Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
Thanks for writing this! I will admit that I get confused sometimes re: Creative Commons. I only ... more

Morals and Ethics of Travel Photography: When Shouldn't You Take That Photo?

Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to snap a photo, but for some reason, you hesitate? Perhaps something about the subject or the situation doesn't feel quite right and after quick consideration, you turn off your camera. Or perhaps, despite feeling that it's wrong on some level, you go ahead and take the shot anyway. Later, you wonder if you maybe you shouldn't have and feel the tiniest bit of regret... or perhaps you don't look back or give it another thought. ...more

Hi, Karen. I've done that, too. I totally understand. Once you realize it, you think--Oops... ... more

Morals and Ethics of Travel Photography: When Shouldn't You Take That Photo?

Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to snap a photo, but for some reason, you hesitate? Perhaps something about the subject or the situation doesn't feel quite right and after quick consideration, you turn off your camera. Or perhaps, despite feeling that it's wrong on some level, you go ahead and take the shot anyway. Later, you wonder if you maybe you shouldn't have and feel the tiniest bit of regret... or perhaps you don't look back or give it another thought. ...more

Thanks for the response. I think it makes sense. Help, then document to show the reality...which ... more

Morals and Ethics of Travel Photography: When Shouldn't You Take That Photo?

Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to snap a photo, but for some reason, you hesitate? Perhaps something about the subject or the situation doesn't feel quite right and after quick consideration, you turn off your camera. Or perhaps, despite feeling that it's wrong on some level, you go ahead and take the shot anyway. Later, you wonder if you maybe you shouldn't have and feel the tiniest bit of regret... or perhaps you don't look back or give it another thought. ...more

Thanks for weighing in and sharing that example. Sad to hear that the Haitians were being ... more

Morals and Ethics of Travel Photography: When Shouldn't You Take That Photo?

Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to snap a photo, but for some reason, you hesitate? Perhaps something about the subject or the situation doesn't feel quite right and after quick consideration, you turn off your camera. Or perhaps, despite feeling that it's wrong on some level, you go ahead and take the shot anyway. Later, you wonder if you maybe you shouldn't have and feel the tiniest bit of regret... or perhaps you don't look back or give it another thought. ...more

Thanks for the positive feedback and for joining the discussion...I appreciate it! Good point ... more

Morals and Ethics of Travel Photography: When Shouldn't You Take That Photo?

Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to snap a photo, but for some reason, you hesitate? Perhaps something about the subject or the situation doesn't feel quite right and after quick consideration, you turn off your camera. Or perhaps, despite feeling that it's wrong on some level, you go ahead and take the shot anyway. Later, you wonder if you maybe you shouldn't have and feel the tiniest bit of regret... or perhaps you don't look back or give it another thought. ...more

Hi, Natalie. Thanks for responding to the question about situation #2. I felt exactly that way ... more

Morals and Ethics of Travel Photography: When Shouldn't You Take That Photo?

Ever find yourself in a situation where you want to snap a photo, but for some reason, you hesitate? Perhaps something about the subject or the situation doesn't feel quite right and after quick consideration, you turn off your camera. Or perhaps, despite feeling that it's wrong on some level, you go ahead and take the shot anyway. Later, you wonder if you maybe you shouldn't have and feel the tiniest bit of regret... or perhaps you don't look back or give it another thought. ...more

Thanks, Sara, for taking the time to share your perspective, opinion, experience, etc. Very ... more