Our club enjoys numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend organized field trips to local and area-wide places of interest. Parks, exhibitions, conservation areas, local cities, towns and rural areas are all good locations for photography. There are certain courtesies that need to be observed, and a professional “etiquette” that needs to be followed when on these trips.
The first rule is to always check out the venue for possible restrictions. Some locations, for example, do not allow tri-pods or flash photography. Other things to check out are whether photography is allowed, if some areas are off limits, and does the venue need to be notified that we will be there? The field trip leader will do the research and provide members with this information prior to the trip.
The second rule is respect. We must respect other people visiting the location, and the property itself. Being aware of our surroundings and other people is very important. Someone visiting a location may be suspicious of photographers shooting toward them or their families. Photographers wanting to photograph individuals should always ask permission and carry a release form. In some cases a release form may be necessary for photographing certain property. These release forms and permissions are the responsibility of each individual photographer.
Photographers have been known to get a bad name by not respecting property. Some areas have actually restricted photographers because of damage like trampling flower gardens, moving obstacles, or cutting away foliage. This is never acceptable.
Third and finally, we must be on our best behavior. Take care to notice if an area has a reverence about it and requires quiet. Do not speak loudly and never use any type of foul language. Be careful not to interrupt someone else’s visit.
Our club takes pride on following professional etiquette on all our field trips. We have been welcomed by numerous locations and have not had any issues with these things. But, it is always good to review and remind ourselves so we can continue to enjoy these experiences.
Most field trips are open, but some are restricted to members only. The club provides these trips so members have opportunities to practice the craft of photography. I hope you will join us in the fun and excitement of our upcoming field trips in 2018.