photo etiquette 101.
lucinda, a reader and fellow blogger recently wrote to me, curious about the proper etiquette for photographing shops, galleries, stores, etc. Do you ask ahead for permission? Do you just shoot? Can you write a blog post about such a topic? Shooting strangers on the street – how do you handle that?
When I enter a shop intent on blogging about it, I always introduce myself, hand them a card, and ask if I might write about the shop and take a few photos. I never just start snapping away. Rarely does anyone mind, but I think it’s nice to ask. I don’t necessarily think you need to ask to blog, or write about a place you’re excited to share, but you could look at it as an opportunity to find out more about the destination from the owner, something interesting you may not have known about before speaking with someone in the know. But, there’s not always time for that, and getting a daily blog out everyday leaves little time for many phone calls, and we are all in our perfect right to write about what we like.
as far as sharing a photo of a person on your blog without permission, it’s a tough call, but it’s probably a nice thing to ask. it may not always be an option, though. i guess i rarely run into this situation, unless it’s an event like an art show, in which case i have shown photos of strangers in the background. i mostly show ‘things’ i’ve photographed, not people. the subject came up in my photography class tonight, and the law roughly states that if it’s a public place it’s okay to photograph others in a public place, but it certainly should never be done in a malicious way, and not to be sold or to make a profit. but if it’s private property (i.e. a library, or a museum, some one’s home etc.) and/or you plan on making a profit from that photo in some way, you should ask permission of both the property owners and the people you’re photographing and obtain releases
*above photos from tail of the yak.