Information on photography

Information on photography

Postby kevin » Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:34 am

Info on photography

1. It is not ever illegal to take pictures in a public place in the UK, irrespective of what is going on.
2. Children have no more right to privacy than an adult does when in a public place.
3. Any member of the public has no powers to demand ID from anyone under any circumstances.
4. Forcible deletion or removal of images or destruction of film from your camera is an assault.
5. Detaining you and taking your camera would constitute an unlawful imprisonment or theft and both would include an assault.
6. Even child protection officers (CPO's) have no right to stop you or demand ID

Street shots
If you're on a public right of way - such as a public pavement, footpath or public highway - you're free to take photographs for personal and commercial use so long as you're not causing an obstruction to other users or falling foul of anti-Terrorism laws or even the Official Secrets Act (frankly, this one is unlikely).

People and Privacy
UK laws are fairly vague when it comes to defining what constitutes an invasion of privacy, but while street shots should cause no problem, you might get in hot water if you're strapping on colossal telephoto lens and zooming in on folks stripping off in their bathrooms - even if you are snapping from a public place.

The key seems to be whether the subject would have a reasonable expectation of privacy - a statement that seems vague enough to keep a team of lawyers gainfully employed for some time.

Photographing children

There are no laws against taking photos of children,

Deleting images
Security guards do not have stop and search powers or the right to seize your equipment or delete images or confiscate film under any circumstances. In some circumstances, the police may grab your film or memory cards but they are still not authorised to delete any images. After all, if you've committed an offence the images would act as evidence, and if you haven't broken the law, the images are innocent.

There is no legal restriction on photography in public places, and there is no presumption of privacy for individuals in a public place.
MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband

Re: Information on photography

Postby gepisar » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:04 pm

I used to do a bit of the old clicky-clicky, and a very good site is On there was a story of a chap who used to like to photograph buildings. And although he knew his rights, he would carry a self-made "official" looking badge that had his photo on, laminated, and headed on the badge was titles "PHOTOGRAPHIC PERMISSIONS" and written below was the phrase "I hereby have sought permission to photograph here".

More often that not, the laugh it generated got through the nonsense bureaucratic to the human being and he was left to his merry ways...
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend upon the permission of another.
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Re: Information on photography

Postby kevin » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:13 pm

Today in the guardian we have a story titled: Photography is our right, our freedom

The abuse of section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is infringing on the freedom of photographers – it has to stop

Re: Information on photography

Postby huntingross » Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:01 pm

This area of control does seem to be stirring the photographers who (I guess) are mainly freelance and therefore less in the pocket of the might be a useful wakening call.
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