A Fast and Free Way to Keep Track of Your Gear
About a year ago I heard about Lenstag. I was listening to a podcast that talked about registering your gear with the service. I did not heed the advice immediately. I did not pay for my mistake, but I easily could have. Lents is a free service that lets you register your gear on their site. I use the iPhone app to make things easy. I fill out the form on the phone which is very easy to do, and then take a picture of the serial number. That info is then sent in to Lenstag who places it in your virtual collection. This is a neat way to see all of your gear in one place, but there is a bigger purposes than that. I get reports every so often showing me exactly where my photos have shown up. If my gear is ever stolen, and a photo from it is posted online it will let me know about it. This is not only a great way to have a record of your gear, but it can help recover it if it is ever taken. Another pleasant way to use the product is that it can help you see when your photos are being used the wrong way. Last year a radio station in my hometown (WCOE FM) used one of my photos in an advertisement without my consent. Lenstag allowed me to see the use, and I was able to get in touch with the station. Theft of a photo is just as bad as theft of the gear. Lenstag has an app for both the iPhone as well as Android devices. It does not take much time to register your gear, and it is well worth it.