So today the PAC Facebook and my newsfeed has been cluttered with this new article: That the Federal Forest Service will be charging Media and Photographers $1500 Permit fees to take Photos. Now lets think about this for a minute .. how is this even enforceable?
These Permits were originally intended to be for Film Crews working on Hollywood Movies that take up weeks or months of time and resources, AND displace others from using the location, Monument Valley, Antelope canyon, & State Parks they all have them. Even a little fake ghost town near my house, wants to charge me to shoot a DSLR – and depending on whom you speak to, can be between $50-100 !!! Really? You collected rusted garbage and piled it up in one place!
IN recent times these “Film” Permits have been pushed on Photographers.
My argument who is to say I need a permit? Scenario I am out with my Mom Shooting a DSLR and so is she, Say I am shooting for fun and possibly fine art one day and she is just a hobbyist – who is deciding what the possible use of said images is for. Secondly say I get a permit and NEVER get an image I like out of the series – then do I get my money back? (Of Course not) So is the $1000 fine better than the $1500 Permit? – I will risk it.
So on Enforcement: How will this be enforced? will we get a pat down like entering a concert? What size camera is a Pro Camera, are mirrorless cameras ok? An Iphone 6? This law has so many loose ends, It will be hard to pass it
Another law my friend Brian Baril just sent to me makes Tripods illegal to use in NYC – an entire city? Well kinda – unless you get a permit for (yet again) film crews – so when and how did Photography get put in the same boat as Hollywood films?
Stupid right? Just as much as all these permits and property releases of when and where you can shoot.
Below are the Links to a few of these other articles … to see if you you think these “laws” should, or would apply to hobbyist, Pro or fine art photographers.
Also I ask you to “Sound Off” in the comments so others can learn from your expertise.
Links to Articles on the fees: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/09/7_things_you_should_know_about.html