LivingTravelCan I take photos on the street in London?

Can I take photos on the street in London?

Question: Can I take street photos in London?

“I have been reading on the Internet about photographers who have been molested by the police for taking photos of public buildings. It also appears that San Pablo and probably other churches do not allow photography. Is there some kind of guide on what I can take photos of? And what I can not: I am not taking photos for professional purposes or for sale; I’m just a serious amateur photographer. I love making great images. This question is a real shortcoming of every tourism book that I have (bought and) read «.

Answer: There has been a lot of news about photographers being harassed for taking pictures on the streets (see I’m a photographer, not a terrorist), but I’m going to be honest with you, I’m in London every week with an SLR and a phone with camera and nobody has stopped me. I always respect people’s privacy as I know I don’t want to be photographed on the street and then I find the photo that accompanies an article about people looking miserable in the rain, or things like that.

You can basically take photos on the street in London. If you’re photographing a building and someone walks by and enters the shot, that’s fine. I doubt anyone has a photo of Trafalgar Square with no strangers in the photo as well.

You can take photos inside many of London’s great museums, such as the British Museum and the V&A, both great for photographers, but you can’t take photos inside Places of Worship, so St Paul’s Cathedral is a no-go area. Photos. Many complain that they think more postcards are being sold, but it is simply the fact that it is a functioning church. (By the way, if you do the guided tour in St. Paul’s Cathedral, they let you enter some areas generally off limits and you can take photos there, as well as from the Galleries.)

It would be very unfortunate if the police contacted you when taking photos on the street in London, but I think you would get their attention if you focus on a building and take photos for a long time. This would start to sound like a security risk which, I think, sounds good.

I have been to street photography courses in the city of London, the old town with the big companies, and the security and police personnel are not concerned about photographers who enjoy the architecture of the city. It is a common sight and you will not be disturbed.

As a general rule, if you want to take a photo of a person, ask first. The police generally force photos to be taken, but when working in some situations you may have to say no. Talking about the possible subject of your photo may have a different reaction to the relaxed shot you may be expecting, but once you’ve asked, you can always take another shot later, which is less ‘staged’.

Hope this helps and you have a wonderful time in London. Do not send your favorite photo of London after your trip.

By the way, I also tried a great compact camera that I would recommend to visitors to the city. See my review of the Canon Ixus 230 HS .

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