Fuzzy area here. I try har


Fuzzy area here. I try hard to respect personal property and won’t trespass on private property without permission but I have no problem pulling off a road and shoot something on that property. Other situations can get tricky. I had a conversation with a ranger in a Natl. Parks office locally who said that I might need a permit to shoot within the park. He couldn’t delineate what would constitute the need for the permit and I haven’t pursued it further. Clearly they have no problem with a tourist family shooting with their handicam. Can news crews shoot there without permits? Dunno. Would a big crew with a lot of gear need a permit? Maybe.

That said, I take the “proceed until apprehended” approach of shooting in public places and in private places where I have permission to be there such as sporting events and parking lots.

Something that might help you is here: http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm It was written for still photogs but applies to videogs too. I keep a copy with my kit but haven’t had to whip it out for anyone yet.

I understand your trepidation, but if you don’t shoot you won’t have any of that footage you want. To give you an idea of what I’ve done, check here: http://www.vimeo.com/whitemountains This all shot on public property, parks, parking lots, rest stops and by the side of the road. You gotta shoot.

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