That “No Photography Allowed” Policy
This has happened to me and friends on many occasions and I know a lot of you have experienced this too but what’s with the “No Photography Allowed” policy in a lot of malls, parks and streets nowadays?
You can’t go around GreenBelt and shoot pictures without being confronted by security. We used to walk the streets of The Fort and take pictures but immediately be stopped by roaming guards asking for permit. Stroll around Salcedo park and taking photos is also a no-no.
Early today, we went around the Mall of Asia open grounds to take pictures of debris and fallen trees and we were stopped by roving guards asking us to delete all the photos we took.
I know it’s private property and they got all the right what they want visitors to do or not do. Besides, most of the time, it’s the huge dSLR-type of cameras they don’t normally allow.
Nevertheless, I kinda think Metro Manila is not very photographer-friendly (or tourist-friendly, for that matter) city.
So aside from getting that customary permit, others resort to some sort of guerrilla tactics:
- Bringing sub-compact cameras that are not as conspicuous as dSLRs but take almost the same photo quality.
- Bring a second empty flash/SD card and swap it with the original just before the security comes up to you and ask you to delete the photos. You can always tell them you’re shooting blanks.
- Hit and run. Take photos as fast as you can and move around the area to avoid being spotted.
What do you usually do when you’re in this situation?