Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?

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Dylan Johnson
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Re: Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?
In reply to LeoGotCamera, 10 months ago

As a photographer AND security guard, I have some answers for you.

First as people mentioned, photography gear can be a hazard. Tripods, light stands, cords, etc can all just be an accident waiting to happen. That stuff isn't allowed for safety reasons unless for uses permited through a permit.

Secondly, as security, we are there to protect the property and patrons on the property. When security sees a camera, their first thought isn't photography, it's privacy and safety. That person could be taking pictures of children or They could also be staking out a store to rob. Big cameras also have a tendency to make people uncomfortable, and a lot of times we have to tell them to stop because we get complaints from shoppers about it. There's a ton of different reasons for not letting photography equipment on site.

I'm a little more lenient though. I'll go over and ask them what they're taking pictures of and usually strike up a conversation about photography, and then politely inform them that they're going to have to put the camera away, even though I know they're not doing any harm.

Also as for the rules making sense, it's private property, they can make whatever rules they want as long as they aren't breaking any in the process.

Hope that helps answer some of your questions.
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