In the US, does a person photographing private property (houses, farms etc.) while standing on public ground (road, park etc.) commit any offence? If they do not, will they commit any offence by publishing the photos (think Streisand effect)? There are a couple of similar questions here (one, two) but those are for Australia.
Please also consider these variations:
- The owner of the property (or security staff etc.) comes out and asks to stop (or even demands to delete the photos) — can the photographer legally ignore them?
- Telephoto lens and tripod is used — potentially capable of zooming into details of what is inside the property. To avoid digging too deep into this let's assume that if something really private is caught on the camera (e.g. couple having sex), the photographer only keeps the pictures but never publishes them;
- People are in the frame, e.g. a man mowing his lawn;
- Special property (e.g. military base, power plant, railways etc.) is in the frame.
If the answer varies greatly from state to state, please focus on Tennessee, North/South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.