Its getting pretty old being questioned/accused ect about my actions while holding a pro style DSLR with a big lens.
Last weekend I am at a Dance Comp shooting for our team as I have done for the last 3 years. I have permission from the Dance Comp Organizer,and the team owner that non flash photography is allowed. Not only for Pros but the public in general such as Moms and Dads ect.. I am about three dances in when a rent a cop type security officer working for the venue (not the organizer) sits down next to me (and my wife by the way) and states " excuse me ! You are not supposed to be taking photographs. Are you with this group?" me: " Yes I do have permission to shoot today and what group are you refering too" sec:"This group"
as he points to the Judges in front of me. me: I am not a part of the company putting on the this dance comp however I do have an email conversation with the director of this comp that states photography is allowed at this venue, Would you like to see it?" sec: no.... Ok ! He leaves. During a break I ask a employye of the dance comp if they had an issue with people taking photos of the dance comp. They assured me it was allowed and they never directed any one from the security team otherwise. Later I find out from another Dad of a dancer that the same sec officer was going up to anyone who had a full size DLSR with a big lens and telling them they could not shoot photographs. meanwhile never questioning the other people where video taping and taking picks with their phones, Ipads and compact cameras. Seriously WTF! I guess its now a crime to hold a DSLR with a 200mm lens and take a picture.