Photographers Rights – UK Law

Photographers Rights - UK Law

Photographers Rights in Public Places – Know the Law

Photographers Rights - UK Law

Many Photographers are on the back foot when it comes to knowing Photographers Rights whilst shooting in public places. As a former police Sergeant, Photographers Rights are something that I’ve naturally been drawn towards and it’s a subject that I’m asked about repeatedly by either clients, members of public or other photographers. It isn’t as complicated as you might think. The laws regarding street photography can sometimes seem nonsensical, but there are a set of basic Photographers Rights guidelines that will arm you with sufficient information to challenge incorrect perceptions or stand your ground when shooting photography in public places.  The guidance contained in this article relates only to Photographers Rights shooting in public streets only the UK. It’s important to remember that Law changes and we don’t take any responsibility should legislation be made in the future that make this information incorrect or obsolete. There are also considerations surrounding The Nations Security and threat levels that could very well mean that certain locations become inaccessible due to terrorism or other threats.

There are locations currently where special permissions are needed before you are allowed to shoot even in a public area, however, you are unlikely to find huge problems most places across the UK.

Where Can I Legally Shoot in Public Places?

Realistically, you have the right to photograph anywhere that falls in the categories below;

Public Property

Public Roads

Public Footpaths

Public Rights of Way  

Most beaches between high and low tide

Photographers Rights - UK Law

One of the biggest things to remember about Photographers Rights is that if you’re on a Public right of way such as a public pavement, footpath or public highway, you DON”T need permission to take photographs. It really doesn’t matter if it’s recreational or for commercial purpose,  you are allowed to take photographs providing you are not causing an obstruction to anybody or as mentioned above, breaching any UK Laws surrounding National Security or Terrorism. The legal terminology of obstructing the hIghway is deemed to be unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass, as set in a the test case of DPP -v- Jones (1999)

The Court recognised that the public may enjoy a public highway for any reasonable purpose, provided it does not amount to public or private nuisance or obstruct the highway “by unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass: within these qualifications there is a public right of peaceful assembly on the highway.” 

Taking photographs in public places takes places literally hundreds of thousand of times a day. Advances in Mobile Phone technology and increased camera quality mean that most members of public have access to a camera, so it always surpeises me that a photographer using a camera on a street will receive strange looks, are regularly challenged about their presence at locations and are accountable for their actions, yet mobile phone cameras will take the same photographs of the same subject and are likely to be distributed to far a far larger audience through social media platforms.

Photographing People on the Street – Photographers Rights

Photographers Rights mean that there is nothing stopping you taking pictures of people in public places within reason. It does boil down to an element of common sense. If you ‘re shooting inappropriately or standing in somebody’s personal space photographing them without having had the forethought  to ask, then there’s a chance you might find a confrontational situation unfold or possibly run the risk of a meeting with the local police. It’s a fne line between giving photographers a bad named and putting your reputation on the line, particularly if you are a professional business shooting Street Photography for an assignment.

Harassment is defined as a ‘course of conduct’ (so it has to happen at least twice) that causes another person ‘alarm or distress’, but we have to say that the bullying and aggressive antics of the paparazzi would suggest that prosecutions are few and far between.

Photographers are free to use their photographs of people taken in public places as they wish – including for commercial gain.

Note: Professional photography is banned in London’s Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square as well as the Royal Parks.

Commercial Photography Norwich

Norwich Commercial Photography

Street Photography Norwich - Anglia Square

Street Photography Norwich - Anglia SquarePhotographers Rights - UK Law

People Photography

UK laws are fairly vague when it comes to defining what constitutes an invasion of privacy, but while street shots should cause no problem, you might get in hot water if you’re strapping on colossal telephoto lens and zooming in on folks stripping off in their bathrooms – even if you are snapping from a public place.

The key seems to be whether the subject would have a reasonable expectation of privacy – a statement that seems vague enough to keep a team of lawyers gainfully employed for some time.

With some countries having stronger privacy laws, UK snappers looking to commercially exploit images of recognisable people snapped without their consent may find international clients unenthusiastic unless a model release has been obtained.

