Let’s all take a breath and step away from the ledge

Regarding the big hoorah about the photography permits for National Forests, here is a well written blog post from a workshop photographer on the subject that might help relieve some minds. ALthough I still think the wording of the regulations leaves too much to chance.

Eloquent Images by Gary Hart

Autumn Light, North Rim, Grand CanyonAutumn Light, North Rim, Grand Canyon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1/5 second
ISO 100
17 mm

National Forest Service commercial photography policy (it’s not as bad as you think)

I’ve received a number of inquiries (some quite panicked) in the last few days asking my opinion about the “new” National Forest Service policy regarding commercial photography. I’ve actually read some media accounts that imply that simply whipping out your iPhone and snapping a mountain lake risks a $1,000 fine. After doing a little research, I’ve confirmed that this is yet one more example of the media whipping the public into a frenzy by selecting a few facts and presenting them in the most sensational way. Here’s an example: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/1000-dollar-fine-for-pictures-in-the-forest.

Not being an expert on the subject, I can’t really say whether there are any factual errors in that article. But I can say that it’s a pretty self-serving (he’s certainly…

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