• Friday , 25 May 2018

Photography tips – UK laws and your rights

Code Canyon

Find out what you can and can’t take photos of in the UK in this exclusive Practical Photography guide. Watch Tim take to the streets of London to see how people react to photographers, and get the official lowdown from Inspector Malcolm Graham from the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

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  1. Trooper ThatsAll
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Love the term "suspicious activity" when it was quoted to me when I had my cam running while on my bike. Laughed my head off at them and the two community support that quoted that to me ~ okay i'll play along, my question is "what is you're interpretation of suspicious activity?" could not give a straight reply – a Police Constable (I know on friendly terms) came to the aid of the pair. I refused to give my name, as i have done nothing wrong, also they quoted the Terrorists Laws – I rode off laughing so hard at them. Its boils down to Public ignorance – for every 10 people or so they stop – one is clued up. Trooper

  2. nigel west
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33


  3. boonster666
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Well a very nice and helpful police officer, big respect here

  4. carforumwanker
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    "hoooo are you working for" in a daft London accent . Fuck of you silly pleb in a cheap suit . dont even talk to these low wage cunts

  5. keithsbustrainvideos bat
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    I told a security guard I was on public property and he had no jurisdiction over me and to go away and leave me alone, he was a jobsworth who nothing better to do than trying to intimidate because he was wearing uniform

    I am not going to take any nonsense from anybody

  6. Al Paca
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    What if I'm taking photos of a pair of policemen armed with assault rifles in the UK, I was walking through the city centre earlier and two police officers with assault rifles walked past, I was tempted to pull out my camera and start shooting since they looked badass but then I was worried that they might start shooting back..

  7. Only Me
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    What is the first thing the old bill ask for when something happens has anyone got pictures or video, double standards or what

  8. sam dupont
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    politeness works both ways and some officials need lessons in politeness and should be versed with the law otherwise they shouldn't be doing the job. The Police are paid to do a job and should know the law.

  9. Monkeywrench Productions
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    shouldnt be letting a fucking african tell you what to do in your own country anyway

  10. Z O L T R O N 2000
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    You forgot one question, WHAT if youre on public land photographing INTO a building ? Ie through and open? is it once it can be seen from public land its fair game

  11. Johnny Boy
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    U can take pictures or videos of private buildings in a public place & don't let anyone take this right away from u

  12. Joe Teach
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Try telling these idiots :- I am making an historical record for future generations.

  13. Daniel
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Some of these guys are just doing their jobs. Someone above them surely told them to go ask you to stop, knowing full well you were within your rights

  14. naturalmystery
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    He lied about the official secrets act. You MUST sign the official secrets act before you can be restricted by it!!!!

  15. Craig Lancaster
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    If funny that the police get pissed off if us tog are taking photos in and around busy places and they say we cant take photos but straight after the recent London attack they asked for photos and video to be sent in. it seems they want best of both words.

  16. johnpetermalcolm
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
    Give a man a fishing rod and you feed him for life.
    Give a man a machete and he want's to be chief.
    Give a man an AK47 and he want's to be president.
    Give a man a two-way radio and he want's his arse kicked.

  17. steve gray
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    you can take pictures of military buildings, as long as its from a public place.

  18. Wow Video Marketing Solutions
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    I hope this isn't a silly question but I ask because sometimes the laws work (or don't work…) in mysterious ways: Does all of this also apply to someone shooting video with a dedicated video camera and not photos or, are there different concerns for someone shooting video?

  19. Ozge Coktas
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Hi, Please follow @photographybyakai on Instagram! I am a UK based photographer

  20. harrow86
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    you dont even need to talk to them by the way.

  21. ProfessorSakharov
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    The ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) made clear to all police staff in 2010 that NO PERMISSION is required to photograph ANYTHING in a public place or visible from a public place. There are NO POWERS preventing moving or still images being captured in a public place. Anything the government or local council 'owns' is public property.

    NO unsworn staff, such as building security, litter and parking 'enforcement' wombles have any power over a member of the public in a public place. If they come over to tell you that 'you can't' partake of any lawful activity, simply tell them to mind their own business, and if they are really so concerned, to call a constable.

    Mind you, you'll then probably have to demand the presence of his/her supervisory inspector in order to set them straight – most police beat constables have a microscopic knowledge of the law, and WILL invent their own rules if it seems they might lose face.


  22. Mike Vlogs It
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Really helpful video and the delivery was perfect. Thank you. I have a quick question. I had a recent issue in my local shopping centre where I was coming down the escalator vlogging – the shot was 29 seconds. A security guard called me over at the bottom and said that I shouldn't record. If I did it again, he would ask me to delete it. Is it correct that a shopping centre, although private property, is open to the public and therefore deemed as being a public space? I did stop recording, but it makes me wonder about the hundreds who take photos of their food in the centre, those who snapchat and those who FaceTime. I emailed the operations manager, who said said… 'As a rule we don’t, we only approach if someone is behaving in a way that causes us concern. Don’t forget that by filming on the open Malls you are inadvertently recording other users of the malls without their permission. In order to publish your footage anywhere according to the Data Protection Act you should seek each individuals permission or disguise their identity e.g. smudge their faces out'. Seems like a fair response, although I mist have been a cause for concern whilst vlogging on my Canon G7X, however surely news reporters don't seek permission from the hundreds that walk past the camera whilst they're reporting on public/private land. So, my question – can I vlog in a shopping centre?

  23. Patrick Watson
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Taking a pic of a building isn't going to make that building fall apart.if you've got nothing to hide or not doing anything illegal.why worry about a photo being taken of your building or business.

  24. generic username
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Detailed involved pictures? You mean like the 3D images anyone can find on Google Earth?

  25. Kevin Cuthbert
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Whoever is in charge at Buckingham Palace and Big Ben must be very busy stopping all those tourists…..

  26. Charlie Corry
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    check out my instagram for more photography charlie_corry1999

  27. Andy Debenham
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Some really poor advice on this vid .
    10.35 the policeman advises that if things get heated with security or police " just comply"
    No mention of standing up for what is right then? or even your human rights or trying to educate those who wish to suppress them.
    What if the security or copper has inferiority issues and is using the situation to try and inflate their ego?
    "Just roll over and do as you are told, and go back to being a good little slave"
    If you want to preserve what little rights we have left then you must flex them from time to time.

  28. Andy Debenham
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    You don't have to answer their questions, they have no authority over you.
    We don't have to obey their corporate rules and regulations just because we are outside their business.
    Their job is to keep the building secure, not the street outside, they sometimes forget that the land that surrounds the building is paid for and owned by the public.

  29. Stu
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    they think their police officers love the power control

  30. Mike Hent
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    great video I wonder what would be the reaction if you dressed as a Muslim

  31. Random Movie Guy
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Lets all set up tripods and cameras outside your house and point it at your front door and windows and see if we get a reaction…

  32. Shawn Shing
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Awesome video . Yes now a day security guy are making a big deal of this issue ; as us an enthusiast in photography , we love to capture the beauty of architecture . That is all , right guy?!

  33. Run Go Tell Your Friends
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    Anyone with SIA security card skip this video to 6:05 and take note

  34. Barry Thornton
    June 23, 2017 at 04:33

    "wa`s all the pictures abart bruv ?"
    `Oh, I`m a terr …. I mean a student, yeah, just some …..stuff, yeah. Not for, like …..you know …. erm…just`
    "Tha`s alright then innit."

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