There’s also a remote chance that photographs of people in public places may be subject to the Data Protection Act, but that’s pretty unlikely if there’s no other identifying information accompanying the image.


Photographers Rights in Public Places

Photographers Rights When Photographing Children

Once again, there are no specific laws against taking photos of children, but this is potentially the most dangerous area for a photographer to shoot from a perspective of public photography.  Someone taking an unhealthy interest “WILL’  attract hostility and anger from parents or carers of children, members of public are rightfully in tune to the dangers of strangers photographing children and you are highly likely to be challenged by Police or authorities quickly. It’s actually advisable NOT to photograph children in public unless you have some kind of dedicated brief, accompanied by a Model release Form and full contact details of the client who has requested the brief be undertaken. If you’re asked you to stop take pictures of them, the stopping is likely to be the healthiest option for you and your equipment. Children cannot legally give their permission to be photographed, so you need to seek permission from a parent or legal guardian. Be prepared to explain yourself.

How to Deal with Police while Photographing in Public Places – It’s a sensitive area but there are a few basic pieces of advice that can really help if you are challenged in public by authorities. Click Here to Read More…

Privacy Explained

If you are standing on public property you can legally photograph private property, but you can’t infringe personal privacy. Photographers, in particular Paparazzi & Press Photographers, have on occasion pushed the boundaries and the limits of Photographers Rights with long lenses and shooting positions that may very well compromise legal rights  that land themselves in Court (See – Prince William demands €1.5m payout for topless Kate photos saying ordeal reminds him of Diana ‘harassment

Most people will question your motives and Photographers Rights out of sheer curiosity or fear. If someone suggests that you are breaking the law (and you know otherwise), then by all mean ask for clarification but try and afford confrontation as it will inevitably cause unnecessary bad feeling. However, if you’re in the right, there’s nothing wrong on standing your ground.

Case Example

Street Photography Norwich- The Death of Anglia Square

I’ve personally dealt with situations with security personnel who identified my presence through CCTV, approached me and requested that I leave an area where I was only 12 inches inside a boundary of a private location. I was asked not to photograph the exterior of a Public Shopping Mall that was open to public. Having moved my tripod literally one foot back, I was then shooting from a public place and legally photographing the building. Security ‘demanded’ that I stopped photographing and refused to provide an explanation as to why? I was advised that security were not happy about my presence and that Police would be called. I politely challenged the security staff who were not fully aware of Photographers Rights and shortly left the area having done nothing other than move my tripod by twelve inches. This is an all too frequent event that often results in wasting the time of Police Officers who arrive and speak with photographers before leave without any action beinmgtaken as the photographer is photographing completely legally.

In all honestly, this very subject is likely to become more and more relevant in light of the increasing terrorist and security threats that our country and many others are experiencing. We hope this article was informative and of some use.

About Lee Blanchflower Limited

Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.


Advice For Freelance Remote Work Success – A great guide from Trello

Remote Work Success - Trello

Advice For Freelance Remote Work Success. – A great guide from the guys at Trello.

Remote Work may not be for everybody! Personally, I work remotely, wherever I am in the world I am at my desk. For some people that sounds like a huge burden, and sure I understand that, but the reality is that I have total freedom. I am not tied into the morning commute, fixed lunch breaks or a uniform, some days I work in short and flip flops!

Gaining clients in a freelance world is only half the battle, the other half is managing them. I have tried many different methods to keep on top of projects from bouncing emails back and forth to relying on Skype or Facebook Messenger (I know it sounds crazy) but until very recently I hadn’t been able to find a solution that works for me. Enter Trello.

Trello - Remote Work Success

What is Trello? In a nutshell:

Trello is the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything, trusted by millions of people from all over the world.

I don’t work for these guys and i’m not endorsed to offer shameless plugs but as far as remote management tools go these guys have it nailed!

I use Trello in conjunction with Slack. Slack basically creates a simple, navigable way to work in a remote office. Slack has been talked about, debated and discussed the internet over so I won’t outline what they do or how they do it but suffice to say they have worked hard to provide a great service that fosters a professional remote working environment.

I have used Slack/Trello alternatives such as Asana and have found that whilst Asana has some awesome features it isn’t as to-the-point and simple to dive into as Slack and Trello.

