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Football Ground Photography Rules

Posted 21/11/2011 - 23:08 Link
Does anyone have any idea about getting permission to photograph at football matches. I am being told that its a long winded process and will requires CRB check etc etc etc. All that me and tha lad want to do is take a few action shots from the stands, we wouldn't be wandering around the ground ( although we would like to)
We would also make the pictures available to the club but after asking it appears that we can't because we cant comply with all the rules whatever they are, they haven't been explained to us.
The ground will be private property I suppose so I dare say the club has the final say who can and can't take pictures. I just get the feeling that we are being fobbed off.
Anybody got any thoughts ideas?
Posted 22/11/2011 - 11:09 Link
I once went to Old Trafford with my K10. I was told by the steward that I could photograph the players during the warm-up but not during the match. Fair enough I thought. Then you notice that people with mobile phones or compact cameras are taking photos all the time and nothing is said! What is the difference?
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Posted 22/11/2011 - 11:52 Link
I sometimes take my k-7 to the Etihad. its generally ok. But was once told that "you cant use a camera like that" by the stewards. (I was using rather long lens at the time)It appears compacts and mobiles are fine. Though Mcfc do have their own flickr site and encourage fans to use it. I always asumed it was because the press pay to photograph the game..Comment Image
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Posted 22/11/2011 - 12:57 Link
The main concern is that broadcasters pay ridiculous sums of money for exclusive rights
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Posted 22/11/2011 - 13:06 Link
In general I think you'll get away with a compact, even during the game. So you could bring a 25X zoom in...

If you have a big camera/dslr you'll probably get approached by a stewart but not ejected

Don't let the face that you don't have a 'decent' camera with you stop you from taking pics, just adjust.
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Posted 22/11/2011 - 14:13 Link
dinneenp wrote:
In general I think you'll get away with a compact, even during the game. So you could bring a 25X zoom in...

Perhaps they should bring out a pancake 300mm for the Q.
Posted 22/11/2011 - 16:50 Link
We are talking non league here. I have contacted Evostik league and they do not have any restrictions as long as the pictures are not for business use. The problem is, I am being told by the club that permits, licences are required one being CRB. I am afraid I cannot understand this unless the officials at the club do not know themselves.
It raises another question specifically about CRB which is do pro, semi pro, keen amateurs need this check? and if so what for?
Posted 22/11/2011 - 17:30 Link
If you are photographing children on a football match on commercial premises i.e a football ground, then the club will be liable for whoever comes onto their property. If visiting person is then taking photos of children on a pitch, then it is probably their policy to have that person vetted with an up to date CRB check.

This is to ensure said person is not a convicted sex offender. Wouldn't look good to the football club to have a convicted sex offender running around their ground taking pictures of children.

You will have to pay this yourself I think it costs around £50 but depends on local authority.

If it is for an evostick league match (adults) then I would show the club the email from them stating permission isn't needing. Remember also commercial use is different to editorial use... However as the ground belongs to the club & is private property & they don't want you to shoot then there is nothing you can do about it.

I am not a lawyer!!!
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Posted 22/11/2011 - 20:37 Link
If you and your lad just want to take a few shots for your own enjoyment, I would just do it. Asking permission just obliges the club management to engage 'red tape' mode and treat you like an official photographer rather than just another punter. Just be relatively discreet with your cameras (without being shifty).

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