Have you ever gotten arrested, a ticket, in trouble from taking photos?

4 months 2 weeks ago #645234 by Mike McKinnon
I was exploring an old factory yesterday snapping off some snots.   When I exited the building, I then noticed a 'No Trespassing' sign.  Which I missed going into the building.  I just took photos, nothing else, and I respected the place.

This just got me thinking on the drive home, if I had been caught in there, would it be a verbal warning or drag me by the ankles to the patty wagon?  

Really though, Have you been arrested, received a ticket or any sort of trouble for taking photos where you shouldn't have?  


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645237 by garyrhook

Mike McKinnon wrote: I was exploring an old factory yesterday snapping off some snots.   When I exited the building, I then noticed a 'No Trespassing' sign.  Which I missed going into the building.  I just took photos, nothing else, and I respected the place.

This just got me thinking on the drive home, if I had been caught in there, would it be a verbal warning or drag me by the ankles to the patty wagon?  

Really though, Have you been arrested, received a ticket or any sort of trouble for taking photos where you shouldn't have?  


Re: trespassing. That has nothing to do with photography, and unless it's some sort of security issue, I think most people would simply be asked to leave.

Where you shouldn't: photography isn't illegal in public, ever. It's disallowed in some places (government buildings as dictated, or by ordinance). On private property, again, it's a trespassing issue. Unless one resisted, one would not get a ticket, me thinks.

Short answer: no. I got (wrongfully) shut down a few times when I got started, and then educated myself. I know the law now. And I don't trespass, I just ask for what I want. The worst? I'm told "no".


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645241 by digitalpimp
No, I've been asked a couple times to get off train tracks.  I've been questioned what I was doing many times.  But no arrests, no trouble. 


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645248 by Scotty
in 2008ish I was taking a picture of a bridge during sunset.  There's a major powerplant south of it.  Border Patrol stopped me and put me on the no fly list for taking pictures of a possible terrorist target.  It was off within a few months.  Good times.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #645259 by GaryA
I used to shoot news ... yeah I was threatened and harassed all the time.  Not everyday, but enough where I was no longer surprised/startled.  I was arrested once. It went to trial and I was declared innocent. After the Patriot Act, things got a lot worse here.  Yet there is nothing in the Patriot Act regarding photography.  Shooting news out of the USA is a whole 'nother ballgame. You gotta follow the rules and even then it was a coin toss on harassment.

On trespassing, usually it is all about vandalism and you getting hurt on their property and suing the owner.  Typically, only repeat offenders are charged.  Some security folk will give you a bad time just because it makes them feel good .. big.  Being non-confrontational helps more than being argumentative with those type of people.      

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4 months 2 weeks ago #645261 by KevinH
I accidentaly flew a drone over a govt.  museum/building one time while taking photos on the river here in town. I was verbally reprimanded but nothing else.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645263 by Mike McKinnon

garyrhook wrote:

Mike McKinnon wrote: I was exploring an old factory yesterday snapping off some snots.   When I exited the building, I then noticed a 'No Trespassing' sign.  Which I missed going into the building.  I just took photos, nothing else, and I respected the place.

This just got me thinking on the drive home, if I had been caught in there, would it be a verbal warning or drag me by the ankles to the patty wagon?  

Really though, Have you been arrested, received a ticket or any sort of trouble for taking photos where you shouldn't have?  


Re: trespassing. That has nothing to do with photography, and unless it's some sort of security issue, I think most people would simply be asked to leave.

Where you shouldn't: photography isn't illegal in public, ever. It's disallowed in some places (government buildings as dictated, or by ordinance). On private property, again, it's a trespassing issue. Unless one resisted, one would not get a ticket, me thinks.

Short answer: no. I got (wrongfully) shut down a few times when I got started, and then educated myself. I know the law now. And I don't trespass, I just ask for what I want. The worst? I'm told "no".


Yeah, good point.  I agree.  It's just a thread to see if anyone has done anything they shouldn't have for the shot and got in trouble in process.  

When you say "Wrongfully" shut down, what happened?  

But in the case of abandoned building, who would you even ask for something like that?


