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  • Ethical guidance for Photography

    Posted by Chetna R Shah on February 27, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Sir, Kindly throw some light on the ethical guidelines to remember while photography specially People and Street photography.. whenever I try to capture a natural image of human beings sitting/waiting/interecting etc. in public place, I feel a kind of pressure of doing something wrong ethically..and because of that I need to be in haste for camera setting! What’s the right way if we want to take natural pictures of people and their surroundings without making them cameraconcious/uncomfortable.

    I mean it’s not possible to take permission from random people..

    Please suggest!? Is there any easy way out ?

    @sudhir Sir

    @All the experienced photographers.


    Chetna R Shah replied 1 year, 4 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Pankaj Sisodia

    February 27, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Hi, this is very subjective. Depends on various elements in my opinion. If someone is in public space, then there should not be any issues if someone clicks their photos, as long as we do not interfere with their private space. Second, major element is – cultural aspect. Not every religion/locality is open minded, there are conservative people. If there is a group of kids, youth, they do not mind mostly. Also, how we approach for the photoshoot is also critical, any mysterious move can be a problem. And best is we must encourage ourselves to go and get the consent.
    This is in my point of view, others may differ.
    Thank you!

    Edit: One suggestion: Get a 70-200mm lens, one of the best for portrait and street photography, with this lens you need not get very close to someone. ????

    • Chetna R Shah

      February 28, 2023 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Pankaj! for responding and the lense advise also..????

      Yes that’s true ,,it’s basically subjective aspect and I think the most critical part of people photography.. I’m sure I’ll be able to develop that kind of ability/knack soon to move out of comfort zone and be bold(carefully) to take meaningful images while being a part of the public place as a photographer. @sisodiapankajgmail-com

      Thanks..and Happy Shooting!????

    • Pramod Ramamoorthy

      February 28, 2023 at 11:47 am

      On top of Pankaj’s response. I would ask myself the purpose, if it is for social media then I would read the local law and also take the local sentiment to see if it is okay for me to take pictures in public and post them without any issues.

      • Pankaj Sisodia

        February 28, 2023 at 2:39 pm

        Oh yes, very important point – local laws. Freedom of person v/s freedom of expressions, how to define the limit.

      • Chetna R Shah

        March 2, 2023 at 7:13 am

        Thanks for participating in the discussion @Pramod

        Yes that’s definitely a point to be considered.

  • Chetna R Shah

    March 2, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Hello, While surfing the internet for this particular aspect of “street photography” I came to know that our constitution (talking about India) allows us to take photographs of people/individual person in “public places” where photography is not ‘explicitly prohibited.’

    We don’t need to be worried about anything much until & unless we are using them for commercial or any illegal purposes.

    Obviously it’s always nice & gentle idea to let people know that they are being clicked, but I’m concerned about the situation where taking permission is not possible and purpose of clicking is just learning.

    Anyways this topic is basically related to “fundamental rights” so I have decided to discuss about it with any legal person once I get hold of main subject that is ‘Camera Settings’.

    Thank you very much to both of you for writing your thoughts. ????

    @Pramod Pankaj @Pramod @sisodiapankajgmail-com

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