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Oct 11, 2013 09:55 |  #9991

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You might get harassed, but if you stand your ground, you cannot get convicted for taking pictures of children in a public park. State and local statutes must respect all of the legal rights that are owed to a person. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth amendment serves as the means whereby the Bill of Rights has become binding on state and local governments as well as on the federal government. Just because a town passes an ordinance, doesn't mean it will stand in court.

You may get the cr4p beat out of you by a father and the local authorities may look away, or they may trump up other charges like disorderly conduct, or make touble for you in any number of ways; but a court will not convict you for taking pictures in a park. If you start taking lascivious shots of children, that's another matter.

Again, though, I will say, just because you can does not mean you should; there are also no laws against passing gas in a crowded elevator -- but we all know you shouldn't do it anyway.

To continue on this subject. It's rare, but it happens, even if you are at a public event wearing a Domke vest, carrying two cameras, one with long lens and monopod. "Why are you here? Who do you work for? Why are you photographing these little girls? I don't want you taking pictures of my daughter!"

For that woman, my reply was simple. "They are my granddaughters."

But I also had been shooting record shots of the girl's dance presentation at a show that had many studios showing off their skills. Her daughter was actually in the same school, but different level than my grandgirls and I told her that all photos went to the teacher to do with as she wished, so she should ask her about what the photos were used for.

In the US, there are few restrictions on what you can shoot in a public place, unless you are a wierdo shooting up skirts, of course--a local guy is in jail for doing that twice, now, at Target where he was arrested, and a week later at Walmart after being released on bond. Little girl's dresses, too. So, hopefully, they won't bond him out this time.

In Europe they have new, stricter laws regarding one's right to their own image. And people are very aware of it. Children love to climb on the statue of Peter Pan in London's Kensington Park, for instance. When I was there I was very careful to ask permission of the parents before taking a photo of the scene.
Farther on I came across the Hyde Park memorial to Princess Diana and gave up entirely on doing any shots. Too many children, too little clothing and no way to tell which were parents among the many people standing around.


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Oct 12, 2013 19:07 |  #9992

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In Europe they have new, stricter laws regarding one's right to their own image. And people are very aware of it. Children love to climb on the statue of Peter Pan in London's Kensington Park, for instance. When I was there I was very careful to ask permission of the parents before taking a photo of the scene.
Farther on I came across the Hyde Park memorial to Princess Diana and gave up entirely on doing any shots. Too many children, too little clothing and no way to tell which were parents among the many people standing around.

In many ways that is a shame that various legislatures have come to the opinion that any photograph of a child is putting the child at risk.


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Oct 12, 2013 20:42 as a reply to  @ WMS's post |  #9993

When I am out in public in a crowd I often have the 17-55 on which isn't that obvious..in my area Rebels are really common so a DSLR doesn't make people weirded out generally..and the 70D, while no SL1, is not a big gripped full frame either. Today we went to a pumpkin patch and there were at least 10 DSLRs running around in the group we were with, interestingly almost all Canon, I think I saw one Nikon.

If I am out using it and especially if I have the 70-300L on I take care not to take pics of people I don't know or their kids..it may be technically legal, but we live in a crazy world full of freaks and I just don't want people feeling awkward.. I know how I would feel if someone I didn't know was tracking my kid with a big white lens. If it is a large crowd at a public event then whatever, people will be in the frame.


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Oct 12, 2013 23:18 |  #9994

I have very strict rules about this. I don't take pictures of other peoples kids.

Mainly because I don't want pictures of other people's kids.


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Oct 13, 2013 09:20 |  #9995

Master of Defenestration wrote in post #16366738 (external link)
I have very strict rules about this. I don't take pictures of other peoples kids.

Mainly because I don't want pictures of other people's kids.

Ha, yes, this too.


