who is constantly losing cameras :-p

  20. Errrrrrrrrr

    But you didnt include your email address!!!

  21. Well done! I will be implementing this strategy ASAP.

  22. Savannah Spivey

    You are hilarious. Can we meet in a future life? Or this one? Merry Christmas my friend 🙂

  23. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It?s the old what goes around comes around routine. Did you acquired lots of links and I see lots of trackbacks??

  24. Gopi krishna

    Actually we have 2 cameras.Before 2 years in My Home Some THiefs are stolen. we can taken some Photos with that camera..how can i recover the 2 cameras Now.. Plz Tell me the Solution….

  25. I didn’t found your camera, but I think you’re really hot! XD

  26. Awesomely excellent idea!

  27. How did you take those pictures if you lost your camera?

  28. Never mind, I rarely read ahead of time. Just like looking at pictures.

  29. When my girlfriend at the time was studying at the dance academy, they shared changing room with those there for weekend courses. And someone stole her dancing shoes!

    I suggested she put up a sign “You that by mistake got my shoes with you, please put them back, I would appreciate it”. Next weekend, no. But the one after that, they were back 😉

    So this “might” work sometimes, if the one stealing them actually have a conscience 🙂

  30. I would return your camera in a heartbeat!

    Even if I have stolen it from you.

    (Which I would never do.)

  31. I hope you lose that camera and I find it- I’d be down with getting a free hug from a hot funny stranger.

  32. this is the first time i’ve seen your blog and i think i just want to squeeze you because you’re really friggin adorable. alright, that’s all.

  33. this absolutely made my bad day not so bad a day. =D
    …I’m scarred for life because of the bath photo, but other than that…

  34. Yay!! My fave post 🙂 Nice work Andrew!

  35. :)So cool! Great idea!
    Incidentally, I have a similar painting with the ducks:)


  36. Only want to say your article is awesome. The clarity in your post is simply impressive and i can take for granted you are an expert on this field. Well with your permission allow me to grab your rss feed to keep up to date with succeeding post. Thanks a million and please keep up the respectable work

  37. I wish I had your camera after this pictorial so that I could give it back. Hope you find/get it back! Great work!

    To clarify, if I had your camera it’d be because I found it, not stole it. 😉

  38. i think this is just wonderful! Love your photography!

  39. muhammad dadu

    Geniouse work 😀 ironic though.

  40. oh great…where was this blog 2 months ago…just before I lost my camera?

  41. Thats a very creative idea and would melt the heart of someone who finds it. I hope you never lose your camera though.

  42. Lmao! Love it! A hug from Brazil! xoxo

  43. Saw this on tv in Sacramento,Ca. great idea.

  44. excellent facial expressions

  45. Funny 🙂

  46. margarita

    I loved it. I am always losing my camera as well and it does have photos of me and what I have been doing. But It think the best is to put your name, telephone number and reward if it found. It works.

  47. Love it! What a mind, to come up with that! Too funny!

  48. Wow. I’d not only return your camera, I’d buy a plane ticket and return it in person over cocktails and a candlelit dinner at a chic restaurant where despite the haute cuisine the waiters pretend not to notice our cheap shoes and cater to our every whim. I don’t know that you’d put out, but perhaps you’d pick up the tab?

  49. Hilarious! You can lose your camera in my panniers and I’ll get it back to you!

  50. why do you not have a digg button on this article…that is priceless!!

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