let me share my fair share of "no photography".
most of the time, i'm left untouched.
I'm not sure really is it because i'm female, and i dont look like a professional photographer perhaps.
even though i'm using a camera bigger than my face(ok lah, exaggerate a bit lah), but i'm seldom told no photography.
the only time was at rail mall.was doing a casual shoot cause a friend dropped by from Australia.we were not even shooting anything that shows the shops, we were at the side wall beside harry's bar, and was told by a b**** no photo taking.
i question why and she said it was a private property.i really wanted to contest that, but my friend dragged me off.i really feel like throwing my dslr and smashing her face because she was utterly rude.she was anticipating me to be aggressive i reckon, hence her initial reaction.
i've shot in many 5 star hotels, most of the time, i'm a guest there.
no probs at all, just that you cannot take out your giant reflectors or portable flash system like the broncolor or profotos or eliinchrom.other than that, a few point and fire shots, they dont even bother with me.
and guess what guys?you need official permission EVEN if you're shooting casually in botanic gardens.
my friend did a shoot there recently and he actually wrote in for permission.
same rules apply, other than your camera, everything else must be handheld.no light stands, no reflector stands.
i have to agree, singapore is really becoming super photography unfriendly.
nowadays, before i do a shoot, i tend to write in for official permission.even if there's a need to pay and if i can shoot in peace, i'll do it.
honestly... what is it in SG that ppl are afraid of ppl shooting?