Taking Photos at Apple Store.

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  1. rockandrule macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know if you can take photos at an Apple Store? I need to get some pictures for my digital design class, because I am doing a newsletter project on MWSF and I wanted to get some pictures of the products. Does anyone have any clue if this would be permitted? I can't use copywritten material and I definitely can't use 72ppi images off of the good ol' internet.
    Thanks for any replies.
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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    walk in ask the store manager , sure it will be ok
     
  3. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I'd say unlikely but it's always worth asking.

    Many shops have a policy of not allowing photography within their stores to prevent industrial espionage (sure, you can't stop competitors visiting your shops, but you can stop them taking pictures to distribute to the relevant departments in their business)

    Even if you tell them it's for an edu project, you may be out of luck - since the manager only has your say-so on it. I work for a major retailer where we've had 'students' call/email and ask for information on various merchandise/catalogue/internet strategies. It's amazing how often you can track them back to an agency working for one of our competitors! (sheer disbelief at how dumb some of these people are!)

    If it's product images that you need, I'm sure that some people's desk set-ups here would probably show everything you needed and they could send you it at a high resolution!
     
  4. ExoticFish macrumors 6502a

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    i usually take pictures at Apple store openings and it never seems to be a problem.
     
  5. wPod macrumors 68000

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    do what i do, get a small camera, like the pentax optio S, hide it somewhere, like an altoids tin. then sneak in, hide it in your hand click a pick then leave!!! a lot of fun, but you are probably safter to ask the store manager first.
     
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    Take a couple of buddies with you. Get them to distract the staff with stupid questions ("Can I get this iMac in orange?" "Can I connect my microwave to my iPod?") and take photos whilst their backs are turned.

    Hopefully it won't be a problem - just explain why you want to take photos. Or follow Edot's suggestion and just raid Apple's PR photos.
     
  8. rockandrule thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, guess I'll definitely call before I drive an hour away to the store. I wish I could use the PR photos, but my teacher freaks out about the whole copyright-infringment stuff (as she should), and I need them at at least 300ppi.

    Maybe I'll just find a thread of pictures of everyone's products. And of course, ask them if i can use a picture of their product. All I have right now is a iPod Mini and my girlfriend's G5, and neither of those have anything to do with a newsletter on MWSF.

    I still don't understand why we just can't put "courtesy of:" or something like that. We're not going to be publishing this stuff. grrr
     
  9. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Might be worth an email to the PR person responsible for the pics you want to use and ask if you can use them

    You could then attach that to your project so showing the teacher you know the proper route to take.
     
  10. Edot macrumors 6502

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    Did you even go to the site? The PR pictures are meant for media. You are allowed to use them as long as you are not using them for profit. The images I downloaded are 400ppi. Apple wants you to use these images instead of trying to sneak in an take low quality images of your own. That's why this site exists, so they can represent there products the way they want. I don't understand why you aren't using these. :confused:
     
  11. Deefuzz macrumors 6502a

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    Excluding taking pictures of the front of the store, or during a grand opening. I have taken pictures inside an Apple store with no problems.

    When visiting Chicago last summer I went to the Michigan Avenue store armed with my camera and took a plethora of digital images. Not one person said anything to me about it. Could be because the store was packed...Could be because it is somewhat of a tourist attraction in itself :)

    I may feel a little silly taking pics of a store, but no one mentioned anything to me about it. If you are apprehensive at all I too would reccommend speaking with an employee or manager beforehand.

    Or do what I did and just start taking pictures, if it is frowned upon I am sure they will let you know.
     
  12. solvs macrumors 603

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    You can use the PR images, but I understand your Prof's concern. He doesn't want to get sued. You could just walk in and start taking pictures. If anyone walks up to you, just tell them what you're doing. I doubt they'd make a big deal. Especially if you bought something. There's always CompUSA too, but not as nice a display.

    The other option is to ask around, see if you can get people to e-mail you their setups. But then there's the whole copyright issue...
     
  13. James L macrumors 6502a

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    Dude,

    Just walk in and start clicking. This year I have been in the Apple store in SoHo New York and in San Francisco... I have pictures in both, and even video in one of my wife pretending to steal a product!

    :)

    Not one person said a thing, and in one one of the staff posed with the missus.

    Have fun!

    James
     
  14. panphage macrumors 6502

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    Those PR pictures are for PR. They are meant to be used. Unless your prof is selling your project or apple products you are fine. I'd think ol' Professor would be more comfortable having you use images with clear terms of use than going all James Bond at a retail location.
     
  15. Doctor Q Administrator

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    They have always asked me to stop taking photos IN the store (photos from outside are fine). But they don't make you erase your photos (or rip your film out of the camera), and they don't escort you out. So take what you like until/unless they ask you to stop.
     
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    Which reminds me of a story...

    My son likes video games (big surprise, huh?) so we decided to make our own adventure game in Flash. We wanted familiar locations so we went around taking photos in the neighborhood, including in our local hardware store. A manager (who knew me as a regular customer) came and asked why I was taking photos in the store. I explained that we were getting background shots for a home-made computer game. He wandered away with the strangest, puzzled look on his face! :)
     
  17. mymemory macrumors 68020

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    In the time you spend writting this thread you could find the phone number of the Apple Store and ask the question to the manager directly DUH!
     
  18. besler3035 macrumors 6502

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    You cannot take pictures off the internet of anything, as you are violating copyright laws. Unless you ask Apple yourself, and have an agreement with them, you are not allowed to use pictures off their website, even if it is the PR website.

    I work for a newspaper and we are not allowed to take any pictures online, even if we say Courtesy of, because technically, they haven't given us courtesy to use them.

    Definitely ask the Apple guy at the store to avoid any lawsuit, especially if this project of your's may be something that reaches other people.
     
  19. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Here's the agreement you have to agree to in order to download product images off the PR site:

    Link

    As far as I know, you can use images for as long as you are not making profit off of them and give credit to the appropriate copyright holder(s). I'm not a lawyer, so I'm not 100% sure of this.
     
  20. keithpetey macrumors member

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    im pretty sure you are allowed to. when i was at the apple store getting my ipod there was a kid with his girl and he just asked one of the managers if it was cool if he took pictures and the guy said it was cool.
     
  21. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Apple's retail store picture taking policy has changed. I don't know when it changed, but it has.

    A "genius" stopped me from taking pictures either last year or the year before. I think it was in the Woodfield Mall store.

    A month or two ago I was in the Southdale Mall store with my nephew and niece. I asked a salesperson if it was okay to take pictures. She checked with the manager. She told me it's okay and that their picture-taking policy had changed. I took a few pictures of my nephew and niece playing / learning / working on the eMacs, and some more of them wearing headphones trying out iPods.
     
  22. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    They have cameras in the store that you can use. You could use their nice cameras to take pictures then save them to your .Mac account. :)
     
  23. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    The display cameras don't have memory cards. If you put your own CF / SD / MS media into a display camera, it'd look like you're pilfering when you remove it.
     
  24. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    I know for a fact that the ones at the Michigan Ave. Store have memory cards because I took pictures with them and then posted them on this site. ;)

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    Pictures from Apple Store Michigan Ave. (From their cameras).
     
  25. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Just tell them what you're doing, they should be fine with that. In fact this is a recommended method for shopping around for items like digital cameras or camcorders. You're supposed to buy a card (or miniDV tape) and bring it to the store and ask them to let you take some test pictures/footage, then bring it home to evaluate.
     

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