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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is a unique museum and educational institution. Our primary mission is to preserve and promote the site to educate and expose visitors to Southern industrial history. Photography fees and donations go directly to education programs. Whether you are a professional or amateur, Sloss Furnaces provides a wonderfully unique setting for photography of any kind. If you are intending on taking photographs of or on the site, please read over this information before your visit.

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PERSONAL USE

Visitors to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark who would like to take photographs of the site for personal use (to remember/document their trip, show to family and friends, hang in their homes) are encouraged to do so at NO CHARGE. While we still recommend visiting our Visitor’s Center, you do not need to fill out a Photography Policy application form.

‘STUDIO’ PHOTOGRAPHY

For types of photography usually done inside of a studio (prom/homecoming photographs, family portraits, senior photographs) taken by EITHER a professional (or paid) or an unpaid amateur, you must PAY THE FEE and also FILL OUT THE FORM.

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION, SCHOLARLY, OR STUDENT USE

Sloss Furnaces encourages scholars, researchers, planners, and students to use imagery of the site as it reflects in their work (reports, essays, articles, school projects) at NO CHARGE. You must give credit to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in all such work. We strongly encourage donations as all donated money goes toward the Sloss Education fund. Please bring your Student or Faculty ID card from your academic institution. All MUST fill out a Photography Policy application form before taking pictures.

Instructors of photography classes MUST contact Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov before bringing their class. Please include the number of students you are bringing as well as ensure all rules are followed. The fee for photography classes to come to Sloss Furnaces is $2 per student.

AMATEURS

Sloss Furnaces defines amateur photographers as someone who uses professional equipment to take photographs, but does not receive any money or compensation for their product. Any amateur photographer who plans to exhibit their photographs to the public in any way MUST fill out the Photography Policy application form. We ask for a DONATION for using the site and to help fund our education programs.

If you consider yourself an amateur, but receive payment for your work, please read the section on commercial and professional use.

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR COMMERCIAL OR PROFESSIONAL USE

As an historic site, Sloss Furnaces realizes that its site can provide a textural background for commercial or professional photographers. However, our mission does not reflect commercial and professional photography in it. For that reason, Sloss Furnaces reserves the right to restrict or limit access to the site as it compromises our mission. Photographers taking photographs for commercial or professional use MUST PAY THE FEE based on the number of personnel and equipment used outlined in this Photography Policy. Furthermore, you MUST fill out the application form within this policy before taking photographs.

If you plan to exhibit artistic photographs of Sloss, full credit must be given to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.

Professional photography sessions (engagements, family photographs, portraits, or portfolio building) need to be scheduled in advance. We have many events taking place that may limit availability to some areas of the site. We allow photo shoots only during regular operating hours.
For questions or availability, please contact Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov.

FILM SHOOTS

You must schedule film shoots with Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov before filming. Sloss Furnaces requires filmmakers to PAY THE FEE outlined in this Photography Policy, and they MUST fill out the application form within this policy.

You MUST schedule drone filming/flying with Karen Utz, Curator/Historian at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov before filming/flying. Sloss Furnaces requires drone pilots to PAY THE FEE outlined in this Photography Policy, they MUST fill out the application form within this policy, and they must prove they are registered with the FAA.

FEES

‘STUDIO’ PHOTOGRAPHY:
A. Amateur (unpaid) ‘studio’ photography: $20 for up to 3 hours
B. Professional (paid) ‘studio’ photography: See Professional Rates Below

DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY:
A. Drones taking still photographs: $25/hour $80/day

PROFESSIONAL/COMMERCIAL SITE PHOTOGRAPHY (for advertisement, catalogues, or portfolios, social media):

A. For Crews totaling 5 people, including models: $25/hour $75/day
B. For Crews more than 5 people, including models: $35/hour $125/day
C. For Crews more than 10 people, including models: $55/hour $250/day
D. For Crews more than 15 people, including model: $100/hour $500/day
E. Support vehicles, such as motor homes: $75/day
F. Additional fees may apply for extended hours, access to closed areas, or if permitted, any temporary modifications to the site.

VIDEO/FILM WITHIN THE SITE FOR COMMERCIAL OR THEATRICAL
RELEASE:

A. For Crews totaling 15 people, including actors: $50/hour $250/day
B. For Crews more than 15 people, including actors: $100/hour $500/day
C. For Crews more than 25 people, including actors: $200/hour $1,000/day
D. Support vehicles, including trailers: $100/day
E. Drone Video Footage: $50/hour $250/day
F. Additional fees may apply for extended hours, access to closed areas, or if permitted, any temporary modifications to the site.

 

THERE CAN BE NO CHANGING OUTFITS IN THE VISITOR CENTER.

 

The policy can be found here: Photography Policy and Application Form or at the Front Desk in the Visitor’s Center.