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    Is it to protect others or refrain the photographers from molesting others or is it just because there is a commercial interest in the location and by that a chance for the municipality for an additional fee?

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    The small town where I live has had a similar ordinance since I moved here in 1992. I've never gotten a permit and no one has ever asked me for one. I know that the pros in town use a few of the parks for sittings and I believe they have paid the fees but again I doubt if anyone has checked. (They have a similar license requirement for folks who want to use a metal detector in any city park. I've seen lots of folks detecting but never anyone checking for permits.)
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    I think it makes better sense to charge and get a permit for it. That wayy you get any residential associations or busybodies out of the way and not interrupting your work.

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    We are speaking of public places. Obtaining a permit for commercial photography does not changes the statute of the place or make it private. Everybody including "residential associations or busybodies" may still walk along. And that is fine.

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    We are speaking of public places. Obtaining a permit for commercial photography does not changes the statute of the place or make it private. Everybody including "residential associations or busybodies" may still walk along. And that is fine.

    Though photographers may be tempted to say "I paid my fee, so get out of my picture."

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    You may be correct legally, but where I live a permit gives God-like privileges and even more so when armed security and law enforcement are enforcing those privileges.

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    I can see why permits might be required of pros who are bringing lights, generators, assistants and all the rest, but it seems a little over the top for one guy and a family getting a portrait or some such.

    In the case of the OP, I read about this in some other forum, and the ordinance deems a photographer a "professional" if he is using a tripod, or a camera with interchangeable lenses, among other things.
    So, if you're going to make a photo in one of Overland Park's city parks with anything other than a P&S or a Holga, congratulations, you are a pro.

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    No professional photographer I watched over the last years still used a tripod when doing wedding or model photography on location.

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    That is a good fact to know. I think I should cite that if challenged but I hope I can keep a straight face as I say "only a amateur would need a tripod to hold this big camera with the large interchangeable telephoto lenses whilst metering with this very complicated light meter because my camera is so old it doesn't have a built-in light meter... so that makes me the most rank amateur there is. Now leave me alone, please."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    No professional photographer I watched over the last years still used a tripod when doing wedding or model photography on location.
    You didn't watch me then.

    I do agree though that the use of 'pods is pretty limited, regardless of the utility they bring.
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