Private Property or Where Clearly Posted
When defining photography law, it should go without saying that under any conditions where a “NO Photos Allowed" or a “No Cameras" sign in words or in graphics, is posted, you should never even attempt to take photos - including in churches, religion-related buildings and museums.
While students in Paris, my roommate and I made a special trip across town to visit and photograph the “St. Chappelle".
A stern-faced Gendarme burst our bubble quickly at the street entrance.
“You’re not allowed to take photographs in here", he practically barked.
“What do you mean, we can’t take photos?" my roommate asked.
Now becoming irritated, the gendarme repeated his order in no uncertain terms.
“What am I going to do with my camera?" I asked, holding it up.
He wasn't allowed to shoot us, but if looks could kill I’d be dead.
“Put it in your pocket." He gestured putting his hand into his starched uniform pocket.
I did. We entered only to find out after all, that the world-famous chapel with its one-of-a-kind Chartre blue stained-glass windows was closed for maintenance that day.
The same photography laws of privacy hold true in areas where “proprietary information" may be present. This would include “restricted", “secret" or possibly “classified" installations, manufacturing and testing facilities, gun, hunting and shooting ranges, research facilities, private farms, game preserves and posted “Private Property" of any type.