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Photographic Restrictions in the USA

User_Removed 12 271 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 8:21PM

I'm sorry if this has been a topic elsewhere, but I'm off to the US in January & I'm wanting to take shots of cities such as New York, Washington DC, & Boston. I'm trying to find out if there are any general restrictions on photographing in these cities, etc. Especially since the 9/11 atrocities. My interest is primarily architecture & general cityscapes.

Can anyone advise me if there are or anywhere where I can get infomation of such (if any) restrictions.

Thanks in advance.


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Big Bri 14 15.9k United Kingdom
20 Oct 2006 9:00PM
Only place I've ever been stopped was in Federal Plaza, NY, where photography is banned. That was pre 9/11. I've been back to NY since and not had any problems anywhere else.
cambirder 11 7.2k England
20 Oct 2006 9:45PM
Never had a problem in San Francisco last summer.
kaybee 11 4.5k 25 Scotland
20 Oct 2006 10:11PM
Never had problems in Washington, Boston or San Fransisco
Nike55 9 956 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2006 1:34AM
Not in your area but I didn't have any problems in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Sacremento.

Thought they'd be a bit sniffy at the Hoover Dam, but they were more suspicious of people walking around not taking snaps. (Vehicles were being visually checked on the way in - those that normally wear a berka or jellaba could expect some delays)

If you are stopped for any reason I suggest you stand with your hands flat on the car roof, legs spread apart and don't reach for the compact camera in your waist band.

Joking apart, the only time you may incur interest is if you linger near any government/military establishments not on the tourist trail too long. (Groom Lake, White Sands, China Lake etc..)

Have a great trip!
billma 12 119 United States
21 Oct 2006 2:23AM
Last Year we were taking reflection shots in a building next to the Federal Building in Salt Lake City and a guard came out across the street to see what we were doing. He said that we could not take pictures of the Federal building. I guess Timothy McVey had actually condidered this building prior to selecting the Oklahoma City Federal Building.
Perdiccas 9 90 Holy See (Vatican City State)
21 Oct 2006 6:22AM
Krages:The Photographer’s Right

This might be useful just so you are aware of your legal rights when in the US. Of course having federal, state and county laws and more law enforcement agencies than you can shake a stick at it might not cover all eventualities! Useful nonetheless. LOL!

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