The 7 Legal Commandments of Photography

I teach these in my workshops and classes and I insist that photographers MUST know these seven points:

 

  • Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want.

 

  • If you are on public property, you can take pictures of private property. If a building, for example, is visible from the sidewalk.

 

  • If you are on private property and are asked not to take pictures, you are obligated to honour that request.

 

  • Sensitive government buildings can prohibit photography.

 

  • People can be photographed if they are in public (without their consent) unless they have secluded themselves and can expect a reasonable degree of privacy. Kids swimming in a fountain? Okay. Somebody entering their PIN at the ATM? Not okay.

 

  • If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor do you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer).

 

  • If someone tries to confiscate your camera, you don’t have to give it to them. If they take it by force or threaten you, they can be liable for things like theft and coercion. Even law enforcement officers need a court order.

This article is extracted from my latest E-Book: The vision, you can download it for free, just click this link: http://mido-photo.com/downloads/

 

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