When is photography censored and when is it allowed? Does a cell phone photo constitute as “photography”?
So this is a topic that comes up all the time with my photography business. I will pull up to a location and take my camera out to begin preparing for a shoot and most of the time it is on public property or a space that I own, rent from someone. But, If it is private property, there are two things that can happen; 1. I am either granted permission to photograph on the property or 2. I am asked to refrain from using my camera without the purchase or deliverance of a permit.
Now, when I am told that “you can’t use that here” as the person stares down at my camera. Most of the time in the background, there is a crowd of people all walking around with cameras in the form of smart phones with close to the same high resolution potential as me. A lot of them have extra lenses and lights that can be attached to the phone to further increase the quality as well. So, when I am asked to leave when security sees my camera, is it my fault that my tool of choice is simply a larger, bulkier piece of equipment than the general population? Because, the way people are vlogging, interviewing and “photographing” with their phones.. I don’t see a difference in the quality or exposure that some work gets compared to using a DSLR camera to get the job done.
Bottom line is that these rules are redundant in the modern age where the cell phone has now replaced the camera along with many other “tools” that people use on a daily basis. Do they realize that they are having a prejudice towards people carrying a more respectable piece of equipment anyways? That’s like a parking garage that says “No Cars Allowed”, but proceeds to let in all the shitty cars and slap the wrist of any Lamborghini Diablo or Ferrari Enzo that tries to cross into the garage.
This rule came from an old mentality and it needs to end. What will happen when EVERYONE’s phone can produce professional quality photo and video.. will we all be BANNED from using the property?