Increasingly HOSTILE camera policies at venues

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MichaelVadon
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Increasingly HOSTILE camera policies at venues
2 months ago

There was a time where I could go anywhere within the Borgata casino and, as long as I was not photographing the gaming floor or tables, they were ok with it. I brought a Canon 60D easily into their clubs and bars. I was able to film everything else like the lobby without fear. I even pushed the line with doing some photography with external off-camera units.  I had a Quantum X5D-R with the big old battery pack flashing the thing attempting to light up the entire lobby.  That was really going over the line but no one said a word. No one said a word over the course of years.

That time has now changed. I tried to walk in to their nightclub Mixx with a small EOS-M camera and they told me to go put that back up in my room. I tried going into a small bar at the casino with my 5D Mark III and was turned away. I was recently photographing the lobby with my Canon 5D Mark III and the 16-35 F4 IS lens (no flash units) and was approached by a security guard who asked if I had permission. I told him that I already got permission as I was told many times in the past that I could photograph anything but the gaming floor.

I am finding that many venues have really tightened up their camera policies. There have also been many instances where the local police have been hostile to journalists and other photographers.

Things are changing for photographers and public venues. More regulation, more censorship...

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