Photography and the law – know your rights

Photography and the law - know your rights

Find out what you can and can’t take photos of in the UK in this exclusive Practical Photography guide. Watch Tim take to the streets of London to see how people react to photographers, and get the official lowdown from Inspector Malcolm Graham from the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

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    Steven Yates August 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I've been an avid photographer for many years now and I've seen the changes in people when they see someone taking photos; I was out one day last winter carrying my old canon A1 (film camera) I passed two young lads around 13/14yrs old and once they'd got a fair distance from me, they shouted "Fuckin Pedo, Kiddie feeler" just for carrying a camera!? In the 70's and 80's I took lots of photos of kids playing on swings, roundabouts and so forth and the parents even asked if they could have some prints, to which I always obliged, it was never even thought of as being something sinister, but today people are brainwashed and paranoid, which to me at least has taken the magic out of photography. There's an innocense and raw truth in the faces of young kids as they explore the world, after all, we were all kids once.

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    Callum B August 23, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I took a picture near the american embassy in phnom penh, cambodia and 5 minutes later i was surrounded by police and they demanded i delete all my photos on my SD card

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    Fabian Hansen August 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Law is different in different countries :)

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    Epicminer64 August 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Go to America you have the right to film anyone and anything on public property

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    Yelena Richy (ACTiveLifeLOveR) August 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

    …scary OFFICE ;))))) GREAT JOB GUYS!
    This video reminds me where I was stopped outside of Westfield Stratford, Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square etc.

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    Jhora Sangha August 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

    You could of asked the policemen if the law for photography and video filming are the same? Give me a job.

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    KhanXxM-P-P August 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

    If you do this in america, there''s a higher chance of you getting shot by a redneck

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    Live Life August 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I became a bit of a "photo activist" after the 2008-10 period when section 44 was in place. I was incensed that my hobby was under attack and I, as a photographer, could be considered a terrorist. I've had police tell me I couldn't take photos of mundane things like the front of the town hall and also of police in the normal performance of their duties in a public space (the last time at the Queens Jubilee parade). I stand my ground if ever I am stopped (not being a dick just being firm), explain that I'm taking photos in public and that I take photos as a hobby. I say nothing more. It was once implied by one copper than my camera "may be stolen" and could detain me under PACE (there was no suspicion at all). For years now I've carried with me some supporting documentation. Firstly, a redacted receipt for my camera (which I bought from Amazon) with my personal details removed. Secondly, the old ACPO memo from 2010 from the chief of police reminding them of what they can't do. Also a copy of the security guard manual "Photography and Hostile Reconnaissance – A guide for BSIA members". A copy of relevant sections from PACE and almost always if I'm filming in a city or busy place, I have a chest mounted GoPro that films my entire activity while I'm out taking photos. This way I can't ever be accused of doing something I didn't. It may seem a bit paranoid but I won't give them an inch. I refuse to live in a police state.

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    army of crowes August 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I do what I want, when I want. job done. no one including the police has any right or authority over me or my body, or the things I choose to do with my life or my body respectively. folk like me are considered crazy, or lacking in morals etc because we choose to ask questions, and to go against the grain of society. where as in reality it's the majority who are crazy, because they abide by laws past present and future, and they live their lives the way in which they are dictated to via the authoritarianism which happens to dictate in their particular state or country etc.
    I choose to do as I please, and that will never change. I don't even stand under common law. I stand under my morals, I stand under my ethics, I stand under my own laws and decisions. I do what I have to do to get by with driving a car, and paying tax on wages, but that's it. and I and my kind only do that because it's forced on you by the state, and point blanc hinders you in your daily life and movement forward. I know the law also, and after studying for several years at university and as a personal interest in my own spare time, I am fully aware of what these bullshit laws state and dictate. I however am my own person, and I love doing exactly what I want and living how i please right under such conformity. knowing I'm doing exactly what I want whether it be considered legal or illegal, whilst the rest of ya bow down and bend over and take it up the arse by this right wing corrupt corporate landscape is exceedingly satisfying and extremely liberating. lol

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    YoItsEmo August 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Be a professional and carry business cards that show where you share your images. Don't be a dick to minimum wage employees who are going to get yelled at if regardless if what you're doing is "legal" or not.

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    grahame belton August 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Just wondering. Why do you need a tripod? Most street photographers just use a camera.

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    Daelpix Photos August 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Great video. I've had a Rebel (EOS 450D) for quite some years now and I do wish I could upgrade to a full frame, but being out of work for 3 years kinda sucks.

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    Riyo Das August 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I started in August 2014 and I wish some I would be improving like you.. And you're one of my inspiration thanks yea :)

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    Owen Fernaldi August 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    she looks like jeana smith

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    Beansie August 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    What editor do you use?

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    EMPANADA GAMING August 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    People have different ways of learning…

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    rlhgirl84 August 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    It's August 2016 and I'm starting too. I hope to get as good as you! Thank you for sharing.

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    Summer Carter August 23, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

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    creamsour chips August 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Which brand dslr do you recommend now, honestly? I am going to buy my first camera and don't know which one to! plz help me out here🙊

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    Duno Mars August 23, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    you know whaaaat??? i bought a caanon750D two months ago. in had no knowledge on photography or what so ever. i still have no idea what the different settings do on my camera. i have been so studying ND TEACHING MYSELF AND I AM IMPROVING. the only problem is that i have been comparing myself and i have been leaning on peoples opinions. after watching this, i am really just gona go out there and focus ON MY CREATIVITY YET STILL LEARN FROM OTHERS. this video really inspired me alot, thank you so much. i know there is still so much to learn, but i guess, baby steps till i am fulll grown.

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    Manish Das August 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Loved this video of yours.. it's so nice and inspiring.. lots of love and good wishes to you Jessica..

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    Faris Ghazali August 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Nice tutorial for newbie like myself! I'm really into photography right now… For anyone new, I just found this free class on color management for design, photography and the web http://skl.sh/2aqd8bi , hope that helps!

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    Panyia Xiong August 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I completely agreed with you!!!!

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    The Batman August 23, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Jessica. This video is so genuine and helpful.
    Since that you have improved your skills, could you do a photo shoot with a crop body (like 60D) again? Because most users buy crop bodies, and we will be able to relate to the video.

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    Clear Claws AJ August 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks "Life Is Strange" for bringing me to this wonderful video.

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    Angelito V. August 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    this video is very encouraging and helpful. Right now, I been shooting about 2 years only weekend. I get discourage my work because i cant get consistent my work and i feel like I'm not improving.

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