Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s scenic vistas are inspiring to many amateur and professional photographers.
Most visitors take snapshots of their visit. This is considered casual use and does not require a film permit. It is typified by an individual or group of individuals taking pictures, either still or moving, for personal use.
In some cases permits may be required.
Still photography requires a film permit when one or more of the following situations apply:
- use of models or props which are not part of a site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities are involved. Family or wedding portraits taken by professional photographers would be considered use of “models” as would products placed at the site. Props include reflectors, bounce cards, sound booms, or similar equipment
- if such photography takes place at locations where members of the public are generally not allowed
- if it occurs where additional administrative costs are likely
Commercial still photography (photographs of scenery or wildlife) for magazine articles, advertisements, books, calendars, postcards, etc., does not require a film permit if none of the above criteria apply. This includes photographs that may have products or models superimposed on them later.
Moving photography (filming) requires a film permit when documentaries, television programs, feature films; advertisements, wildlife filming, or similar projects result in a commercial product.
Student filming projects do not require a filming permit as long as the activity would not adversely impact public lands. Students need to submit a proposal in writing, with verification from the educational institution that it is a required project.