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Wormsloe charging photography fee

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peachy92 says:

I'm not sure when this started but if you have a professional camera, Wormsloe will start charging you a fee for photography. Dizzy Girl has more information about it.
2:21PM, 7 November 2009 PDT (permalink)

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Dizzy Girl is a group administrator Dizzy Girl says:

I called and the lady I spoke to said that they do this now because people are selling the prints of Wormsloe Drive or making postcards. I personally think this is ridiculous! This is not a tourist-friendly decision. This is a STATE PARK which we already have to pay to get into anyways.

I could see if this were a private residence, but it's not. It's a dirt road with a bunch of old trees. It's a fabulous photo, but I'm sorry, for $25 they can kiss it. For that much, I expect for them to shut all traffic in and out and let me have an hour to myself to take photos.

I will not pay it and I'll make sure to tell others about it. Are they that hard up for money that they feel the need to charge and arm and a leg? Come on, Wormsloe...show some sense!
106 months ago (permalink)

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Dizzy Girl is a group administrator Dizzy Girl says:

Found some more information here:

www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60814-d1474166/Savannah:Georg...

A word of caution—if you are a photographer/hobbyist and your equipment is valued over $500, particularly if you use a tripod and a dSLR camera—expect to be charged a fee $25 or more, and to fill out an application for a permit. Approval of the permit and/or a waiver of the fee rests with the site supervisor, who may or may not be present. So bring along, if you have one, a really good "point and shoot", preferably with image stabilization, and feel free to snap away.


Again...not very tourist friendly, is it?
106 months ago (permalink)

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peachy92 says:

Yes, when I went today, I didn't have to pay the fee because I had a point and shoot camera. Had I had my better camera, I may have been charged a fee.

While I was there, there were several photographers taking family photos at Wormsloe.

As a person that take photos as her hobby (I would never get into it as a business), it's quite discouraging to know that I may have to pay a fee just because of the equipment I have.
106 months ago (permalink)

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Dizzy Girl is a group administrator Dizzy Girl says:

I can see doing this for wedding parties, engagement photos, or magazine photos, but not for everyone else. I really think they're cutting their nose off in spite of their face.
106 months ago (permalink)

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♥jennyowens says:

I was going to go do a shoot there on Saturday...

Now I'm not.

Stupid decision on their part, IMO. You know how many people find out about Wormsloe through photographers who take pictures there? That's how I found out about it... and now I'm not going.
102 months ago (permalink)

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TheRedNerd says:

Just tell them you are SCAD students. They usually let SCAD students shoot for free, but only for a couple of hours tops.
102 months ago (permalink)

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peachy92 says:

Well, that sucks that SCADers are allowed free but hobbiest like me won't be. Stupid policy.
101 months ago (permalink)

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Low Country Image says:

I agree .. this is silly! and Dizzy Girl is right.. If I'm gonna pay to shoot there ...they should shut down the traffic in and out.. I took my $800 point and shoot camera (ha ha) there a few months ago and I sat and waited for ever till the cars were clear or people were not in the shot... and if you look real hard at my wormsloe pic i have up here you might be able to tell where I airbrushed out the car at the end of the road
100 months ago (permalink)

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Shannon Kuanfung- Zaller says:

The easiest way to get around it would be to bring your p&s, bring your dslr, and make sure you have a big purse. :)

When a car comes by, take pictures of your subject with the p&s. When nobody's there, do the dslr. My opinion.
99 months ago (permalink)

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Andrea Hillis says:

Yeah, this stinks...I had to pay the $25., fee, but will not again...it's not worth it to me. Bethesda is just as beautiful....and is free!
95 months ago (permalink)

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scenicsouth says:

Is this policy still in force? We went in February and were told that any fee to be paid was part of the entrance fee. I believe they only charge for a set photo-shoot, not for tourists taking photos of the scenery. We are allowed to do that as paid visitors.
89 months ago (permalink)

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Keith Mendel says:

I shot there in late March with DLSR and tripod. Walked in and paid the regular admission fee for 2 adults and let the camera in the car. Enforcement might vary based on who is manning the desk?
88 months ago (permalink)

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wbeem says:

I'm glad I checked here before making the trip from Orlando. I was planning on visiting Savannah for some photography, but now I'm not going to bother.

Charging a fee to a state park, based upon the type of camera I own, is un-American. It seems from the comments here that they aren't providing any service to go with that fee. They're just penalizing people based upon the kind of property they own. What nonsense.
81 months ago (permalink)

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heideldesign says:

We called and were told the fee only applied to commercial shoots. I suggest calling ahead to confirm before making the trip - because it does seem to be based on who you talk to there.
81 months ago (permalink)

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CanonFire09 says:

I agree charging a fee for this sucks big time. Maybe a writing / email campaign to whoever runs this places boss might stir up something or blogs. Lots of time places don't want a bad rap on a blog. I write a travel blog I will put something in there about it. Some emails to tourism services might also help.
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