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| p.1 #6 · What is the purpose of all the BLM/state parks requiring permits? |
I live in DC, and to shoot inside or immediately around monuments and some parks, you've got to get a permit, here. I usually get away with some simple shooting nearby before a ranger tells me to take a hike, and since monuments, memorials, and the like are a stone's throw from each other, here, my plan is usually to shoot at several locations near each other, and we get decent results.
The more gear you carry, the faster the rangers will pounce. If you just have one body and a couple of lenses, you might not get any flak at all. But since I usually shoot with lights, it doesn't take long.
I've never bothered looking into the process in detail myself, because a ranger described it to me once and it was plainly too bureaucratic for a simple e-session or wedding shoot.
You asked what the point was. Tourists can shoot all day long, and if you look like a tourist, you generally won't have a problem. But professionals tend to bring gear like lights and stands, over which people may trip. Pros tend to bring assistants, sometimes creating little crowds, disrupting the flow for tourists. Pros tend to ask (or tell) people to get out of the shot, making it harder for tourists to enjoy the location.
I think those are the reasons for the fees. If you disrupt the location, they at least want to have the ranger's salary for the time when the ranger has to keep children from killing themselves by knocking over your lightstand and umbrella.