So why Trello?

Well for me its the ease and simplicity of its design. You can create boards, lists and then cards. My methodology is:

Board – Clientcentric
List – For the type of task, so for example “Blog Images”
Card – For the attachments.

It saves so much time drafting emails with concepts, everything is kept nice and ordered and can always be sent onto other people within the pipeline without having to forward a potentially personal email you sent to your client or having to write something new.

Trello interacts directly with Slack too. So you can easily post your content right to your remote office without having to duplicate anything at all.

In my opinion the marriage of these two platforms makes freelance project management a breeze.

Trello needn’t be about just the freelance market either. There is a very real appeal to any employ within a normal business. Everybody knows that people are more productive when they’re happy right? Lauren Moon over on Trello has kindly written an interesting blog about how the platform can work for employers everywhere.

“Let’s say it nice and loud for the people in the back:

Remote work is here, and it’s revolutionizing the way we work.

Technology has advanced such that embracing remote is no longer challenging. It requires different considerations for collaboration and communication, sure, but ultimately it is not a lower quality work experience.

How do we know? Because we are proving it out as a team right now, and so are some of the fastest-growing teams in tech.

If you’re not on the remote train yet, we’ve got you covered. We wrote a guide all about the benefits, considerations, and best practices of remote work. These are the most important tips and tried-and-tested practices we’ve picked up along the way of building out our 65% remote team.” – Trello Blog

There is even a great PDF guide that I encourage you all to grab and read through, it’s far better put together than my musings here but I encounter the “I can’t work remotely, I don’t know how to function…”type attitude all the time so thought i’d share this with you.

New Drone Laws Set for UK

Commercial Drone Services Norwich

Recreational Drone Flyers to Be Regulate Under New Drone Laws

New Drone Laws are set to be passed for the UK including the possibility of competency testing under legislation planned by the government. The New Drone Laws follow huge increases in the sales of drones to untrained recreational flyers, escalating near miss reports and increases in Drone based criminal activity.

Drone Filming with Lee Blanchflower Ltd from Blanc Creative on Vimeo.

The crackdown on irresponsible flying in the UK may include;

New Drone Laws restricting maximum flight altitude to 400 feet for recreational flyers (in line with current legislation for Commercial Operators)

Banning the use of Drones weighing more than 250g from flying near airports. or above 400 ft, in a crackdown on unsafe flying.

New Drone Laws may allow Police to seize Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles believed to be linked to criminal activity.

New Drone Laws to Include Mandatory Registration and Safety Tests

Like all technology, drones are open to misuse. “Introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public,” said aviation minister Lord Callanan in a statement. The government’s intention is set to to ensure all new users of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles other than children’s toys are centrally registered. It remains unknown quite how legislation will be implemented and the details at this stage remain vague to say the very least. It Recreational Drone Flyers may be able to register online with mandatory testing set to cover key areas include privacy, safety and security aspects of flying Drones.

Purchasing of Drones through online retailers based outside of the UK mean that registration can be easily avoided. The physical amount of drone sales in the UK would be complete guesswork. Until now, there has been no requirement to track how many units are in operation unless Drones are used as a commercial operation tool. The CAA has seen a ten fold increase in the past year, with over 3150 licemsed operators working in the UK alone. There are likely to be literally thousands of recreational flyers who will be affected by New Drone Laws.

New Drone Laws for UK

Near Misses

British miltech boffinry outfit Qinetiq document 34  drone-related Airprox incidents up until the end of May and these are purely the reported incidents without any other type of non aircraft incidents that have affected public, vehicles and buildings.  The Drone Code was developed to advise new Drone Users of the basic safety elements and laws surrounding Drone Flying but this is purely informational and not a legal requirement.




Norse’s Group HR Director hands over ProHelp Chair

ProHelp Norfolk

ProHelp Norfolk

Norse’s Group HR Director Tricia Fuller is handing over the Chair of Norfolk ProHelp to Julie Grimmer, a partner at local accountants Larkin Gowing.

