I have been wondering a bit about photographing people lately - feeling a little awkward about catching someone on camera and then putting them online!! ... I had to go to the hospital today, which is an incredible photo opportunity, not in fact, of people usually but because of the incredible architecture - all very new. After I saw the consultant, I was sitting having a cappucino in a little coffeebar above the restaurant (all open plan) and decided it would be interesting to photo the tops of people's heads while they were having their meal !!! So I held the camera over the quite tall, transparent 'wall' and snapped the camera several times....:)
I had noticed a woman sitting a little along from me and had, in fact, noted she had an interesting face but had desisted from photographing her. But she noticed me - called me over and asked me if I would like to join her. She asked me if I was a photographer. I said, yes, well, I took photographs, not sure whether I could be called A PHOTOGRAPHER quite yet!
Anyway, it turned out she was a film producer with (I later discovered during a long natter) a passion for photography of all types. She said did I know that to take someone's image was illegal? (am I imagining she said that?) ... and in the film world they always had to have someones written permission before taking photos. I had in fact, felt guilty about this yesterday, when I had snapped a young woman playing with her daughter with the Autumn leaves. I had gone up to the woman and asked, did she mind - and got some lovely pics. But of course they would have been better had they been spontaneous, wouldnt they!!
So - now I am wondering. I think I have decided to be as usual when photographing the general public, in a very general way - as with cyclists in oxford, for instance - but otherwise I think I must ask them - after I have taken the photo? How do others approach this?
I now think this should have gone in the discussion area....*sigh*.............if no one sees it here I will re-post there!!
(btw, I got three good photos of this woman - & I think I have made a good friend too - we talked for hours!!!)