It’s something we all love doing. Whether capturing those memories in foreign lands, or holding on to some amazing landscapes to cherish in your digital album, photography plays a big role in our day to day lives. Even more so, while travelling as a tourist, one can’t wait to take the cameras or phones out to get a beautiful capture of the delightful surroundings that make the place special. But although we think it’s normal to do so in our own home town, the rules or the behaviours associated with photography can differ geographically.
Take for instance being in places that are meant for worship or an official government high-security area. These are just a few. We’ve put together some more points as to what to expect when going on a shooting spree with your camera.
Understand the laws of the country
Travel photographers must understand the laws in every country and community they visit, but on a more basic level, they must also understand the nuances of the etiquette in any given location. In some situations, showing a sign of respect makes all the difference.
Always ask if you are unsure
As strangers in an unfamiliar country, we stand out from the crowd. We are completely aware of the fact that we have no idea what happens to people if we take their picture. Somebody may report that they had contact with a foreigner, and as a result, they could be called up by the authorities to explain themselves. It might make matters worse if a photograph is taken, so ask their consent before or after.
Be polite and respectful
It can so happen that you wish to take a photo of a vendor selling his wares. But all of a sudden, the vendor gets upset because he did not subscribe to the fact that you will be taking a picture of him doing the work he was doing. It is always great to ask for permission before taking a photo, even to explain what angle you might take the photo in. Sometimes, with permission, you can take multiple shots and who knows, you could have another take till your photo is truly organic and praiseworthy.
Always follow the rules in restricted photography areas
Have you ever been to a site that mentioned that for photography, you need a separate ticket. There are instances of museums across the world that have this as a criteria for taking photos inside a place that houses ancient and cultural artifacts. We encourage you to follow the rules and not to take chances, as penalties, fines or the threat of imprisonment can be strict in some countries where the rules aren’t followed.
A basic thumb rule is to ensure you have permission as that is the one that validates all kinds travel photography. If you do so, you’ll be good to go. Happy posing!