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Hello. We will be in the DC area for the long Memorial day weekend 2013. I would love to documend our trip with photos and vids. Most likly I will use my iphone for this but was thinking of taking my point and shoot Kodak and my digital vid camera. I am sure there are places where photography or vids cant be taken(or limited), but are there places to store your items while were enjoying the "non photo" sights? And if we can shoot, are there any restrictions? Thanks for any advice.

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Excellent question! I was wondering about that myself!

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In general it's this for outdoor photos: ...officers, agents and employees that, “absent reasonable suspicion or probable cause,” they “must allow individuals to photograph the exterior of federally owned or leased facilities from publicly accessible spaces” like streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas.

article here: dcist.com/2011/01/feds_provide_written_state…

and here: dcist.com/2011/02/photographer_detained_at_d…

For interior shots it depends on each museum and building. Just look for the signs. No sign - usually means you can take a photo.

In the museums some galleries can be "no photos", while the other are ok. I haven't been asked to check/put away my camera, as long as you are not taking pictures.

Edited: 3:56 pm, May 21, 2013
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Thanks for the great advice. I guess it just depends on the place. I will look for the signs to be on the safe side.

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Also, check with the bored looking museum guards, that truly are bored until you take a picture that you're not supposed to.

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All the above advice is sound. I'll add this: just because you are legally permitted to take a picture doesn't necessarily mean that you should. There are lots of law enforcement officers in Washington, and lots of secure buildings. If you are taking a picture of an obvious point of tourist interest -- e.g. the White House, Capitol, monuments, etc. -- you aren't going to run into trouble. But if you decide it would be neat to photograph the security checkpoints around the White House or Capitol, the folks manning said checkpoints may wonder why you care. Same goes for off the beaten path buildings like the State Department or World Bank -- one snapshot because you think it looks neat is unlikely to be a problem. Photo-documenting the place from all angles might draw attention. Are you permitted to take the pictures? Probably. Do you want to lose time out of your trip to explain yourself to the guards? Not likely.

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Using a tripod often requires a permit or other advance permission.

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We just returned from a weekend trip to DC, and you don't have to worry about storing your equipment in those museums where you're not allowed to take photos. You can have your equipment with you, just don't use it. In the National Archives, some guy behind us in line took a photo, and he was VERY quickly escorted from the building.

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On the capitol tour, we could take all the pictures we wanted, EXCEPT for where the official Exhibit is. You can always ask. And I wouldn't use a flash.

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