One thing that really boggles my mind is when tourists spend so much time and money traveling to a place to tour an attraction just to find that photos are not allowed. This has happened to us on many occasions; even if we knew beforehand that photography was not allowed it was still very annoying!
A big example of this was when we finally got to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David at the Academia Gallery of Florence. There stood one of the greatest works of art and I could not take a single photo of it! I couldn’t have a photo to commemorate my Statue of David experience. There were a lot of people trying to be “discreet” about snapping a photo, however, we didn’t want our camera confiscated by security so we dared not try. We did manage to snap a nice photo of a bronze replica at Piazzale Michelangelo!
I’ve always wanted to take a tour of the White House so I was excited to find out that the photo policy had changed for White House tourists. You are now allowed to take photos inside of the White House on the tour route. You are also allowed to post them on social media!
I was born and raised here in the USA and have yet to visit the White House of all places. It’s on my bucket list so maybe we’ll take a road trip to Washington, D.C. in the future. Plus, I really want to check out the Smithsonian because everyone says it’s amazing. Did I also mention my husband and I are big Scandal fans too? Hello, Olivia Pope!
Photos are allowed to be taken but there are still some restrictions. You can use phones or compact cameras with lenses that don’t exceed 3 inches (stills only). Tablets, video cameras, cameras with interchangeable lenses, tripods or monopods, and “camera sticks” (selfie sticks) are NOT allowed. Flash photography, live stream, talking and/or texting on your phone are also not allowed on the tour. If you do it, your phone may be confiscated by US Secret Service.
Not only is this a blog post about travel tips for photography at the White House, but it is also good tips for bloggers. Since I have yet to visit the White House, I was able to use a photo from Pixabay. It’s a website of royalty free stock photos that you could use to spruce up your blog posts. All photos in this post is from Pixabay, with the exception of the bronze David Statue which was taken by my husband.
Do you dislike tourist attractions with a no photography policy?