Museums are usually strict about who can take photographs and where. There may be restrictions on using flash, and restrictions on certain displays, for example special editions and rare articles. However, most museums will allow you to photograph the architecture of the building and the outside/foyer areas.
Museums generally cite concerns that camera flashes can damage the pigments in paintings. Some pigments are indeed sensitive to light, which speeds up chemical reactions that break them down. As a result, the lighting in museums and galleries is carefully controlled to minimise damage.
For the most part—and this often comes as a surprise to people—museums don't actually own the reproduction rights to works in their collection. The artist retains the underlying copyright to the work and any reproductions of it unless he or she agrees to sign it over (remember artists: don't do it!).
A copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce a copyrighted work, and photographing a copyrighted work is considered a way of reproducing it. Thus, you may need permission to photograph a building or an art work.
Flash photography is not allowed in museums for a variety of reasons. It could be distracting to other visitors, could possibly compromise the place's safety, or worst, it could potentially damage the artwork inside. With that said, just spare yourself the hassle and keep your camera lights off.
Most/all national museums (Eg Smithsonian, national gallery of art, etc) do not allow tripods or monopods.
"It appears that camera flashes merely distract the fish somewhat, rather than having a negative impact on them. But this result cannot necessarily be transferred to all fish species," stated Knopf. This is because different fish species populate habitats that have completely different light conditions.
"In the case of public places, it is perfectly legal to take photographs, but be respectful of people and always ask parental permission before photographing children.
Buildings are protected by copyright under English law but there is a specific exception under section 62 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 which permits you to take a photograph or film of a building without infringing its copyright.
Photographing the Eiffel Tower at night is not illegal at all. Any individual can take photos and share them on social networks.
Some large art museums like New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts have changed their policies and now allow photography in parts of their permanent collections. However, they typically ban all photography in special exhibitions, which are often the main reason people are visiting.
Photography. Photography for personal use is permitted in the Museum with hand-held cameras only.
Photographing public art is always allowed. It's the USE of that photograph, however, that may require your permission. This is where the concept of copyright comes in. In the U.S., we value the ability of artists and other creative people to make money from their own work.
Photography (without a flash or tripod) is only permitted at certain designated areas in the museum, such as in the Entrance Hall and by the so-called 'selfie walls'. To avoid causing nuisance to other visitors, photography of artworks in the museum galleries and exhibition spaces is not permitted.
The British Museum, V&A, Natural History, Museum of London and most other museums allow photography. But pay attention - in some galleries w/i a museum flash is not allowed, or photos are banned altogether.
Photographing private property from within the public domain is not illegal, with the exception of an area that is generally regarded as private, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or hotel room. In some states there is no definition of "private," in which case, there is a general expectation of privacy.
If you are standing on public property you can legally photograph private property, but you still need to be respectful of personal privacy. If, for example, you shoot a house from a public road and the resident can be seen getting dressed through an upstairs window, you could be sued for invasion of privacy.
Under copyright law, the photographer owns the copyright and can use it for any editorial use without permission of the person in the picture. Editorial uses are works like this article, where you are sharing information, not selling something.
It is generally permissible for people to take photographs at any public place or any private place that they own or rent. Being present on someone else's private property generally requires the property owner's consent to take photos.
This type of photography is permitted in the U.S. under the legal premise established by the Supreme Court that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place. It is why we may be photographed or recorded many times a day by surveillance equipment, police bodycams and anyone else with a camera.
You can take any photo in a public place because there's no expectation of privacy in public, but if you're taking pictures in a private place, you're not entitled to use the photos commercially without permission.
Disney entertainers and performers can be greatly affected – If you're in an attraction that has live performers, flash photography and external lighting could mess up their execution and also prove to be very dangerous.
Our latest research, published in Nature Scientific Reports, shows that flash photography does not damage the eyes of seahorses, but touching seahorses and other fish can alter their behaviour.
Shoot on Manual + Auto ISO + 1/125 sec. + f/5.6 = nice photos of fish shot in a barrel …err, I mean… aquarium. Because the fish don't move that fast, you shouldn't need much more than a shutter speed of 1/125th sec., any slower and they start to blur.