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Photography & Security Experiences

http://williambeem.com/disney-thinks-photographers-are-terrorists/

I came across this story last year after a friend of mine had a run in with security while taking pictures. It just really blew my mind. Apparently from what I've gleaned off of "other boards" there are several occasions that things of a similar nature have happened with photographers. I can't say that I've had a problem, but then I just have a little cheapy point and shot camera.

Have any of you ever had issues taking pictures at Disney? Have you ever been approached by security who asked you not to shot something? Have you ever heard anything like this?

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Never heard of it happening, but I could see it happening very easily.

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Wow that's crazy... In the place where more pictures are taken then anywhere in the world!

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That's a crazy story.

I remember hearing that after 9/11 it became a security issue to take pictures in front of hotels and then post them without permission. I never bothered to check the facts on that but I always found it funny.

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Never had this happen to me before....The only place i can think of that i've been asked not to take pictures is at art museums

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The manager handled it the wrong way. Essentially, the blogger probably drew more attention to himself because of how long he was standing there but unless he was breaking rules, he did everything right.

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I listen to the podcast ISO5571 by Cory Disbrow, Ryan Pastornio and Tom Bricker and they all have stories of being told by security to stop something they were doing. Most of the time they are asked to not use their tripods and such, but never anything to this level.
I personally have never had an issue. I was in Disneyland one night, it was after the park had closed and I was "stalling" around trying to get images of certain areas empty. I was in Tomorrowland working on a shot of Star Tours and was literally lying on the ground to get it. The same security guy walked passed me twice, the second time he giggled at how far I was willing to go to get my shot, but he never said anything other than that. I guess it really just depends on the night and who you run into.

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Jess wrote:
The only place i can think of that i've been asked not to take pictures is at art museums
That always drive me crazy, usually because I'm at a museum to do research and pics are always a plus!

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WyckedPhoenix wrote:
I was in Tomorrowland working on a shot of Star Tours and was literally lying on the ground to get it.

Dedication!!

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I bet ya money that someone famous was at the House of Blue that night. Plus were talking DTD... if someone famous is there... I bet ya thats why security was on him. As long as he was probably there taking shots... I wouldn't doubt he looked suspicious. I think he is taking this way out of proportion to be honest.

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Mase wrote:
I bet ya money that someone famous was at the House of Blue that night.

Good point Mase.

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Jess wrote:
Never had this happen to me before....The only place i can think of that i've been asked not to take pictures is at art museums

When I was at the Louvre, there were signs all over the place not to take pictures of the Mona Lisa. Everyone (including me) were taking pictures. The security guards said nothing.

A couple of days later we were in Rome and happened to walk by the US Embassy. We stopped to take a picture. The guards yelled at us to keep walking.

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Kristen K. wrote:
WyckedPhoenix wrote:
I was in Tomorrowland working on a shot of Star Tours and was literally lying on the ground to get it.

Dedication!!

LoL! laugh Well, yeah.. I really wanted that shot, haha. It didn't really work out for me though, I didn't have the right lens that night.

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Mase wrote:
I bet ya money that someone famous was at the House of Blue that night.

That was the first thing that came to my mind! And I agree, I think this was definitely blown out of proportion.

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This happens all the time. I dont know what about a tripod makes them think your a threat. I know if Don accused me of being a terrorist I would make his life difficult. I haven't spent 14 years in the Navy to be accused of being a terrorist because I have a hobby. I mean really do you think a terrorist is going to spend 400 on a tripod and thousands on a camera? They dont want to be noticed so for that kind of thing they would use a point and shoot. Doing surveillance with huge lenses out in the open is only found in the movies.

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this is why i stick to my camera phone

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Hazegry wrote:
Doing surveillance with huge lenses out in the open is only found in the movies.

awesome