We shot a dance recital yesterday for a studio that we've been shooting for for something like 5 years now. And every year, the studio hands out a memo before the recital and makes an annoucement during the recital that they are in a contract with a professional videographer and that outside videos are not allowed.
And what do you think happens every year?
Yeah, you guessed it.
People decide that the rule must not apply to them. They simply don't want to pay for a video so it's okay for them to pull out their camera and tape whatever they want to! That rule must be for other people less important than they are.
One ijit, yesterday, set up his flamin' tripod four feet from mine!!! For two of the three shows! I wanted to go and crack him over the head! Now, to give him the benefit of the doubt (which I'm only doing because, well, I'm not a complete ogre) he might have thought I was just another parent with a camera.......a parent with a HUGE, really expensive camera and a HUGE tripod that just so happens to be an exact match to that other guys HUGE camera and tripod who was standing on the other side of the back of the auditorium.......a parent who just happened to be standing on a step stool.......and MANNING THE VIDEOGRAPHY BOOTH IN THE FRONT LOBBY!!!
Honestly, originally we had the "no outside videotaping" in our contract to assure that we would meet our minimum sales for show copies and, really, the few people who don't buy don't effect our sales all that much. The thing that bugs me more than anything else is the mindset that is so prevalent in society today that the rules don't apply to you if you don't want them to. If the rules make you uncomfortable or inconvenience you in any way, or cost you a little extra money or time, don't worry about following them!
Maybe that's why I feel the world is going to hell in a handbasket.