Risky Shots - No Tripods in New York City

posted on 16th of june, 2010

Ok well maybe the title is a bit misleading. There are many, many places that you can set up a tripod in New York City and no authority will bother you. However these places rarely offer good vantage points. Pretty much every worthwhile landmark has tight security and the no-tripod rule is in strict enforcement. Tripods are not allowed in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, financial district, etc.
The other day while trying to photograph the Brooklyn Bridge from what I thought was an inconspicuous location, I was stopped by a police officer and threatened with a ticket. Here is a PDF from the Municipal Government explaining some laws regarding filming and photography on NYC streets: permits regarding tripods...

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Posted by Waxart on November 11, 2010
I'm amazed at the clarity of these night shots, tripod and low ISO notwithstanding. I note that you're shooting with a Nikon D3000. I hadn't thought that the image quality could be that good. Congratulations!
Posted by Sepavo on June 27, 2010
I used a tripod today in Times Square and plenty of police saw me, but no problem. However it was about 5:30 am on a sunday. I think if you choose your times wisely they won't bother. if it's 5:30 p.m. on a friday afternoon, they'll likely ask you to fold it up.
Posted by Sepavo on June 23, 2010
I often hear that the type and size of the camera is taken into account. I think police are concerned about by large and uncommon looking cameras. Also those types draw attention easily.

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