When Is Not Okay To Take A Photograph?

I’ve heard this question so many times and I think its mostly to do with your own moral code.

There are a few things you shouldn’t take photographs of. Here are some of them:

  • People in private property without permission is illegal so don’t do this unless you have that permission.
  • If you are in a public place no one can stop, you from taking photos just don’t take anything thats vulgar or degrading as in that case you should be stopped.
  • You are allowed to take photos of people in a public place especially if they are unidentifiable. If someone asks you to delete an image you have taken you do not have to do it. But taking your own safety into regard if the person asking you is in the photo and only them, I would delete it as chances are you will find a better image just around the corner.
  • Morally unless I’m photographing an event, I would not take photos of children without parental consent. I just feel that you shouldn’t do that because it comes across as creepy.
  • Homeless people are up for massive debate when you see this question some photographers will and some won’t. Just think about how would you feel if you were homeless and someone took a picture of you.
  • I also think you shouldn’t take photos of someone who has some deteriorating condition without permission as its not really fair or ethical on the person.
  • Also, if I see someone in an emotionally unstable state, I won’t take a picture. How would you feel if you were crying on the street and you later saw a picture of yourself in that state? Photographing someone who’s emotional is okay in a play, at a wedding or a christening but in a public place you really shouldn’t photograph them.

What are your thoughts on this?

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