So I have to start out by saying that being a part of this forum has definitely made me more aware of etiquette in daily life. I find myself noticing politeness more, as well as rudeness.
I also have been re-examining common social occurrences that I used to take for granted, and seeing if they are ehell approved or have simply been accepted out of habit. I now understand there is contextual rudeness, varying degrees of rudeness, and that one person's etiquette standard may be another's etiquette breach.
All that being said, I was wondering how people felt about having themselves or their belongings photographed. I will explain the situation that led me to this topic, and the other scenario that I was curious about:Example #1
: I was walking to the store and I saw a gorgeous cherry corvette parked on the avenue outside one of the businesses. My brother is a classic car enthusiast, and I knew I couldn't do this car justice trying to describe it to him. Thankfully, I have a camera in my cellphone. I was standing in front of the car taking a picture when a voice said "Shiny isn't it?" A man had come out of the shop behind me. I asked him if it was his car, he said yes. I complimented it and explained that my bro had one and loved them etc. etc. He informed me it was a 1966. I gushed about it a little more and he got in the car and drove off. As I continued to the store, it occurred to me that maybe it was a bit rude of me to take a picture without asking...? So I went over it in my head: "Public view...owners of cars like that expect attention...heck, they like getting compliments and admiration for it...but cell cameras are everywhere and its a slippery slope re: privacy...well, I would send this pic to my bro but I wouldn't post it on FB or something like that...If I'd asked it would mean holding him up and I'd be SS...I didn't block him in while I got my perfect shot or make any unreasonable requests of him...he seemed to take it in stride...I guess I was okay and it's expected behavior."
So I gave myself a pass more or less, but it got my thinking about the etiquette of picture taking. There is a stereotype of the annoying person with a camera. There are oblivious amateur photogs and tourists who step on people or block others to get their shot, blind you with their flash, monopolize an area while they try and set up their moment, interrupt you to get you to take a picture for them, etc. Then there are the wannabe paparazzi who have no qualms about posting embarrassing photos online of complete strangers whose privacy they have violated just for the sake of a few LOLs. Depending on the subject matter being photographed, there is a quagmire of legal implications and issues of copyrighting.Example #2
: My exBFF owns Afghan hounds. In the area where we live they are considered an exotic breed by most. They are apparently also very unusual and popular in Asia. She has had many Asian tourists ooh and ahh over her dogs and take pictures. She is used to getting a lot of attention when she walks her dogs. She and her sister have joked about taking the more impressive looking one to a local viewpoint where tour groups and photographers congregate and charging $1 to have a picture taken with their dog.
If you own or are wearing something impressive, do you have to resign yourself to the attention and be prepared to have it photographed? Is it wrong to ask for compensation for being photographed?
So when is it okay to snap a pic, and when is it not? If someone asked to take your picture, should you be flattered or annoyed? Should you let them? Can you stop them? How does politeness and a polite spine look in this situation? When you see a camera, do you cringe? Do you take a lot of photos and if so how do you do it politely?
So weigh in, all you shutterbugs and camera-shy ehellions!