Jennifer is a member of our new Geeks community. She recently started a discussion about this very topic. As a photographer, she feels torn at times about her ‘rights’ to shoot pictures as she wishes, and the rights of those she’s snapping pics of. So, I put this question to people over on FriendFeed, to see what they think, as well.
I never do it without permission. Ever. – l0ckergn0me
I ask.. there are a few exceptions but if someone is the main subject of my shots, I ask. I know I don’t have to, but I do. It just feels like the right thing to do. Maybe I’ll get over it… I realize it seems old-fashioned, but I think it’s somehow connected to the old idea that photographers "take" pictures not "make" them. – Anthony Citrano
Shoot first, ask questions later? – klecu
Definitely not … you need to get people in the moment – Nick O’Neill
My problem is if I see some one I want a picture of I think I ruin the mood of the picture by going up to them and asking. – Colide81
I was out with an acquaintance who; after having his picture snapped smashed the camera "Elvis style" all over the side walk.After a few short tense moments I suggested that he reimburse the man (in exchange for him not calling the police).So, I would ask because while its unlikely some one else would react the way that shaved ape did, you never know… – J. Abdul-Qahhar
very true. – Colide81
The community seems divided on this issue, just like photographers are. What do you think? Should go up and ask a random person their permission to photograph them in all instances, or are there times it’s ok not to?