Photographer's bust-card silkscreened on white-balance cards

PetaPixel sells a set of white-balance cards that are (handily enough) silkscreened with bust-cards spelling out US law regarding photography in public places. Stick 'em in your camera-bag and you'll always have balanced whites and balanced rights!

Photographers Rights Gray Card Set (via Iz Reloaded)


      1. I’m curious purplepat…Have you ever had occasion to use that pamphlet with the police? And, if so, did it serve its purpose and diffuse the situation? Or did it just annoy the police and cause them to be more officious?

        It’s a serious question. I love the idea of these rights cards, but, my experience with most policemen tells me that such documents would be received as being more of an annoying joke by them, than an official notice of anyone’s rights. And certainly not as something to be obeyed.

        1. To date I’ve never needed it. Whenever I get stopped I’ve always been able to talk my way out of it politely (always my first strategy). From my point of view it’s just nice to have a reminder of where I stand legally.

          Then of course there’s good old Section 44..

  1. Clever idea, but doesn’t the writing reduce the accuracy of the white-balancing? Not a big deal, since I think having accurate rights is more important than accurate white balance.

  2. It’s a cute thing, and I bought some, but I was annoyed to discover that their “guest” option for checking out runs off and creates an “account” for you.

    So this is yet another password to remember or worry about being breached. I bet next time I show up, I’ll be forced to waste my time with another password reset dance.

  3. Some buildings are now copyrighted/trademarked by owners to prevent photography of them and commercial use of said images.

  4. If you really wanted to use this as something you present to the police, wouldn’t it make more sense to include citations? One could print up a list of anything you want, that doesn’t mean the police are going to believe you (or even look at it, for that matter). I mean really, police officers (and people who think they’re police, like security guards) are about the least likely people to admit that they’re wrong.

    The original PDF as was linked in the comments I’ve had saved to my computers for years – it’s very useful information. But it always simply struck me as something you should study beforehand, and just keep in mind. You either have to stand up for your rights if accosted, or give in. Having this stuff printed out isn’t going to help you, except perhaps as encouragement to yourself.

  5. The website has a poor description of the cards. Unless one side has no lettering they are useless as reflectance references.

  6. I’d really like to see several real-world, credible reports of having success with this.

    Because in my experience waving papers acquired from the Internet at law enforcement officers is completely infective. And rightly so.

    If this does work I’m going to print out some carefully worded cars of my own for when I get busted.

  7. re #5; If I were a parent, and I caught some creep taking pictures of my child, he would be very very sorry; cheesy white card or no.

    1. Almost all the adult-on-child violence that happens in our society, or in any other, is perpetrated by parents on their own children. Paranoid fathers commit far far more damage to kids than random photographers. Chill.

  8. So, quick question… if a cop (real or rental) thinks your breaking the law, why the hell would they believe a little card you pull out of your camera bag? Are these authorized by some government agency that they actually have to listen to?

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