first_img Facebook A quick scenario: you’re taking photos with your DSLR in front of a public building and a security guard comes outside to tell you that’s not allowed, what do you do?The right answer is you leave the premises – that is, unless you’re taking the photo from a sidewalk, in which case you have every right to keep snapping pics.With the proliferation of cameras on nearly all our devices, the laws surrounding photography in public spaces is becoming an increasingly important thing to familiarize yourself with, especially if being a commercial photographer is your full-time job. Login/Register With: Advertisement Sometimes it can be confusing, but most times it’s just about using your common sense.While Canada’s laws surrounding photography are pretty lax, it’s always better to treat every situation with discretion. Encounters with law enforcement and security are never fun – even when you’re in the right – and can lead to some uncomfortable interactions.Getting to know Toronto’s commercial photography by-laws will help you navigate the legality of your photo ops, as will a basic brush-up of your Criminal Code knowledge.If you don’t have time to go through all that right now, here are some quick guidelines to follow for some common photography scenarios.Public propertyYou’re allowed to take photos anywhere in and from Toronto’s public spaces (sidewalks, parks, streets, etc.) under the following conditions:You can’t be in the middle of doing something illegal while you photograph, like jaywalking , breaking and entering (we see you rooftoppers), or interfering with a crime scene. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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