Here’s a fun situation for you: you’re in a limo with a well known lifecaster – you know, one of those people who shares everything they’re doing on the web. She spends a good chunk of the ride talking about lifecasting. You’re on your way to a blogger party. You take a couple pictures (with the flash), along with a bunch of other pictures you’re taking.
Do you need permission to post those pictures of them?
Do you need permission if you’re posting pictures of them with the subject’s name?
Say a photo shows a bit of leg, but nothing as risqué, but nothing so much as event a hint of underwear or anything PG-13. Do you need permission to post it?
Does it matter if they knew you were taking the picture or not?
These questions, not surprisingly, are based on something I’m dealing with right now. This goes back to the Consumer Electronics Show last month, as the lifecaster later sent me an email entitled “Ethics of Photography Request,” and insinuated my posting the photo without her permission was unethical.
I’m curious what you think, and I may well have more to follow up on later.
Follow up: there’s already one great comment, and I’m curious to get others. Do we need more formal photo policies?
And one final point: while the questions may be leading and may reflect bias, I’m hoping to learn from this – and namely learn from the community.