ProHelp Norfolk offer a number of practical ways for businesses to work together and take action to help tackle some of the key issues facing society They provide a range of services, practical guidance and creative solutions that help businesses review, improve, measure and report. ProHelp are a business-led, issue-focused charity with more than 30 years’ experience of mobilising business. They engage thousands of businesses through our programmes driven by our core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.


Tricia Fuller has been in the voluntary role at the helm of the local network of multi-sector professional firms, which provides free professional advice and guidance to community and voluntary organisations, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, for almost five years.

“Huge changes have taken place over the last five years,” Tricia commented, “the most significant being the transfer of the organisation out of Business In The Community and setting it up as a Community Interest Company (CIC). This gives us much more flexibility in terms of bidding for funding, and makes us more local.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in helping to establish ProHelp in Norfolk. Getting it set up as a CIC was both a labour of love and, at times, a heartache but something of which I feel especially proud.”

As a company, Norse has now sponsored ProHelp for the ten years.

Flying Drones Commercially (paid work) in the UK

Are You Breaking the Law Flying Drones Commercially?

Flying Drones Commercially

Flying Drones commercially… It’s always a hot subject in the Drone World as more and more recreational flyers take to the skies blatantly flaunting the law. It’s a subject that actually infuriates many licensed Drone Operators who are Flying Drones commercially for a living! Licensed Drone are required to prove competency before being allowed to Fly Drones Commercially but there is a growing culture within the industry where unqualified, uninsured Drone Pilots without a permission for commercial operation are working in a commercial capacity for clients.

The law is very clear in the UK that if you wish to provide (Any work that is paid) in the UK, you are legally required to have a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfFO). These are granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). People have historically tried to work around the law and I’ve personally had unqualified Drone Pilots say to me;

“I don’t receive any pay for the work. I’m shooting photographs and the Drone work isn’t charged so it’s not commercial and I don’t need a license. “

This scenario simply does not work anymore and if a reportable incident occurs, then there’s a good chance of a prosecution following. Other examples include businesses that use their own unqualified staff Flying Drones Commercially for them. If an employer pay their staff a wage, then any work undertaken within their role is classed as commercial because the employee is being paid to Fly Drones Commercially.b

Flying Drones Commercially

Norfolk Drone Services

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Norwich Drone Filming

Drone Photography Norwich

Commercial Drones Norfolk

What are the Requirements for Flying Drones Commercially (for paid work) in the UK?

The basic process in obtaining the permission For Commercial Operation is that you will be required to prove you are safe and professional in the air. This is achieved through a set of Theory & Practical based exams along with evidence of regular, competent flying;

Ground Exam – Knowledge of air law will be evidenced through a written exam. Candidates are required to attend a two to three day Ground Exam course. Two weeks pre-reading material followed by a classroom based course with a multiple choice exam to follow.

Operations Manual – You will need to prepare a business specific Operations Manual. This sets out how you will operate your drone safely when Flying Drones Commercially. Your operations manual contains the procedures you will use when flying your drone including on your flight test. The Operations Manual is not generic. Every business will operate in a differently, but the principles set within the manual will determine how you team prepares and executes any commercial operation. Your operation manual will form part of your application to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operations. These documents are scrutinised by the CAA when applying for a PFCO and it is not uncommon for Applications to be rejected subject to re-submission if Manuals do not contain up to date legislation or unacceptable procedures.

Flight Test – The flighttest ins the final step before you receive your Permission for Commercial Operation. Once you Operations Manual is complete you will need to take out some type of insurance for your drone. Some insurance companies provide Flight Test Insurance but do not confuse this with Commercial Drone Insurance (this will be explained shortly.) Once you flight test is booked, you will be required to prepare a full risk assessment based on the flight co-ordinates given to you by your Examiner. The flight test is undertaken in the same manner that you would operate Flying Drones Commercially for a client. Your examiner will observe all aspects of the flight from arrival, equpment set-up, safety considerations, on site risk assessment and a number of flight scenarios. You will be required to operate as per your operation manual.

Upon successful completion of your flight test, you will be issued with Certificate that will need to be forwarded along with your License Fees, Operations Manual, Insurance Documents, Public Liability and Flight records to show that you have flown enough hours prior to apply for a Permission for Commercial Operation. Once you receive your PFCO, you can legally start Flying Drones Commercially for paid work. It’s that simple.

