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Yet again I have had the unfortunate experience of being mistaken for a professional photographer due to using a tripod. Today at Lichfield Cathedral I was accosted by a rather rude lady whose opening line was "Seeing as you are a professional photographer, have you paid " ? I explained very politely that A. I am not a professional photographer and that B. whether it be a Church, Chapel or Cathedral I always leave a donation. Not good enough for dragonlady. "As you are using a tripod, you must be a professional and this will incur the appropriate charges".
Politely, I explained that even lowly amateurs like myself try to do things correctly and will on occasion use tripods, indeed, 99% of all my photographs involve the use of a tripod. Having very nearly finished I made my donation and left. Next port of call on the way home was Sudbury Hall. Glorious sunshine bathing the exquisite brickwork, focussed, cable release in hand........................."I say, are you a professional" ? came the haughty tones from over yonder. "No madam, but I am a fully paid up member of the National Trust and as such wish to be left in peace to continue with my self funding, non profit making hobby !"
Anyone else familiar with this ?
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People eh, cheek of em!!! Why can't the wonderful "landscape" come without it's population???
Thanks for posting - made me chuckle.
I normally ask if I can use a tripod and in doing so I have the opportunity to explain that I am an amateur. I have also previously asked permission, via e-mail, to places where tripods are forbidden and received polite responses granting me permission.
EDIT: Where I know I am wrong and have not asked permission I have picked up flack eg London underground
Quote: "Seeing as you are a professional photographer, have you paid "
"Seeing as you are a complete idiot madam - have you been committed?"
Normally works for me...
I was in Lichfield Cathedral the other day with DaveU & we had no problems whatever.
I would carry a few of my photos around with me, they'd soon be convinced I'm not a professional after I'd whipped those out.
Or say "A tripod? what's a tripod? Oh so that's what it's called!"
Quote: "A tripod? what's a tripod? Oh so that's what it's called!"
LOL must remember that one
I've only really had problems like this at fairs and markets, and in the Victoria Quarter, oh, and at the Lowry and GMEX, errr, and Trafalgar Square too.
A quick flash of my HBOS ID card usually gets rid of them.
Not really done many church interiors, and never got one that I'm really happy with yet
Probably Dragonlady's day off Rog. Actually, it is the first time I have been asked at Lichfield and I've been a fair few times. Normally I get interested members of the clergy chatting to me and on more than one occasion I have provided photographic material free of charge to use how they consider best. The National Trust varies in attitude, they do not allow photography inside their properties, however, there is no official restriction outside (no need to ask Strobe). It all depends of what scale of jobsworth you encounter on the day I suppose and to be fair this is only the third time for me after photographing their properties for over 30 yrs.
The tripod spotters are everywhere, but thge National Trust does seem to have a fair share
I was accosted while entering Winkworth Arboretum, with my tripod over my shoulder. In a very loud voice I was told I could not 'come in here with that and take photographs'. I asked how many cameras the lady had forbidden that day, but she insisted on repeating her mantra about not being allowed to take photographs.
I then asked her in an equally loud voice how she thought I was going to take photographs with a telescope!!! I was there to watch the kingfishers on the lake.
It is especially annoying as the NT web site actually invites visitors, who intend to nature watch to take binoculars, telescopes and cameras. It's a real shame the staff are not informed.
Or use a professional's beanbag, like 'The Delux' and cut the hassle.
Here in Greece tripods need a spacial paid license in museums and the like. The 2 legged beanbag does the job and cuts the lugging inconvenience too
wait since when did beanbags have legs??
Quote: It is especially annoying as the NT web site actually invites visitors, who intend to nature watch to take binoculars, telescopes and cameras.
I understand the NT love photographers, cos then they'll take 50% of any takings you get on the images...
just the ones with GM beans can walk
If bean bags have legs, does that mean they were once alive????
Poor likkle bean bags, being slaughtered for the selfish desires of photographers, what a waste of life
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