The trip to the pool on Monday morning served as a good object lesson for Tim Morley’s sports photography class.
After asking permission to enter the pool area, the photographers began shooting away. Fifteen minutes later, one of the lifeguards asked if the class had asked the four swimmers their permission to shoot them.
We had not.
The entire class was too focused on capturing the shot and working their cameras to think of this one vital technicality.
Upset, the lifeguard kicked the class out.
This incident brings up an interesting legal discussion: despite the pool being on public property, access to the pool is controlled. Therefore, access for journalists can also be regulated.