public property Tag

There has been a few flareups in the news over the past six months or so where people have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to their rights as photographers. In most cases, it seems that the photographers actually knew their rights, however the law enforcement who wrongfully acted upon the photographers did not. Ironic? You bet. Us photographers are breeding like rabbits, we're everywhere, all the time. Anyone with a phone now has a camera in their pocket, ready for snapping at any time. This is all fine and dandy and everyone is happy, that is, until some kind of unexpected or uncontrolled event takes place. Photographers snap into action, doing what they do, taking photographs. Ignorant law enforcement wrongfully impede on the photographers rights in a multitude of wrongs - threatening, seizing photo gear, and in extreme cases, the damaging of gear or the abuse of the photographer. It seems that photographers are welcome until someone decides it's not ok and act unlawfully (most likely the offended/concerned person is in the wrong and doesn't want to be caught with their hand in the cookie jar). Photography and it's lawful boundaries seem to be a hot and reoccurring topic these days, ya know... since one out of every three people claim to be a photographer. Knowing your rights as a photographer is very important, and so important that I cover the topic in my beginner workshop, whether a student asks about it or not. There is a lot of grey area when it comes to the topic of rights, who has them,who doesn't, why, and when. To keep things simple, I'll just be talking about where you do and do not have rights to be taking photographs. It can easily be broken down into two sections - public and private property.