As much as you may like to photograph everything and anything while traveling in Iran, there are certain rules that should be followed so that you can enjoy photographing your journey. In Iran, the sensations around you are overwhelming to say the least – and finding yourself in such a visually inspiring environment can be incredibly exciting for photographers of all levels. Due to Iran’s geographic location, you’ll be exposed to a plethora of cultures, beliefs, and environments. Here are some tips to keep in mind for photography in Iran while traveling.


Iran Photography Tips:


1. Avoid photographing government buildings or military and police

In Iran, you’re prohibited from photographing and filming government buildings, military sites and checkpoints, and military vehicles, nor post photos and videos of these on social media. Photographing forbidden sites in Iran can get you in a lot of trouble. Doing so can attract fines and even imprisonment. If you are not sure, just ask. Don’t try to take photos secretively, as this might make you even more suspicious.


2. Don’t take photos of locals without permission

That is a big no-no wherever you’re travelling. While people in certain parts of Iran may dress differently than Westerners that doesn’t mean it is ok to take their photos without permission. Keep in mind you may have to give a tip for taking a photo in some touristic places like Abyaneh.


3. Obtain permission to bring drone in Iran

It is not advisable to bring your drone into the country unless you are able to obtain permission before entering Iran. If you would like to enter Iran with a drone, then please inform yourself about the current safety regulations via the Foreign Office. In case of bring drone in Iran with permission, you should leave the drone on the ground at the following locations:

  • Protected areas
  • Tehran (complete drone ban)
  • Near military facilities
  • surrounding (nuclear) power plants
  • Near police stations


4. Flash photography is not allowed in museums

Like anywhere else, museums in Iran generally cite concerns that camera flashes can damage the objects. Some precious objects are indeed sensitive to light, which speeds up chemical reactions that break them down. As a result, the lighting in museums and galleries is carefully controlled to minimize damage. Besides, it could be distracting to other visitors or could possibly compromise the place’s safety. That’s why flash photography in Iran is not allowed in museums.


5. Never leave Belongings Unattended

Your camera equipment isn’t just some electronic device that helps you capture amazing photos and scenery. That equipment is capturing your adventure and your story, and that is worth more than anything in the world. That’s why you cannot leave your belongings unattended anywhere.

To read more about visiting Iran, click through to continue reading Guide to Travel in Iran.

Have you photographed in Iran or want to ask a question? Feel free to do so in the comments below.

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