Along the same lines...I have been hearing rumors that the Peruvian authorities require a tripod permit to photograph at Machu Pichu. The fee of $750.00 U.S. is being assessed to all that are considered involved with a commercial endeavor. Insofar as the authorities are concerned tripod equates to professional which equates to commercial. That fee is per site...so that would mean one permit for Machu Pichu, one for the site of the Sun Temple, another for Cusco etc. Understandably, one could blow the budget in a few days. This regulation was brought on by a film crew that damaged a stone with a dropped gantry at M.P.
I have since encountered a U.S. photographer who stated that he photographed at Machu Pichu with a 12X20 and purchased no permit. However he needed to carry all of his equipment in at one time. I guess that if one can substantiate a non commercial basis that the fee is waived.
I think that this speaks to all of us to not cause needless problems to the authorities in the areas where tripods may become obtrusive.
I am going to be posting several replys to the tripod question so hang on:
<<<Under french confidentially law you theoretically need written permission
from everyone who will appear in your shot before you take a photo. You'd
probably be OK with a discreet 35mm, but LF, tripod etc will attract
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Bouzard" <Daniel.BOUZARD@wanadoo.fr>
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2003 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [pure-silver]: tripods in Paris
To my knowledge there is no problem to use a tripod in Paris except in front
of some official public buildings like police, ministers....>>>
More of the same:
<<<>Under french confidentially law you theoretically need written permission
>from everyone who will appear in your shot
and in many cases also from the owner or architects of the buildings
> before you take a photo. You'd
>probably be OK with a discreet 35mm, but LF, tripod etc will attract
If this is called "confidentially law", that I do not know. It is
paras 9-2 (everybody has the right to the picture of ....himself) and
544-1 (... buildings of which he is the owner) of the Code Civile.
<<<Hi everyboy !
well, I've read some papers about French regulation pertaining to
Every people has right over is own image, but if in a public place
nobody can refrain you from making a picture !
If you plan to use it commercially or not (at an artit's exhibition, for
exemple) you _do_ need a written authorisation for all things, human or
not, appearing in the picture. Buildings, boats, volcanos !!! and even
sheeps in a field !
Remember that according to French law, a café terrasse is a public
place, but not the café itself ! and a departement store is definittelly
a private place !
As far as I know you do not need anymore a permit to use a tripod on
Paris streets, but bear in mind that Vigipirate plan is enforced due to
the terrorit's risks and as an English speaking guy, you will be
considered suspect by police people... Same individuals all over the
So I do recomend you deploy a large format camera only at "low risk"
places and be prepared to discuss somewhat.
A trick I've used with great success is to give a polaroid at people I
plan to photograph....
Keep away from "la grande Arche de la defense" highly copyrighted, so
photographers are chased .... around and also keep away from official
buildings, whatever they are !
Christer Almqvist a écrit :>>>
<<< Just to clarify few thinks. You have the right to take pictures of
anybody or any building but you need permission for exhibition or any
commercial use. I have never seen any photographer in the street taking
photos of buildings even with a tripod being in trouble. For people it is
different as any where in the world you should ask if they agree to take
some photo it is always more friendly.
I have taken hundreds of photos in Paris without any trouble ( do not
try photos in hot district with prostitutes)
<<<Take it from someone who was thrown out of a London Underground station,
unsuccessfully sued for $1500 for an innocent shot of a public building but
charged several times for taking pictures inside churches, chased off the
parking lot of a hotel in Scotland, attacked by Detroit residents and many
other incidents, ANYTHING BUT 35MM WILL ATTRACT ATTENTION.
I have gone to 'take the shot and move on' and have learned that it is
easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Sad but true.
Ralph W. Lambrecht>>>
There you have an idea of what I was talking about.
Thanks Lee for all that information. Quite unbelievable...sheep lol
At least I know now at least re. shooting people as well. Again, Thanks for asking the net group Lee.
Chris, while the stain remains try scanning the photo into your computer and then on your image program take away the color. At least you might be able to save it in digital form.