I’m sure most of you have read the article at The New York Times on the food photography ban in upscale restaurants. Photography has exploded in the last year, everyone is buying DSLR cameras because they have become a lot more affordable and especially with the entry level full frame cameras out there (D600, 6D) that a lot of people are started to get involved more into photography.
A lot of amateurs and tourists are bringing their DSLR cameras into these restaurants and while that is fine, they are using flash and some are bringing their speedlights and even some of them are standing on their chairs to shoot straight down at the plate. That isn’t OK in my books, that to me is a little rude and disrespectful to other people trying to enjoy their meals.
The picture above I took at a restaurant with my D7000 and 17-55 2.8 lens and that lens isn’t the most portable but its what I had with me at the time and I didn’t use flash, I used natural lighting with high ISO. If your camera has a quiet mode then you should totally use that so you’re more discrete and not bothering people trying to enjoy their meals.
Now back the article talking about high end, upscale restaurants banning photography and you know what? I kind of agree with them, if you’re going to eat at a 5 star restaurant, leave your camera at home and just enjoy your meal. If you want to take a picture of your plate..then use your phone but just disable the shutter sound and not use the flash that way you probably wouldn’t even be noticed.
If you’re eating at one of many popular restaurants like the Texas Roadhouse, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, etc..most of them don’t care that you bring in your DSLR camera and some of them do encourage photography in their restaurants. In fact, Texas Roadhouse allows flash photography and I’ve seen many people use their flashes in these type of restaurants, heck, I even seen someone using their iPad!
At the end of the day if you’re going to eat at a high end restaurant, leave your camera at home and enjoy your meal. However, if you’re going to eat at say Applebee’s or Texas Roadhouse..then bring your camera and snap away if you want.