Saturday, August 15, 2009
Photography Etiquette Question — How to Shoot at a Place of Business?
A planned trip to the blueberry farm turned into an unplanned trip to a produce stand.
I brought my camera along to take shots of Dwight and his mom picking berries as well of shots of the berries and location. I was comfortable with that. It's outdoors, very casual, and a place where people wouldn't hesitate to take a snapshot or two.
Since the blueberry farm was closed for the season — something we discovered when pulling up to the farm entrance — we decided to head to a local, large-scale farm stand. This isn't a side-of-the-road kind of stand, more like a regular shop. I felt rather uncomfortable taking photos there but couldn't pass up the opportunity of shooting all of the vivid fruits and veggies. I began to wonder about how other people handle these situations.
I've seen gorgeous images from other bloggers taken at farmer's markets and the like and thought I'd pose these questions:
What is the etiquette for taking photos in a public place of business? Do you ask permission? Do you ask each stall owner if you're at a farmer's market? Do you feel odd shooting at these kinds of places?
Due to my uncertainty, the composition of the photos is lackluster, some of the shots are out of focus, and depth of field is not ideal because I didn't bother messing with camera settings. I was too nervous and felt like I needed to be stealthy about it.
I know part of my feelings of unease have to do with feeling self-conscious. Letting that go would be a first step, but what about what is proper?
Help me out — what do YOU do in these situations? Let me know in the comments, share your stories and blog posts. I'd love to hear about your experiences!