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The Police and the law on photography in the UK


frenchie44 13 342 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2019 12:05PM
I have never been asked by the law to stop taking photographs, but lots of people have been told to stop photography, even though they are on public pavement etc.
I have looked for hours to see if there is a small book the size to fit in a pocket or wallet, I have not seen anything like it.
I think it only has to cover the photographers rights. 10 x 8cm plastic or card. about 2 cards with the info on the 4 pages,
If ePHOTOzine made this available for a price it would stop the police harassing people because they have a camera.

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27 Dec 2019 12:23PM
Here you go - good old Amateur Photographer produced this .
saltireblue Plus
9 10.1k 45 Norway
27 Dec 2019 12:57PM

Quote:Here you go - good old Amateur Photographer produced this .

The Download link on that page didn't work - "Access Denied"
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2019 1:05PM

Quote:
Quote:Here you go - good old Amateur Photographer produced this .

The Download link on that page didn't work - "Access Denied"



Strange that as it works for me.

Ken.
Tianshi_angie 5 2.7k England
27 Dec 2019 1:11PM
It no longer seems to be available to download. Prt Scr and then reproducing it does not give a very clear image but probably be OK for a bit.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2019 1:23PM
I did download a copy several years ago and it's in one of my camera bags and as yet, I've never needed to show it to anyone.
The only time I've been asked to stop taking photo's is when I was in a large shopping centre as I was informed by a couple of security people that although it's open to the public it's not a public place. They didn't ask me to delete any images though.
Chris_L 6 5.4k United Kingdom
27 Dec 2019 1:34PM




Foldable one I uploaded a couple of weeks ago
Carabosse 16 41.4k 270 England
27 Dec 2019 4:32PM

Quote: stop the police harassing people because they have a camera


Get a decent smartphone, preferably with optical zoom, and nobody will ever bother you!

The police would probably even pose with you for a selfie!Tongue


Quote: If ePHOTOzine made this available


This is actually a good idea. Something on a plastic card with the EPZ logo, might carry a bit more weight than a bit of paper printed off the web.




RoyChilds 12 107 England
27 Dec 2019 5:29PM
Stick to your guns and keep taking photos it is not illegal in a public place
Dave_Canon Plus
13 1.6k United Kingdom
27 Dec 2019 7:33PM
The main thing is to know where you are and whether there is any restriction. There are places where commercial photography is not permitted without a licence. I carry an international identity card which indicates that I am an amateur. I have produced it on at least two occasions when I have then been able to continue photographing. I have never been challenged by the police and have even asked a policeman to pose which he did. Occasionally, I have been challenged by a private security guard and have known that the area was private so politely agree to stop taking photographs. In such cases, I know this is likely to happen so I carefully plan what I want to take so I can do so quickly before they get to me. For some private places they will issue a pass to an amateur if you apply in advance and provide identification. This has worked really well for me (Birmingham Library and Birmingham Grand Central both very photogenic).

Dave
28 Dec 2019 8:38AM
Apologies for the failed link. There is a much longer (lawyer written) guide to rights in the UK here which may be of interest. Also another AP article specifically on street photography here .
Big Bri 18 16.5k United Kingdom
28 Dec 2019 9:32AM

Quote:
Quote:Here you go - good old Amateur Photographer produced this .

The Download link on that page didn't work - "Access Denied"



I downloaded it a while back. I've put it on Google Drive for you - see if you can get it with the following link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LIUowlTtvdtvlm51clfk4BJNKlTGU9Zc/view?usp=sharing
lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
28 Dec 2019 7:21PM

Quote: There are places where commercial photography is not permitted without a licence. I carry an international identity card which indicates that I am an amateur.
Sounds a must have for any professional Wink
JackAllTog Plus
10 5.8k 58 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2019 10:52PM
A polite first response is usually sufficient.
Sometimes buildings own pavements too and don't permit photography, usually metal studs in the pavement show these boundaries.
Over zealous poorly trained security guards seem to be the worst.
lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
29 Dec 2019 11:45AM
You can photograph anything you like if it is visible from public property, including anything on private property.

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