Photographing strangers

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  1. a1157814a

    a1157814a TPF Noob!

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    I want to make a portfolio of strangers at random places doing everyday things... I read that it isn't illegal to photograph strangers without permission (although I plan on actually asking for some shoots that I want), but how do I deal with that? What I mean is that... if I was for example, at a restaurant and I want to take pics of a person sitting across me but if I just start talking pics, she/he might be all creeped out, but then if I ask for permission, it takes out all the 'natural everyday emotions' ?
     
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    take the picture as you are about to leave so that way they don't get the chance to be creeped out. if you don't want to be so underhanded you can take a couple of quick pictures then just explain.
     
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    Maybe you should just ask permission or maybe i dont know how old you are but you can tell people it's a school project. That for "school" you have to photograph people doing everyday things.:lol:
    Give it a try:thumbup:
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You can take pictures of people in a public area.

    It is illegal to publish, you will have to verify what "publish" mean, the images without their consent (if they are recognizable).
     
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    It is perfectly legal to publish photos of people without their permission, the only case where you have to have a release is for advertising.
     
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    It's best to deck yourself out in camoflage. Be sure to wear a slouch hat with branches on it. Creep slowly across any venue. It helps to sing the theme to mission impossible.

    Yes, I'm joking. It's been a long day. :)
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    ... and if you say your name is "James Bond" no one will recognize that name and figure out who you are.
     
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    as brian gilden says "its my movie, and I photograph, usually people dont get upset, if they do, i explain... they might find me rude, but i have good bedside manner, so i just explain"

    posted a million times: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkIWW6vwrvM[/ame]
     
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    None of this is legitimate here without specifying what country it's for, as it varies from country/state to country/state...
     
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    I say screw it all and just ignore the sick world that we live in today.. Chances are they've had their picture taken a thousand times by CCD before you showed up, so just shoot away.. This paranoia crap is getting so ridiculous that I feel guilty taking pictures of my own damn kids at the playground if there are other kids in the shot.. I'm done caring... Pry my SD card out of my cold dead hands if you want to know what I took a picture of..
     
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