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New York City

If you did not know, New York City now requires for you to obtain a permit before taking photographs in the city

Although the information in the law is vague about when you need a permit, after speaking with the Mayor's Office, I was told that the rule is:

If you are using a professional camera and / or a tripod, you need a permit. If you are using any kind of lights, except for a camera mounted flash, you need a permit. If a police officer wants to bust your chops, you need a permit.

There is no clear definition, so if you are doing a model shoot on the city streets, be safe and get the permit.

For more information go here:

Igor R. - Future First Photography
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It would be interesting to see what they consider a professional camera. Will local law enforcement be carrying booklets to look up every brand and style of camera
Dave of Big Cat Photography
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They'll probably go with the old rule we used at the one hour lab for copywork:

"If it looks Professional, it IS Professional"

So I guess if your gonna lug an SLR to NYC you need a permit. Looks like another reason not to go to me.

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I been to NY once, got robbed will never go again.
Dave of Big Cat Photography
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professional camera definition

What I have always run into when I do concert photography is that they consider a professional camera one that has interchangable lenses.

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I live in NYC it's a beautiful w/ asses for leaders. I have a Canon Rebel XTi and that is not a pro camera. This is crazy! I’m really starting to hate NYC.
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Good to know how much things have changed in the city. I just started to process the paper work for Press Passes in the city and that is a real nightmare..
Bill Schuman

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