Flying Drones Commercially – Reporting Drone Misuse

The Civil Aviation Authority has recently changed to try and better reflect the balance of capabilities between the CAA and local Police services. Whilst The Police often have greater resources, response times and powers of investigation than the CAA, there is often a noticeable gap in the knowledge surrounding the legislation.  The CAA has now agreed with the Police, in a signed Memorandum of Understanding that the Police will take the lead in dealing with drone misuse incidents, particularly at public events, that may contravene aviation safety legislation or other relevant criminal legislation. The CAA’s remit is limited to safety and does not include concerns over privacy or broadcast rights.


Commercial Photography and Video Production simply doesn’t have to be shot from the ground. We are fully licensed with a ‘PFCO’ from the Civil Aviation Authority. In plain terms, it means that we’ve passed the necessary exams to qualify for a ‘Permission for Commercial Operation’ and we legally fly Drones in the UK for commercial purposes. We have an experienced Flight Team that offer fabulous Drone Footage, Aerial Still Photography and 3D Mapping to name just a few of our services. We would love to talk with you today about using Drones to help raise your business profile. Why not give our office a call on Mob: 07871 364041 to discuss your great ideas with one of our staff. If you’d prefer to email, we can be contacted at

Event Photography Norwich – Stalham Farmers Club

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk


Stalham Farmers Club – Event Photography Norwich

It’s always such a pleasure to shoot landmark Event Photography…  So when the telephone rang and we were asked to document a really special evening deep in the heart of beautiful Norfolk, we simply couldn’t resist. Event Photography covers a multitude of areas from Business to Business, Corporate Hospitality, Charity Fundraisers and everything through to Major concerts and festivals.  Event Photography is about capturing the excitement and interest of those attending the Event. Great Event Photography is about the photographer seamlessly immersing themselves into the event to capture reportage and documenting the flow and atmosphere. Much of our Event Photography is shot at annual Events, so images serve a multitude of purposes, doubling up as a great PR Photography and Advertising Photography Tool for future Event promotion. At Blanc Creative, we have a brilliant team including experienced Press Photographers and on-site image editing with the option of two or even three Event Photographers on site to cover every aspect of your Event. We pride ourselves on delivering the very best Event Photographs for your business and offer special rates for Charitable Organisations.

Event Photography at How Hill Gardens

Stalham Farmers Club -celebrated with style as their 175th anniversary year with a fantastic event held at a Broadland garden gem. The country’s oldest farming club celebrated with style as the sun shone on a perfect backdrop for an al fresco evening for a summer party to mark the landmark birthday. And a total of 300 members and guests of Stalham Farmers’ Club also raised more than £5,000 as auctioneer Simon Evans sold lots to raise funds for four local good causes. A long-standing member, Peter Boardman, the son of a former secretary, invited the club to hold a summer drinks party at How Hill Farm, near Ludham, and to tour his garden in the heart of Broadland.

A former secretary for 23 years, Nigel Wright, who was chairman during the club’s 150th anniversary in 1995, proposed three cheers for Stalham Farmers’ Club. He was delighted that the club continues to prosper and invited members and guests to send their very best wishes for a speedy recovery to the president and one of his closest friends, William Donald, who was in the hospital. The president’s wife, Jenny, was invited to select the winning ticket, which was won by Casey Parker.

Mr Wright also thanked the hard-working organising team led by chairman Jonathan Deane, and his small committee, who were also raising funds for charities including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C, the Norfolk-based mental health awareness campaign, the YANA (You Are Not Alone) Project and Thornage Hall. There was keen bidding for the lots and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb also boosted the fund-raising initiative by a total of £1,800. He had offered to invite constituents to join him for tea on the terrace at the House of Commons, which made £600. But, two other under-bidders were so keen that he extended the invitation. . . twice to raise a total of £1,800

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk.

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

To find out more about how Blanc Creative can support your business, charity or event with high quality, affordable photography, why not reach out and speak with a member of our team today on

07871 364041 or email