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Forest Service Revises Rules Related to Commercial Photography On Ski Slopes

Posted on: 7 January 2009

It’s that time of year when many photographers like to go out and take pictures of winter, snow and skiers. For those of you who work in commercial photography and plan to be out on the ski slopes with your camera, heed this advise from the Photo Attorney.

As reported by the Aspen Times, commercial shoots on public lands in a ski area now require a permit from the Forest Service. The increased requirement arose reportedly because of an accident that killed a member of a filming crew. Jim Stark, a winter sports administrator with the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the Forest Service, admits that the new permit requirement wouldn’t have affected that horrible incident….It appears that the Forest Service doesn’t understand how that “modest” amount can affect most photographers, struggling to make a living these days. Further, the revised fee structure doesn’t appear to be related to safety because no permit is required for “skiers or riders simply taking pictures [or] footage for their personal use.” [via Photo Attorney]

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