Nevada based photographers (past or present), please point me to resources for information specific to photography in Nevada, or if you can share direct experience that would also be helpful. I am still fairly new to Nevada, and photography in general, and trying to learn as much as possible.
I have read the N.R.S. statute on Right of Publicity. While I understand it, I still have questions on it.
How is it affected by a subject (person) who is not a Nevada resident?
Where does self-promotion (portfolio, in-studio advertising, brochures/business cards, etc.) fit in with commercial use?
Do celebrities/public figures/performing artists have special rights?
Are there any special restrictions/considerations when photographing a casino (outside, casino floor, rooms), Red Rock, FSE, etc.? (for weddings, model shoots, casual/tourist shooting, etc.)
Any advice for working with nightclubs, casinos, models, promotion companies?
Any groups/forums you recommend joining other than NCC and LV PAC?
I will finish by saying I have done a lot of research in forums and governmental sites on privacy rights, copyright, and licensing in general. I'm looking for Nevada specific regulations and experiences. I've also worked security at a casino and understand about photography and trespassing.
First off, Get Good Insurance, 2 mil General Liability, Add as Riders, Clark County, Cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, Also Add the State of Nevada and The Federal Parks service.
Any Commercial shoot on Public land requires a Filming permit. Get one, The County is super easy, take about 15 minutes. They will even provide police and fire support. I have closed down Las Vegas Blvd for shoots and had a great time! I have made fireballs on BLM land, with no fear of being arrested.
I learned the hard way about permit$.
As far as the rest goes, Take photos inside a casino and get caught, your equipment will be taken and destroyed.
When I was in Vegas in 2010 I took some photos of people at machines. I was using a DSLR, flash with attached lightbox, and a monopod. I asked the folks at the machines first, showed them what I was doing, got a release (though I might need a property release from the manufacturers since the machines are clearly shown) and snapped. Had a casino employee come over (MGM Grand), ask, I explained, showed him release. He gave me a card and told me to show any other employee who asked. I wasn't really showing any faces. And I wasn't trying to snap anyone who looked like a career gambler. Tourist looks.
As someone noted - when the place was run by the Mob, it was likely a different story. Today those places want every piece of good publicity they can get.
Uhhhhh...this is a really huge exaggeration. You aren't allowed by casinos to photograph in them without permission but nobody I've ever heard of has ever had camera equipment destroyed for snapping a few shots off. I've been taking pictures in Las Vegas for over 30 years and the only time I've ever heard of such a thing was always relayed as, "I heard from a friend who knew this guy who was brothers with this photographer who...." The worst thing that will happen is that they will politely ask you to leave the property or stop shooting. 9 times out of 10, a smile, a handshake, and polite request will get casinos bending over backward for you too. I've rolled into casinos with wedding couples before, asked to see a pit boss and requested we get some photos on a blackjack or craps table and they are more than accommodating when they know what you are up to.
Same here, I show up, I ask and then there is their reply.
Worst reply was "NO, take your gear with you and leave and don't return unless it's not with you". Sneaking in a few frames with pro-gear is not recommended. Small point and shoot cameras and looking like a tourist will at worst get you to erase the images you took but there's always a way to bring those images back so just comply and cut it out.
I'd say 95% of places in Vegas are cool if you just ask and briefly give them the overall plan rundown.