When traveling with your brand new SLR or compact digital, keeping a low profile is best. But as manufacturers plaster their name and model badges all over cameras, it can be hard not to draw attention to yourself.

The solution I like the best is to grab a roll of gaffer’s tape and cut pieces that are the size of the various logos on your camera and tape over them. You can also do this for camera bags, tripods, or anything else with a brand name. An all black camera, or one with tape on it for that matter, draws a heck of a lot less attention than the normal bat-signal type shine you get off of the huge chrome bits that seem to be the norm.

Your equipment will draw less attention, making it less prone to theft, and allowing you to draw less attention from your subjects when you’re looking for that authentic candid moment.

—Matthew Panzarino
Contributing Blogger