shooting in public

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  1. oceanbeast

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    is it ok to shoot out in public? like a photo shoot do i need a permit? if i have a couple of strobes will i be harassed? where can i look up this information.

    the reason i ask is because i live in miami, and my cousin asked me to shoot him at and around miami beach, not on the sand per say but in the streets. there are alot of interesting places to shoot out there but i am not sure if i am allowed to shoot there. any help would be appreciated
     
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    I say contact the local law enforcement as well. No matter what we tell you, or show you, their word is what matters. Good luck!
     
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    I also second this. If you're ever in doubt, calling the local police and asking first is always a good choice.
     
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    I went and edited an "as well" in there after you posted. I didn't realize we were posting at the same time. :lol: Good info there, Alex!
     
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    Likewise :lol:
     
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    i guess i could try to call just in case, but that seems like a big hassle. i once asked a person at a hospital's help desk if it was okay to photograph the architecture. she said yes as long as i didn't shoot people. well, i ended up being escorted out by security who told me i had to get a special permission from the hospital's HR department, which of course i didn't have or know about despite having asked the help desk about it.

    i might just have to move the shoot somewhere else i suppose.
     
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    It'll only take a few minutes to call em!
     
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    I'm betting it's cool. Tourism is the bread and butter down here. Seems like everyone had a camera last time I was up there.
     
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    security guards? then these people must be employed by the company(ies) right there in the premises so you need to ask permission from them (the corporate offices).

    if it's a public area, i just don't see any reason for a permit. tourists don't need a permit. why would locals need one?

    private properties, yes!

    good luck....
     
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    the strobes may be the issue,

    i have been asked to leave several places including a cemetary because of a tripod. It was fine to use the camera, but not the tripod. Tripod equals commerical use for many people, just as strobes might.
     
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    I agree with this. When I have my tripod, people automatically think I am a pro, especially if I have my large glass on.


    In my time taking shots, I have been stopped more times then I remember. Some who stopped me had no right to, but that did not stop them. A few times by the police, once taken off the street by them...almost had my camera confiscated. Some buildings are off limits for shooting, so calling the police and telling them where/what you intend to shoot really helps.
    I was taking pictures of a dam last week. The DEC was there, I went right up to them and asked for permission. They wanted to know who I was and what the pictures were for. They gave me permission to take shots from all locations, including the road on top of the dam, which has been closed for years.
    One time a lady sent her dog after me. In one of the shots, you can see the dog coming at me. I made it into my car as the dog bumped into the closing door.
    Be careful and polite, it may help you to get into places that others cannot get into.
     

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