IT COULD BE A CLEVER BIT of reverse psychology. Threaten fans, the strategy might go, and make them think their David Beckham photos are worth something. Maybe they'll post them on Flickr. But the suit who approached me at tonight's LA Galaxy game probably isn't that clever.
One would think that the LA Galaxy would take time to realize: a) it scored the first genuine soccer star in three decades, b) it brought him to a city obsessed with photography, c) the future of Major League Soccer may depend somewhat on DINKs with $120 to blow on back-row seats, and d) these very same DINKs could have half-decent cameras and blogs with only slightly less of an audience than the "accredited" media willing to have every shot micromanaged from a sideline pen.Suit: Getting good shots?
Me: They're OK.
Suit: I'm have to confiscate that camera. You're not allowed to have that kind of camera here.
Me: What kind of camera?
Suit (pointing at the D50 on my Nikon D50): The number means that it's professional.
Guy in front of me with a cheap-ass camera being no help whatsoever: Yeah, it's nothing like my camera.
Me (knowing that D50 is strictly an entry-level consumer digital SLR and calling the suit's bluff): This is a personal camera. I'm on vacation.
Suit: Are you media accredited?
Suit (giving up): Well, keep the camera pointed at the field.
Or maybe it is all reverse psychology. Ha! I guess the joke's on me.
Here's the complete gallery on Flickr.