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Re: Is Street Photography Legal?

Post by Duck » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:39 pm

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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:16 pm

As the shy retiring guy who pretty much never does anything remotely "street," before Daphne got too sick we used to "mall walk" in a local enclosed mall that opened at 7 AM specifically for the purpose, winter and summer. I very much enjoyed taking my camera in and making pictures of the spooky darkened displays, but every time I saw a security guard patrolling I would kinda palm the camera on the principle that they might disapprove, and being the non-confrontational wimpy kid, well, yeah, so... Matt Quinn actually does some actual "street" in a mall while it's actually open! Whoa! From my perspective that is brave! :S
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Post by St3v3M » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:31 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:16 pm
As the shy retiring guy who pretty much never does anything remotely "street," before Daphne got too sick we used to "mall walk" in a local enclosed mall that opened at 7 AM specifically for the purpose, winter and summer. I very much enjoyed taking my camera in and making pictures of the spooky darkened displays, but every time I saw a security guard patrolling I would kinda palm the camera on the principle that they might disapprove, and being the non-confrontational wimpy kid, well, yeah, so... Matt Quinn actually does some actual "street" in a mall while it's actually open! Whoa! From my perspective that is brave! :S
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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:47 pm

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Everything is scary until you try it! S-
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Post by St3v3M » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:49 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:47 pm
The face I have (see avatar) needs no rearranging. :lol: You fellers go on; I'll just stay back here and cheerlead. :pop:
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Post by davechinn » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:42 pm

St3v3M wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:20 am
Is Street Photography Legal?
"Since the birth of street photography, there has been a clash between the photographers prowling the streets trying to capture the lives of ordinary people to turn them into works of art, and the subjects of those photos who feel violated by the unauthorized use of their likeness."

In short -
Photographers Rights
"Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply."

There may be exceptions -
Photography and the law
United States
"Public property
It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property, within reasonable community standards.[39]
Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law or statute. Some museums do not allow photography.

There are additional rights if you plan to commercialize the image and the person can be recognized, but that's for another post.

What are your thoughts and have you ever encountered the problems of 'privacy?' S-

I now, use more common sense along with some courtesy while out on the streets. I have only had one incident asked for me to delete an image. Since it was in my early stages of street photography, where my ignorance on the matter out weighed my knowledge, I went ahead and deleted the said image. However, knowing what I know now, it would take a little bit more convincing from the subject for me to consider deletion today. I now know, for the most part, street is public and if one happens to come within the frame it's legal. Its not my fault they stepped in front of me while I was composing a shot. LOL !!! Although, there are some images I have no desire to keep, so therefor will never be exposed, but never deleted.
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:13 am

davechinn wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:42 pm
I now, use more common sense along with some courtesy while out on the streets. I have only had one incident asked for me to delete an image. Since it was in my early stages of street photography, where my ignorance on the matter out weighed my knowledge, I went ahead and deleted the said image. However, knowing what I know now, it would take a little bit more convincing from the subject for me to consider deletion today. I now know, for the most part, street is public and if one happens to come within the frame it's legal. Its not my fault they stepped in front of me while I was composing a shot. LOL !!! Although, there are some images I have no desire to keep, so therefor will never be exposed, but never deleted.
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