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Permission to take photos


22 Aug 2010 8:45AM
I have a question about getting permission to take photos.
With my job I don't get much time to get out and about with my camera. So I was delighted when I woke the other day to see sunlight. Out came my camera an off I went to find flowers to practice with. Then the heavens opened

My question is simple near me there is a huge garden centre with a wide array of flowers. I wondered about taking my camera there as most are my shots would be macro. The question is how would I go about getting permission, would I need any? Wondered what thoughts. everyone else had on the issue

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ge22y e2
6 115 12 Wales
22 Aug 2010 9:00AM
Just approach the customer service desk and ask, the worst that can happen is they will say no.
User_Removed 11 455 13 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2010 9:03AM
I would say you certainly need permission. They may not be averse to the odd shot while your walking round - depends on the centre - but I would expect if you want to spend time on serious photography they might be put out.

It would certainly, anyway, be good form to ask for permission. You would be better at less busy times, and they would know when they were, or they may even allow you in during a closure time.
22 Aug 2010 10:34AM
Write to the owner/manager asking permission with a view to staging a free exhibition on their premises at some point in the future.

That'll pull in the crowds - a win/win for you both - and will probably get you better access to the flowers too.
RogBrown e2
7 3.0k 10 England
22 Aug 2010 11:22AM
Have a word with andreweverhale . I know he used to do quite a bit of that sort of thing.
thewilliam e2
6 4.9k
22 Aug 2010 2:16PM
I'd always ask if I intend to take serious pix and the answer is generally "yes". You can then concentrate fully on image-making and use a tripod.
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
22 Aug 2010 2:22PM
I'd simply ask at customer services or contact one of the management bods.

As scottishphototours has said, offer something in return. If you don't feel inclined to lay on an exhibition perhaps you could sweeten them with the offer of a few prints.

Jester.

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