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« on: November 19, 2006, 04:56 »
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I was considering shooting some pictures in a local supermarket, and I was wondering if I should ask permission of the manager beforehand, or just take my chances and take the pictures and see what happens.

Has anyone else come up against this dilemma?  :-\

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

Sue


« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2006, 05:16 »
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I think you will be stopped within three minutes :)

You are only allowed to shoot photos in public areas.  Grocery stores, and department stores belong to the store, so they can set the rules.  They generally get pretty ansy when people start snapping shots of every corner.  I have also heard of people getting in trouble in the walmart parking lot.

so yes, i would ask the management :)

« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2006, 12:17 »
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And what are the rules about hotels?  Not about asking permission to photograph (as photographing in a hotel is a natural thing, unlike in a supermarket), but what about the need for a property release?

Of course, something very recognizable, like a faade or some special swimming pool would be not acceptable.  What about a conference room?  Or people drinking by the pool? 

I'm going to a hotel for a conference this week and was wondering about this.

I also have a series of photos that I took in the elegant restrooms of a very posh hotel and I'm in doubt whether I can sell those without a property release.

« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2006, 12:54 »
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well if they caught you taking photos they might get ansy, but once you have the photos, i am not sure a hotel room, or a bathroom is unique enough to warrent needing a release.  I doubt a hotel has copyrighted it's hotel room layout :).

so in short, i am not sure of the 'rules' but i don't think you would run into problems.  Just don't come running to me if you DO run into problems :)

dbvirago

« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2006, 13:36 »
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I have walked into stores many with my camera. While in there, I have snapped off a shot or two without being questioned. I think it's different walking around a store with a camera hanging from your shoulder and walking around a store actively taking photographs. Once the employees have noticed and dismissed the camera, I haven't had a problem taking some shots. Don't be obvious about it and have an answer ready, "I'm decorating my whatever and want to take some pictures of whatever so I can look when whenever."

A grocery store might be trickier, but the grocery section of a super Walmart or Target would be less so.

Also have a few hotel rooms in my portfolios that have sold.

I have only been stopped twice. Once from the top deck of a mall parking lot trying to shoot a subway train coming into a station (got the shot later anyway) and once getting closeups of a building I have shot and sold many times. "We don't allow photography of this building since 9/11." "Oh, really?" "Yeah, if that was a digital camera, I'd ask you to delete the file, but since I can tell it's not digital, I'll just ask you to leave." "okee-dokee"

Aquilegia

« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2006, 04:17 »
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I have found the local Asda (Walmart) very cooperative when I asked permission to photograph their fish displays for a photography competition. They were very helpful, keeping customers away for a few minutes. I would not try taking pictures without asking first though.

« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2006, 06:33 »
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I attended a conference one time as the "official" photographer.  During breaks I wandered around and took some shots that were fairly generic.  The staff never questioned me except when I was doing a close-up of a fire alarm pull box.  The shots I got of the food table laid out with warming dishes, etc before the luncheon started have sold.  As a hotel guest I've often taken pictures of the lobby, etc if they are interesting, to show my family when I get home.  I've never been questioned while doing so.
Judy

« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2006, 11:39 »
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I was considering shooting some pictures in a local supermarket, and I was wondering if I should ask permission of the manager beforehand, or just take my chances and take the pictures and see what happens.

Has anyone else come up against this dilemma?  :-\

Any advice would be helpful.  Thanks.

Sue

If you're not sure, just talk to the manager - when he/she is not busy.  Offer to make a copy on CD of any images that turn out well.


 

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