Snapshot Voyager is about my own personal photography journey. I am always looking to try something new, inquisitive as to how it works, and to the end results I might achieve.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

An afternoon at the Distillery District - Part 6: When to shoot

There's often lots of interesting stalls at the Distillery District, many with very interesting things for sale.  As I was wandering along and taking shots of some of the stalls, I was asked by one stall keeper to stop.  Given as I was not inside a shop (I was about 15ft feet from his tent), was on public property and shooting wide angle, I was rather indignant.  I can understand why people don't necessarily want their photo taken, but given you have a stand in an area where most people have their camera, I'm sorry, but I think its fair game.  Certainly there is no legal reason why I can't, and does really think I am going to copy his ideas??  Whatever, I still kept shooting, with the full knowledge that I would never EVER buy anything from him.


  1. Technically speaking, the Distillery District is not a public venue, but I agree with your point. The Distillery District IS a tourist area and anyone who either go there or work there are expected to be photographed. Unfortunately, I have encountered far too many times the same as you, where people would give me a hard time when I tried to photograph, even when I was on public streets. I used to just turn away, but now I am fighting back, like you. I don't give a %@#$% of what they say. I have my rights, and as long as I don't sell the pictures with their faces in the pictures, they have no rights to interfere with my photography.

  2. Thanks Yu Lin, couldn't agree more. Even though the Distillery District may not be a public venue in the sense that it is privately owned, imagine what would happen if management decided to ban cameras - no one would go!

    1. Many malls and businesses now actually ban photography inside. I was told not take pictures inside a No Frills store, inside one of the buildings in Harborbront, and quite a few others. But, tourist destinations usually allows photography.

    2. Going into someone else's building I kinda understand - its a condition of entry. But, I agree, an outdoor tourist destination is quite different. You'd probably get away with it at the Eaton Centre, but that's about it. Store fronts though provide safe and ample opportunity for fun.