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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is a museum and educational institution whose primary mission is to preserve and promote the site in order 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 you visit the site.

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 (social media, community exhibitions, photography websites), or are taking photos of people (family photos, senior photos, engagement shoots, etc) MUST fill out the Photography Policy application form and PAY THE FEE outlined below.
Amateur photography sessions need to be scheduled in advance. We have many events taking place that may limit availability to some areas of the site. Photo shoots are allowed during regular operating hours only.
For more questions or availability, please contact Ty Malugani, Education Coordinator, at tyler.malugani@birminghamal.gov.
If you consider yourself an amateur, but receive payment for your work, please read over the section below 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. Commercial and professional photography are not reflected in our mission. However, Sloss Furnaces does not prohibit this type of work, but 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 and MUST fill out the application form within this policy before taking photographs.
If artistic photographs of Sloss are to be exhibited, 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. Photo shoots are allowed during regular operating hours only.
For questions or availability, please contact Ty Malugani, Education Coordinator, at tyler.malugani@birminghamal.gov.

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. Credit must be given to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in all such work. Donations are strongly encouraged 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 Ty Malugani, Education Coordinator at tyler.malugani@birminghamal.gov before bringing their class and include the number of students they are bringing as well as ensure all rules are followed. The fee for photography classes to come to Sloss Furnaces is $2 per student.

FILM SHOOTS

If you are interested in scheduling a film shoot, please contact Ty Malugani, Education Coordinator at tyler.malugani@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.
If you are interested in scheduling a drone shoot at Sloss Furnaces, please contact Ty Malugani, Education Coordinator at tyler.malugani@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.

PHOTOGRAPHY FEES:

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY:
A. Amateur photography: $20 for up to 3 hours

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

A. For Crews up to 5 people, including models: $35/hour $150/day
B. For Crews of 6-10 people, including models: $50/hour $200/day
C. For Crews of 11-15 people, including models: $75/hour $300/day
D. For Crews of more than 15 people, including models: $125/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 up to 15 people, including actors: $100/hour $500/day
B. For Crews of 16-25 people, including actors: $175/hour $750/day
C. For Crews of more than 25 people, including actors: $300/hour $1,500/day
D. Support vehicles, including trailers: $100/day
E. Additional fees may apply for extended hours, access to closed areas, or if permitted, any temporary modifications to the site.

DRONE USAGE:

A: Drones taking still photographs: $25/hour $100/day
B: Drones taking film/video: $75/hour $300/day

 

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.