How would you feel if you couldn’t photograph your food at a restaurant? Would you still want to eat there? I was disappointed not to photograph my food at Per Se, but then it was Per Se, so it was an exception. I would think twice about eating somewhere if I couldn’t take photos. I’m not obnoxious about it though. I just use my phone to take photos and if I can get a decent picture without flash, I don’t use it. I can see how it would get annoying to other customers if one is there with a tripod and huge lens, etc. But is it any more annoying than customers having phone conversations? I think it should be up to the restaurant, whatever its culture/policy is, but I do think that a lot of people want to blog today and that restaurant may miss out on potential diners if they do prohibit photography.
Who I AmDina Di Maio, author of Authentic Italian: The Real Story of Italy's Food and Its People; Writer 20+ years; NY lawyer copyright and trademark experience
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