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September 12, 2010 8:38 AM Subscribe
How can I "do the right thing" as a photographer?
posted by mentalmouse to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a budding photographer, interested in candid pictures of subjects who don't always know they're my subject....what what happens when they figure it out and don't like it?
Is there a code of ethics for photographers? When is it frowned upon to take pictures, if ever?
Or should I hand such people something telling them I can take pictures of them and their small children in a public place? Is there such a set of rules or standards lawfully stating this?
And how do I deal with the annoyed people? Shrug and say "too bad"? Should I apologize to someone in the mall or on the street and delete the pictures?
If I have a picture taken in a public place, including but not limited to a street setting, a store which has no problem with me taking pictures, etc., can I sell those pictures or use them for self promotion? If I ask someone to cooperate with a picture taking, and they have no problem with it (for example, someone joking around that yes I can take their picture and they toss their hair or pose), should I present them with a model release form of some kind?
What's the right thing to do? And how do I hopefully not get kicked out of places for possibly upsetting their patrons?
(I'm not professional, as I said above, but someday I might want to be - the pictures I take now could possibly be used later as self promotion, which is why I ask)