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645337 by Jackson Rieger
Not knowing you couldn't fly a drone in a National Park at the time, I had gotten yelled at by a Park Ranger that drones were not allowed and for me to land it.  


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645342 by garyrhook

Mike McKinnon wrote: When you say "Wrongfully" shut down, what happened?  

But in the case of abandoned building, who would you even ask for something like that?


I was attending a free performance of a play in a city park (public property, no ordinance against photography) surrounded by people with mobile phones. The stage manager saw my camera (and the 70-200 lens) and came over to tell me I couldn't take photos.

1) No legal basis for that.
2) Wasn't concerned about every other camera there.

My wife didn't want me to "create a scene" although I would have simply informed him of my legal rights, and asked him to leave me alone. I called the theater company the next day to complain about him, and suggest they educate him on the law.

That was early on. Now I would stand my ground and explain to someone why a request like that would be wrong, and I won't comply.

As for abandoned buildings, I'm not into UrbEx, but the city would probably have jursidiction, and would say no because of liability. I think most UrbEx folks simply trespass. Even an owner is unlikely to grant access due to risk of injury.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645343 by NickSano
1. been asked to move off train tracks
2. Stop photographing someones car
3. Asked to get off property, which in my defense, I saw no posted signs

No trouble thankfully.  


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645354 by GaryA

garyrhook wrote:

Mike McKinnon wrote: When you say "Wrongfully" shut down, what happened?  

But in the case of abandoned building, who would you even ask for something like that?


I was attending a free performance of a play in a city park (public property, no ordinance against photography) surrounded by people with mobile phones. The stage manager saw my camera (and the 70-200 lens) and came over to tell me I couldn't take photos.

1) No legal basis for that.
2) Wasn't concerned about every other camera there.

My wife didn't want me to "create a scene" although I would have simply informed him of my legal rights, and asked him to leave me alone. I called the theater company the next day to complain about him, and suggest they educate him on the law.

That was early on. Now I would stand my ground and explain to someone why a request like that would be wrong, and I won't comply.

As for abandoned buildings, I'm not into UrbEx, but the city would probably have jursidiction, and would say no because of liability. I think most UrbEx folks simply trespass. Even an owner is unlikely to grant access due to risk of injury.


This reminded me of taking my family to a city owned water park.  Park employees came over and informed me I couldn't take photos with my camera.  I pointed to all the people shooting away with their cell phones and they said it was the size of my camera. I requested to speak with the supervisor but she didn't understand that legally there isn't a difference between my XT2 and a cell phone camera.  But she refused to listen and keep emphasizing my "Big" camera. Not wanting to have my day ruined by stupidity I put the camera away. 

There are photographs everywhere. It is the call of photographers to see and capture those images.
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4 months 2 weeks ago #645371 by garyrhook

GaryA wrote: This reminded me of taking my family to a city owned water park.  Park employees came over and informed me I couldn't take photos with my camera.  I pointed to all the people shooting away with their cell phones and they said it was the size of my camera. I requested to speak with the supervisor but she didn't understand that legally there isn't a difference between my XT2 and a cell phone camera.  But she refused to listen and keep emphasizing my "Big" camera. Not wanting to have my day ruined by stupidity I put the camera away. 


Unfortunately, they could probably ask you to leave for any reason, valid or not, so best to chalk it up to ignorance and let it go. Just another example of the failure of our educational system and citizenry to teach critical thinking skills.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #645381 by GaryA

garyrhook wrote:

GaryA wrote: This reminded me of taking my family to a city owned water park.  Park employees came over and informed me I couldn't take photos with my camera.  I pointed to all the people shooting away with their cell phones and they said it was the size of my camera. I requested to speak with the supervisor but she didn't understand that legally there isn't a difference between my XT2 and a cell phone camera.  But she refused to listen and keep emphasizing my "Big" camera. Not wanting to have my day ruined by stupidity I put the camera away. 


Unfortunately, they could probably ask you to leave for any reason, valid or not, so best to chalk it up to ignorance and let it go. Just another example of the failure of our educational system and citizenry to teach critical thinking skills.


Or any thinking skills.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #645396 by Stanly
Knock on wood, no.  

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4 months 2 weeks ago #645519 by Carry
Thankfully NO!


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