Photographers' Rights Lens Cloth*

FREE with AP dated 2 June 2012
2-in-1 Photographers’ Rights Lens Cloth*


(We still have some Back Issues (includes lens cloth) available to purchase, please state the colour lens cloth you prefer)

 

  • Two to choose from in ‘Police blue’ and ‘Security yellow’
  • Doubles as a grey card
  • Handy roll-wrap lens cloth

Dear photographers

I am very pleased to say that we have had some considerable success in clarifying the rights of photographers to take pictures in public places and on private land. You may remember that in July 2010, Amateur Photographer gave away a lens cloth that quoted the words of the head of the Specialist Operations for the Metropolitan Police Service. This was intended as a guide for our readers as well as something to show an inquisitive police officer in the event that the law was being misused. I understand many of you found it very useful.

Earlier this year we were able to go a step further and obtain new and clearer wording after extensive consultation with the Home Office. While our first cloth had guidance that appeared to apply only to the London area, there can be no doubt the Home Office covers the whole country.

As well as clarifying the position with the law and police powers, we have been able to establish a form of words as guidance when a photographer is stopped by a private security officer. Private security firms are not governed by any unified code of practice, but their powers over members of the public are restricted by the law. In fact, a private security guard has no more power than a private individual, which may surprise many of them, and our cloth makes it clear what they can and cannot ask you to do.

On each magazine dated 2 June, on sale from 29 May 2012, we will give away one of these cloths. The cloth relevant to dealing with the police has a blue wrap, and that for private security has a yellow wrap. I suggest you try to find one of each.

Should you be lucky enough not to ever be approached by a police officer or a security guard, you will at least have a very handy lens cloth. And, what’s more, a neutral grey surface from which to establish a custom white balance or to give you an idea of exposure.

Damien Demolder
Editor

*UK only

  • Atanasiu

    – Hi,I came across you guy whenI was linokog on Jeremy Cowart site Help-Portrait.I am always linokog for new ways to improve my photography. I would love more info about your group.thanks,melissa

  • Mairead Evans

    I have the private one and have to say as in recent weeks come in very handy am now after the police one thank you so much

  • J.C. Dains

    I bought the issue with the blue cloth. I do not wish to buy another copy Would it be possible to be able to make a printout avaiable?

  • Rob

    Hi I only managed to get the police lens cloth , is it possible to download a copy of the other one

  • martin fuller

    I went into Wh smiths Today {2nd june } to purchase my copy of amateur photographer looking forward to getting my hands on the free photographers rights lens cloth .
    I was shocked to discover that the copy on sale there was the 9th june issue and i had missed not only my freebie lens cloth but also a copy of the magazine i have been buying without fail every saturday for well over a year!!
    the copy i bought last saturday was the 26th may issue advising readers of the free cloths in the next weeks issue ! even cheekily recommending that we should buy two copies in order to obtain both versions of the cloth {police & private security}.
    What a joke there was fat chance of buying one copy.

    Tell me was the 2nd june issue only on sale between 29th may & 1st june?
    or perhaps it was only sold through certtain selected outlets in the channel islands and outer Hebrides?

    Not piffeling little concerns like WH Smiths.

    martin.

  • martin fuller

    I went into Wh smiths Today {2nd june } to purchase my copy of amateur photographer looking forward to getting my hands on the free photographers rights lens cloth .
    I was shocked to discover that the copy on sale there was the 9th june issue and i had missed not only my freebie lens cloth but also a copy of the magazine i have been buying without fail every saturday for well over a year!!
    the copy i bought last saturday was the 26th may issue advising readers of the free cloths in the next weeks issue ! even cheekily recommending that we should buy two copies in order to obtain both versions of the cloth {police & private security}.
    What a joke there was fat chance of buying one copy.

    Tell me was the 2nd june issue only on sale between 29th may & 1st june?
    or perhaps it was only sold through certtain selected outlets in the channel islands and outer Hebrides?

    Not piffeling little concerns like WH Smiths.

    martin.

  • martin fuller

    I went into wh smiths to buy my copy of the magazine as usual on 2nd june looking forward to seeing this photographer’s rights lens cloth. only to find that the copy that they had on sale was the 9th june issue ,and so i have missed out on the lens cloth and a copy of the magazine i have been buying without fail for well over a year!! the copy on sale last week was the 26th may which pronounced the inclusion of one of the cloths in the next weeks issue!!
    it even had the cheek to suggest getting 2 copies one with each version of the rights lens cloths .
    Either copy would have been one more i got the chance of buying!

    What is going on here?

    Was the 2nd june issue only on sale between 29th may and 1st june?

  • Steve Thirsk

    Great idea – Well done!This could deflate many potentially confrontational situations. We’ve publicised it on the news section of our website – The Guild Of Photographers

  • Randal Williams

    Tried 4 shops and could not find the yellow version! (Tesco, Asda, the local newsagent and Sainsburys).

    It cost me about £ 6.00 in petrol!!! – plus £2.70 for the blue version – SNEAKY price uplift too!!! – They all had the blue version

    Any chance you might offer the yellow version for sale???

  • despatchrider

    so…after you pay £4.95 for a magazine you get a `free` lens cloth with the mag…should be investigated by the trade description act or am I `out-of-the-loop`…strange!

  • Martin

    Damn shame you chose to do these cloths as either for police or for private security guards. Sound business sense no doubt – some readers will buy 2 copies of AP so they have one of each. But what about the less well-off among us, for whom the weekly AP is a luxury we can barely afford? Also, readers in isolated areas with few shops may only be able to find one type of cloth.

    I suggest you do this again: but do the police cloth with one issue, then the private security one with the other. Or do a universal cloth. I’m glad you’re helping us stick up for our rights – but I find your methods unfortunate.

  • Charles MASSIE

    I’m an overseas subscriber so I don’t qualify for a lens cloth (altho’ other mags send cd’s..!!). I do however visit the UK fairly regularly & would be interested in buying these cloths. Is there any possibility of doing this?

  • Avi S. Adelman

    How can we order one to be delivered to the other side of the pond?

  • OT_under_the _collar

    It’s a pity you didn’t release the 2 lens cloths over 2 weeks then we would be able to buy and enjoy 2 separate magazines, in stead of buying the same one twice.

  • Peter Paredes

    This is a great idea and I think many photographers would find it useful! 🙂 However I feel it a little disappointing that you need to buy TWO copies of the magazine in order to get a cloth stating your rights with the police and with security guards. I don’t expect 2 free cloths but surely you could have printed one set of rights on one side of the cloth and the other set of rights on the other side?

  • Thomas Pain Jnr.

    Well done, I missed it first time around. Get to know your UK0F* rights.

    *United Kingdom of Fascism.

  • DesE Gershon

    this has to be the most useful photographers’ accessory yet-amateur or professional!

  • Steve Brown

    Have you ever come across a private security guard that looked as though he could read? Should have been an MP3 in a loud and threatening voice!