I was wandering around the core a couple of weeks ago. I was killing time before an appointment and wanted to take some pictures of the Flames flag hanging from the rafters — this statement tells you how long ago this was. I got out my camera and was getting set when a security guard accosted me. I was in fact not allowed to take a picture using a professional quality camera. I told him my camera isn’t considered professional quality — in my books DSLR or mirrorless with a 25mp sensor. He then told me that their measure was the presence of a built in flash — this would include any smart phone if you want to go there.
I tried my hardest to be nice to this man who was just enforcing a dumb policy but then that former debater annoyed about being told I couldn’t take a photograph in a public private space took over and I started disagreeing with him.
Having a built in flash is a stupid measure. I have no idea whether that’s officially policy or what he was telling me to get me to stop taking pictures. I was unimpressed and the policy I was being fed was clearly crafted by someone who doesn’t have a clue how photography works. In the end I was informed that I could take a selfie with the flag but everything else was off limits. My are you for real face ran wild and I did snap a shot or the flag knowing it wouldn’t be around long anyways.
This is not the first time I’ve argued with someone over a camera policy crafted with no understanding of photography or cameras but it certainly stands out on account of the whole but you can take a selfie thing.
There is nothing nicer than going to an event or reading a website where they clearly did their research or hired an actual photographer to help write the policy. Those policies are clear and specific and relevant. They give photographers information they need to decide what they can and can’t do or can and can’t bring. Please dear businesses, venues, public private spaces and events of the world hire a photographer to help you with your policy. Otherwise we’ll end up judging, arguing and making faces.
In other news I am more than happy to help you draft a camera policy that relates to camera technology and photography in the current world. I would love to hear from you.