New Fees for Photographing in National Parks

The National Park Service (“NPS”) will start collecting fees for commercial filming and still photography on May 15, 2006. The announcement can be found here.

At first blush, it appears that the implementation of this new policy may alter access for photographers. Instead, according to the Program Manager of Special Uses for the NPS, Lee Dickinson, the only change is that IF you need a permit as previously required, you will have to pay for it.

Most photographers do not need a permit, so you won’t have to pay to shoot. Whether you need a permit is explained in my November 03, 2005, blog entitled, “Photographing our National Parks.”

The specific requirements are explained on the NPS site, as well.

It is important that photographers know their rights and responsibilities. For now, one of those rights is to photograph the beautiful national parks, usually for free.

Take my advice; get professional help.
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