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How to Take Pictures Politely


One of the most important things to take when you travel overseas is your camera. You can buy jewelry or local paintings as souvenirs but nothing is more practical and more lasting than photographs! But if you are to take pictures of people other than members of your party, then you’d better learn a bit of photo-taking etiquette.

The first thing you need to practice is to smile. Yep, it’s a great way to establish rapport with people even of different cultures. After all it’s a universal form of greeting. Next, ask your subject’s permission if possible. You are after all, stepping inside their private space, and a little courtesy goes a long way.

This is especially more so in cases where you have to photograph children. If the parent is present, ask the mother or the father’s permission (or both). If not, then make sure that it is understood by everyone around that your shots are innocent and wholesome. If the child appears uncomfortable or scared, then don’t push it. The reason for this is that you would not want to be accused of taking perverse pictures of children and then be taken by the police. Another alternative is to be beaten by a village mob. What a way to ruin a holiday!

Refrain from taking pictures with a large group of people with cameras. Seriously, it becomes pretty intimidating to be bombarded with a horde of amateur photographers with what seems like a hundred clicking and flashing cameras. Do it alone, as this is the best way to get good street photos.


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