White House Lifts Ban on Photography, But With Limitations

Jul 1, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

White House Lifts Ban on Photography, But With Limitations

Jul 1, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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In a move reversing a 40-year ban that I didn’t even know existed, the White House has lifted its photography restrictions.  For more than four decades, visitors to the White House have not been allowed to take photos during tours.  With this new decision, you will be allowed to document your visit, selfie all over the place, and share your bunny ears on Secret Service guards on social media.  However, there are still restrictions…

In a sensationalize Instagram post, First Lady Michelle Obama informs the world that photography is now allowed on White House grounds.  (Perhaps they’ll announce our next war like this…)  Visitors were also encouraged to share their images on social media with the hash tag #WhiteHouseTours.  (Maybe we can start doing that for military engagements as well… #DesertGoBoomBoom.)

But, there are limitations

There are limits to the White House’s generosity.  Forbidden gear and practices still include:

  • Video cameras (including action cams)
  • Cameras with detachable lenses
  • Tablets
  • Tripods
  • Monopods
  • Camera sticks (selfie sticks)
  • Flash photography
  • Livestreaming

What IS Allowed

  • Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches.

So, while perhaps not earth-shattering, the new policy does provide added appeal for tourists, unlike a proposal in the European Union that would make capturing and sharing photos in most any public place nearly impossible.  Either way, there is now no excuse as to why you don’t have proof that you allegedly made out with a White House aid in the Lincoln Bedroom.

[via New York Daily News]

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One response to “White House Lifts Ban on Photography, But With Limitations”

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    Arthur_P_Dent

    What’s wrong with a camera with a detachable lens? And don’t they realize that a lot of point-and-shoots can shoot video as well?