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Congress Hears Complaints About Park Photo Rules

Posted on: 14 December 2007

I live fairly close to the Yosemite National Forest. I love to take the three-hour drive up there and shoot photos to my heart’s content. I don’t bother anyone or anything. I just wander around enjoying the vast forestland trying to capture what I can as the sun comes up and goes down each day.

Now this:

The hearing concerned a set of new federal rules about permits and fees proposed by the Department of the Interior that would apply to lands under the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. …

Among the issues the panel had with the rules: The proposal would introduce a permit requirement for still photo shoots that use models, sets or props. …

Perlman said the permit and fees would be an unreasonable financial burden for professional still photographers, and the time it takes to get a permit could prevent photographers from shooting spontaneously in the best lighting conditions. Delays would mean “many spectacular nature photographs would simply never be made,” he said.

Read the rest of the article here. Also check out the NPPA on this issue.


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