Central Park Photography rules

Started Feb 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
Bob Tullis
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Re: Think of it like this
In reply to Sierra Dave, Feb 21, 2014

Sierra Dave wrote:

Bob Tullis wrote:

local novice wrote:

Thanks for the info. The reason I asked is I have read that people with tripods draws attention from law enforcement in Dumbo and I was curious if this was true for Cental Park.

For streets and public parks, it's the difference between shooting for yourself, with or without a few friends at your side, or taking over a portion of the public space to stage a shooting event (like a wedding, model shoot). Wedding photographers and film students with accessories (lighting, reflectors, screens, wardrobe, any or all of it), no less more ambitious productions, are where permits come into play. Of course, if you impede traffic of any kind, or are just a nuisance or hazard to general activity about, you can expect to be hassled anywhere.

No, it's more complicated than that. Any tripod in Fulton Park (Dumbo) for example is considered evidence that you are a professional, and hence you're asked to produce a permit. Even just having a big lens (e.g. a full-frame 70-200/2.8) can cause them to come and ask whether you are photographing 'for personal use' or not. It seems to be much more a money thing than a 'public nuisance' thing.

Interesting.   But I'm not surprised, either - there can be more photographers about than non-photographers.   I guess I've never been hassled for the kit doesn't look the part.  

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