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How to get permission to take portrait photos around abandoned places.

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iKokomo 5 9
10 Feb 2020 11:24PM
I have seen some very compelling portraits that were taken in abandoned places. My question for the forums was how I can get permission to take photos outside of these places. I live near a bunch of small towns and there are some nice old, abandoned houses I would love to use as a backdrop for some portraits.

I do not need to go inside the house, but I would like to use the side of the house as a backdrop.

I was just wondering how I could find out who owns the property and secure permission to photograph there?

Thanks a lot!
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User_Removed 20 44.5k 270 England
11 Feb 2020 1:03AM
I guess the Land Registry would be the place to delve into ownership, but it could be a hard and possibly fruitless exercise.

Frankly I would just go and take photos. If the owner shows up and asks you to leave, just comply with the request.

I doubt anyone would be in the slightest concerned, in reality.

Oh and carry a clipboard and look as officious as possible. In my personal experience that works wonders. A high-vis vest or jacket will also assist!Wink
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.8k 92 Norway
11 Feb 2020 7:42AM

Quote:A high-vis vest or jacket will also assist!

I had one made with the word 'PHOTO' front and back...

As CB says, if you are not looking at entering the premises, just using as a backdrop,then go for it - I can't see any problems with that.
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chase Plus
18 2.6k 684 England
11 Feb 2020 7:01PM
Unless there is a big sign at the front of the property that says' trespassers will be shot' or 'private property, keep out' or similar, then I don't see why you shouldn't just do it.
Going inside the property is a different matter.
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JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2020 11:00AM
Taking them for personal use or small competitions may be OK. Though trying to sell them later without a property release form may be harder.


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