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Outside Concert

Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
19 Feb 2009 8:49PM
Hi folks

Im looking for a little advice.

My dad has ever so kindly bought us 2 tickets to go and see Katherine Jenkins in concert in Delamere forest in June.

I have read the T and C's, it clearly says no Professional photography or audio visual equipment allowed. I understand and respect that.

But, how can I get some good pictures, for my own personal enjoyment, not for any commercial uses, with my digital SLR?

Am I best to write to them and explain the situation, and that I want to bring my SLR with no commercial intentions?

I could take the battery grip off the camera, and put a small lens on, making it look less "professional".

Am I better to get a decent compact for the concert?

Any other ideas? I really want to come away with some good images, its a great chance to shoot some good stuff.

Thank you in advance.


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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 9:50PM
Hi Anthony - hows life in New Brighton?

I went to see Paul Weller a year or two ago at the same venue. Loads of folk there with point and shoots, but as soon as I got my SLR out of my bag I was visited by the security. I had to promise to put it away or face having it taken. I felt angry at the time, but I would not try the same thing again without seeking permission before hand. I did note that there was an official tog there.

Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
19 Feb 2009 10:19PM
cheers Adam, thats kind of what I was afraid of. I have plenty of time to work something out, lol


p.s. New Brighton is good thanks, just needs to warm up a little Smile

Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
19 Feb 2009 10:44PM
Yeah, it's ludicrous isn't it.

We lug some heavy gear around and get jumped on, while the compact brigade have 12x or 18x zoom bridge cameras that can reveal the spots on her chin from a mile away {or thereabouts}.

There ain't no justice... all those jobsworths.
Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
19 Feb 2009 11:10PM
Anyone got a good compact with a good zoom range I can borrow in June? Smile

john64 Plus
13 824 England
20 Feb 2009 8:37AM
Hi Anthony. Since you've got plenty of time, try dropping a note/e-mail to the organisers promoting the concert, outlining the fact that you're not doing it for commercial gain. If you get something back giving you permission, you can print it out and wave it in the face of anyone attempting to stop you taking pictures. I've managed to do this a couple of times.

Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
20 Feb 2009 8:43AM
Hi John

I was drafting an email last night, right along those lines. I will probably send it in the next few days, give the thread a wee bit longer to run and see if anyone has any other ideas.

Cheers for the input.

digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 8:43AM
I'd second that. The main reason they prevent people taking photos with what look to be pro cameras is that they are concerned about merchandising. Write to them, if they say no you haven't lost anything and you can still resort to a point and shoot.

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 9:15AM
Let us know how you get on Anthony.

Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
20 Feb 2009 10:21AM
will do, thanks Ian and Adam.

Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
24 Feb 2009 6:37PM
Hi guys

An update, I emailed the venue and asked if I can take my SLR with a basic lens, and if they had any objections. The reply is, er... interesting, if a little confusing.

Any want to translate this? lol



Forestry Commission policy stresses professional cameras are prohibited, as you are aware. Although you state that that your photographs are for personal use only

I cannot guarantee that your cameras will not be temporarily confiscated by security on the night. This is based on the description given.


Geoffphoto 12 13.5k United Kingdom
24 Feb 2009 6:41PM
I'd take it as a No then ! Smile
conrad 13 10.9k 116
24 Feb 2009 6:44PM

Quote:Any want to translate this

"We would be willing to grant your request, but we have no control whatsoever over our security personnel and they will regard every camera bigger than a camera phone as professional equipment and confiscate it."
User_Removed 9 694 3 Scotland
24 Feb 2009 6:50PM
Not really worth the risk and I think investing in a capable compact or bridge camera would be your best bet. I have to say I am on the side of the organisers. Imagine if you were shooting a wedding and another photographer turned up with "all the gear" and offered pics to all his mates in the wedding party. I'd be pretty miffed.

No matter what your guarantee is to them that they will only be for personal use, a cracking shot published on here and a subsequent sale might just be too tempting !.
Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
24 Feb 2009 6:50PM
cool, thanks Geoff, and thanks Conrad, quite appropriate lol


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