The Italian town of Positano is one of the travel destinations adored by photographers and tourists because of its colorful and dynamic scenery. If you want to know how Landscape Photographer Elia Locardi photographed Positano and many other beautiful locations, check out Fstoppers' latest tutorial "Photographing the World 3." But before that, you need to be aware of the new taxes imposed by city council of the beautiful Italian town, regarding permits for photography and video.
The administration demands a payment of 1,000 euros for a permit for photographers, and 2,000 euros for filmmakers, if the final images and video footage will be used for commercial purposes. Whether or not you shoot with a DSLR, medium format, mirrorless, cinema camera, or a cellphone, you have to pay the tax if you plan to make money with the files from your devices. The council assures that amateur photographers won't be required to pay anything, but will be able to freely take photographs and videos. People who are filming and taking pictures for television programs, documentaries, magazines, or newspapers also won't be charged with that tax too. Wedding photographers have to apply for a free permit at least 10 days before the event.
The question is how can the authorities make a difference between the photographers and filmmakers who would use the imagery for commercial purposes from those who won't?
[via Amateur Photographer]