I was attacked by a woman today for shooting photos in a public playground. I had two children there, and was of course capturing play time for the photo albums. Her issue was taking photos in an environment where her children were also playing (despite the lens being dialed out to full to isolate my children), and she refused to acknowledge the right to shoot photos or take video in a public place, she stood in front of my camera, and in fact even attempted to grab it at one point.
Know the laws in your area. This following article is excellent for both the US and Canada:
City ordinances often have photography laws as well, and in fact Omaha, NE has a law stating that if you are in a public area, you are a free target for any lens! If you wish to not be photographed you must inform the photographer AND MOVE AWAY FROM HIS SUBJECT, and it is only illegal if he/she pursues you!
And in fact, after I informed this woman that it is in my legal rights to shoot in the park and she continued to move to block my view OF MY OWN CHILDREN, this is criminal harassment and I had the legal right to summon police and press charges.
Don't let them push you down! Know the law, and use it!
Who doesn't take pics/video while their kids are at the park, I do. Hell, I take pics of my kids everywhere. Although, I can understand her concern as well.
The concern is valid. Except this is the kind of woman who lets her kids bully right in front of her, and takes no action. She wasn't concerned until SHE SAW THE TWO GUYS (me and my 13-year-old) WITH THE BIG CAMERA. I just reviewed the photo session before it was interrupted, and yes, there were occasionally other kids in the background... out of focus, often with heads turned away. I was the wrong person to step in front of.
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