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Oct 13, 2013 10:06 as a reply to  @ Keyan's post |  #9996

Shooting hs soccer match with 400 2.8. A parent with a canon camera walks behind me and says, I'm using a Canon can I borrow your lens :rolleyes:


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Oct 13, 2013 12:37 |  #9997

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Shooting hs soccer match with 400 2.8. A parent with a canon camera walks behind me and says, I'm using a Canon can I borrow your lens :rolleyes:

Unbelievable...
And what he had a rebel with 18-55 kit?


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Oct 13, 2013 12:54 |  #9998

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Unbelievable...
And what he had a rebel with 18-55 kit?

... and a $12,000 cash deposit?




  
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Oct 13, 2013 20:57 |  #9999

This was a few years ago during the reception of my cousin's wedding. They had a photo booth set up in one of the rooms and my family wanted a shot there before we went home. I wanted my own copies of the pictures so I handed over my camera (a 1000D with a 24-105, if memory serves) to the photog. After the pictures were taken, the photog hands me back my camera and apologizes for the severely underexposed pictures because the camera was in the "dark" setting. I had no idea what they meant.

When I checked the camera, the settings were the same as when I had my flash attached, despite them only using ambient lighting. Turns out they didn't know how to change aperture or shutter speed.




  
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Oct 13, 2013 21:03 |  #10000

ninjapeps wrote in post #16368681 (external link)
This was a few years ago during the reception of my cousin's wedding. They had a photo booth set up in one of the rooms and my family wanted a shot there before we went home. I wanted my own copies of the pictures so I handed over my camera (a 1000D with a 24-105, if memory serves) to the photog. After the pictures were taken, the photog hands me back my camera and apologizes for the severely underexposed pictures because the camera was in the "dark" setting. I had no idea what they meant.

When I checked the camera, the settings were the same as when I had my flash attached, despite them only using ambient lighting. Turns out they didn't know how to change aperture or shutter speed.

I never touch settings of someone else's camera! You want me to snap a shot for you then make sure the camera is ready for it! In fact, if I am working I will generally have two of my own camera's and will volunteer another bystander.




  
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Oct 13, 2013 21:17 |  #10001

With my 70-200 on my camera, "Mom, do you REALLY have to bring that lens? It's embarrassing".
Another time, I was out hiking with four men, two were fellow photographers, one had a little p&s he used for his blog, and the fourth was our guide. I had just bought my 70-200 and as we were hiking down a steep rock face, I informed these "gentlemen" that if I started to slip, I wanted them to not worry about me-but to catch my camera. They all assured me that they would-just a little too quickly as they argued the rest of the hike down over who would get my camera should anything happen to me.


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Oct 14, 2013 01:33 |  #10002

ninjapeps wrote in post #16368681 (external link)
This was a few years ago during the reception of my cousin's wedding. They had a photo booth set up in one of the rooms and my family wanted a shot there before we went home. I wanted my own copies of the pictures so I handed over my camera (a 1000D with a 24-105, if memory serves) to the photog. After the pictures were taken, the photog hands me back my camera and apologizes for the severely underexposed pictures because the camera was in the "dark" setting. I had no idea what they meant.

When I checked the camera, the settings were the same as when I had my flash attached, despite them only using ambient lighting. Turns out they didn't know how to change aperture or shutter speed.

I always dial in the settings I want before handing over a camera.


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Oct 14, 2013 03:22 |  #10003

advaitin wrote in post #16362886 (external link)
"Why are you here? Who do you work for? Why are you photographing these little girls? I don't want you taking pictures of my daughter!"

"Not to worry, your kids are too ugly to be worth photographing."

(I've never said it, but I've thought it.)


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Oct 14, 2013 06:59 |  #10004

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"Not to worry, your kids are too ugly to be worth photographing."

(I've never said it, but I've thought it.)

Maybe I have been super lucky, but everytime I have taken my daughter to the playground and brought my 70-200, I have never been accosted by over protective parents while photographing her...mind you, I am not a helicopter parent that stays within 5' of my child, so at a casual glance, unless you were watching, you would not necessarily know I was there with a child..and or which one was mine..;)


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Oct 14, 2013 07:27 |  #10005

Continues here.


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