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Visiting the UK - Photography Etiquetes

devlin 7 653 39 India
24 Sep 2011 7:46AM
Hi All,

I will be visiting the UK next week on business, and hope to get around with my camera for some time Smile is there anything from a Photography related etiquette i need to keep in mind ? I will be visiting the Leeds and Cardiff areas....

Any inputs will be appreciated Smile



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thewilliam 9 6.1k
24 Sep 2011 10:11AM
Beware of police officers, PCSOs and security guards with an obsessive belief that anyone wielding a camera is a terrorist. Folks with white skin risk harrassment but those of a darker hue risk arrest and worse.

You'll find the civilians very welcoming and tolerant. Enjoy your trip!
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2011 11:15AM
Though it's not illegal to take pictures of people in the streets you can't just go snapping away without risking some objections. A lot of people don't like it, you just need to use common sense and not invade people's personal space.
24 Sep 2011 11:37AM

Quote:Beware of police officers, PCSOs and security guards with an obsessive belief that anyone wielding a camera is a terrorist. Folks with white skin risk harrassment but those of a darker hue risk arrest and worse.

Totally b******s - what a thing to say to a visitor to this country William. There are incidents but they are very few and very far between. I've never ever been challenged anywhere and I've been to most of the big cities in the UK, photographed Army camps, Government buildings and all manner of other places.

As Chris says, use common sense, be discrete and you'll have no issues
Andy_Cundell 7 1.1k 5 England
24 Sep 2011 12:29PM

Hope you have a great time in the UK. I would say, unless there are signs up saying 'Dont take photo's', snap away until your hearts content!

devlin 7 653 39 India
24 Sep 2011 2:51PM
Thanks for the inputs guys, appreciate all the advice, really looking forward to the trip since its one Country ive never been to before...hopefully ill get some good shots to remember it by Smile

User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
24 Sep 2011 3:04PM

Quote:Beware of police officers, PCSOs and security guards with an obsessive belief that anyone wielding a camera is a terrorist. Folks with white skin risk harrassment but those of a darker hue risk arrest and worse.

Did you know the OP was Indian when you wrote that offensive garbage, William?

All I can add to what has already been written is to suggest that when you come to the UK, be sure to visit Scotland. We have no racial harassment of overseas visitors by police officers.

I have only once been questioned by the police while taking photographs - while taking pictures of the giant petrochemical plant at Grangemouth late at night. Even when photographing such a sensitive installation, the police were cheery, courteous guys, just doing their job in a friendly and non-officious manner. And no suggestions, after they had checked I was who a said I was, that I should stop taking photographs.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
24 Sep 2011 3:11PM
Prabh, you might like to take a look at this guide on UK photographers' rights - if you have not already done so.

Ignore the rubbish written by William.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2011 3:40PM
I visit Cardiff City centre several times a month with the sole purpose of taking pictures and I've been doing it for decades. I've never had a problem!


ps. Plenty to see in the city centre and don't go without a visit to Cardiff bay & barrage.
devlin 7 653 39 India
24 Sep 2011 5:01PM
Thanks Guys Smile appreciate all the inputs...Smile
thewilliam 9 6.1k
24 Sep 2011 5:49PM
Several very good friends have suffered unfortunate experiences at the hands of the police, we've all seen news reports and several government commissions have concluded that the police are institutionally racist.

How can a warning be offensive
I've also seen reports that a clown has been seen advertising a fast food restaurant but that don't make them circuses.

Your comments are totally unjustified in relation to the the OP's questions. A few isolated incidents doesn't make it a common event or 'the norm' does it - use a bit of common sense William. Making statements like that is just as bad as saying that all photographers are child molesters etc. You wouldn't stand for that so why make vague and inaccurate generalisations as you have?
peterjones Plus
16 4.7k 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2011 7:02PM
when visiting the UK and photograph on public land e.g.pavements you will rarely encounter a problem; occasionally the police may enquire after your conduct and the vast majority will be satisfied with a courteous answer.

Where you might just encounter problems is on private ground such as museums, art galleries, public parks and the like; some owners exercise their rights and forbid photography; others are quite amenable and other more enlightened souls positively encourage it as they realise they may be receiving free publicity; museums are usually OK whereas many art galleries recoil in horror at the thought of you photographing their displays.

Churches and cathedrals are OK, the latter may charge you for using a tripod, I have no problems with such a charge as it normally goes towards the upkeep.

Legally people are fair game on public land however some of course may indeed object but as many others positively enjoy their pictures being taken.

Be aware that the UK public are highly paranoid, believe what they read in the press, everybody toting a camera is a potential paedophile, leave the children alone.

Use your head, be street wise, depend on your instincts and at least in my personal experience you will rarely encounter problems.
devlin 7 653 39 India
18 Nov 2011 2:59PM
Guys thanks for all the feedback again...i had a fantastic trip the countryside was beautiful and all the folks i met and interacted with were extremely helpful , patient and friendly....Scotland was especially lovely in terms of the scenery Smile Iam off to Cape Town South Africa next week now and iam hoping it'll be another good trip Smile


mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2011 3:32PM
It's great to ehar you enjoyed yourself, Devlin. Will you be posting a few images? It can be interesting to see how a visitor views this land of ours.

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