Disturbing Trend Against Photographers

Tonight, I went out to CityWalk as part of the Microsoft Tech-Ed conference in town this week. They reserved The Groove for jam sessions. I decided this year I'd rather shoot than play, so I packed up my D200 and a couple of lenses.

Universal Studios Orlando has a bag check before you enter CityWalk, and I have no problem with that. Disney does the same thing. However, I was particularly disturbed when the security guards held me aside and said, “We've got another one.”

I looked over and there was another man with a Nikon around his neck. I tried to ask the guard what she was talking about, but she kept putting me off with “one second” as she talked to someone on her radio.

It had something to do with the fact that I had a professional camera. I explained to her that I wasn't working on an assignment – this is my hobby. My photos are no more professional than the hundreds of people she let enter with a point and shoot camera. No response.
Finally, the voice on the other side of the radio had her tell me that I could take photos inside The Groove for my event, but nowhere else in the park.

First, that was my intention all along.

However, why do they discriminate against a bigger camera? They aren't prohibiting all photography (which is their right), just those of us with nice gear. I explained that I'd been there with my camera many times before without this kind of incident.

Brick wall. She doesn't care or respond. I truly hate that kind of mentality and rudeness.

It's their property, and they do have the right to say what you can and can't bring. However, I have the right to vote with my money. Goodbye, Universal Studios and CityWalk.

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