14th June 2005, 12:15 PM
Rules of Engagement for Photographers
Based on Ginvera Convention
1) Photographers are allowed to fire back whenever they felt themselves to be threatened by other photographers or civilians. This includes situations such as:
A) Hostile Act--- i) photographers hiding among a crowd of civilians, using civilians as cover, shooting at other photographers. ii) photographers hiding in places of worships or civilian buildings, shooting at other photographers. iii) photographers not wearing photographers' vest or official tags, pretending to be civilians, shooting at other photographers.
B) Hostile Intent(normally committed by civilians)--- i) civilians putting on interesting expressions or funny clothes or doing a strange act in public. ii) photographers or civilians taking out the camera from their camera bag(shoot them or shoot the things they are going to shoot first before they start shooting). iii) hiding of camera equipments in concealed compartments where photography is not allowed(they may have to be asked to leave or treated as POWs).
When photographers are engaged, take note of the following three situations:
A) Lethal force: When under heavy fire from other photographers or appearance of interesting civilians in public, switch to multiple frames per second and fire back at will.
B) Minimal force: When event has not started or nothing interesting to take, fire a few test shots just to test exposure. Do not fire at the innocent and waste battery power.
C) Graduated force: When there are too many interesting shots to take and can't handle the situation alone, call for backup.
Treatment of Civilians and POWs (Photographers of War)
A) Women and children are to be specially taken care of. Do not abuse women and children in public by forcing them to take pictures or perform any indecent acts on them. If you have to shoot, shoot them in the face(if they show no signs of resistance) instead of sneaking up on them using telephoto lens. If you have to sneak up on them to take candid shots, show them the pictures on the lcd screen after that.
B) Photographers in photographer's vest or official tags are to be given POW status during official events. Do not block their way when they are taking pictures and they have every rights to block other people's way when they are taking pictures. Their cameras and personal equipments are not to be confiscated under any conditions except when they decide to use their long lens to cause bodily harm or use their camera body as a bomb to throw at people.
C) Photographers not in photographer's vest or official tags are not bound by the Ginvera convention and you may do as you see fit when engaged or blocked by them.
D) Do not abuse the pictures of any civilians or your POWs after their shots are being taken. Public humiliation of civilians or your POWs violates basic human rights.
Other rules of engagement not bound by Singapore photographers:
A) Children under the age of 16 in Singapore are also allowed to be armed with cameras.
B) Photographers are allowed to set up their tripods anywhere to lie in wait of unsuspecting targets. You may choose to leave your tripods after the battle(just marked out with a white tape and place a danger sign there) or dislocate it after use.
Hope this clears up the air about the rules of engagement for photographers in urban warfare and turns Singapore into a more civilised country to shoot in.
14th June 2005, 12:17 PM
Maybe you should conduct a BMT for young/civillian photographers.
14th June 2005, 12:20 PM
Just to add a little, when going for photo shoot outings at certain designated locations, photographers should professionally align themselves in formation best suited to the circumstances, as they patrol the area.
Last edited by snowspeeder; 14th June 2005 at 12:22 PM.
14th June 2005, 12:20 PM
14th June 2005, 12:21 PM
i like this...
14th June 2005, 12:23 PM
14th June 2005, 12:24 PM
You forgot about loading of ammo when engaged.
14th June 2005, 12:39 PM
14th June 2005, 12:44 PM
shouldn't it be BPT?
Originally Posted by snowspeeder
14th June 2005, 01:04 PM
yah man... it should be Geneva convention in case anyone starts wondering what has Ginvera Hair Shampoo got to do with this!
Originally Posted by jOhO
14th June 2005, 01:46 PM
U mean loading of yr wallet?
Originally Posted by espn
I think we need all these in photography:
- laser guided focusing
- silencer when trigger
- flashgun that work like those in war movie when the soldier light up the whole sky bright bright one
14th June 2005, 01:59 PM
14th June 2005, 02:23 PM
Where can we get our vests authorized?
15th June 2005, 03:12 PM