What is considered ‘off limits’ in photography? Well, the answer of course can certainly vary from one photographer to the next.
These days, photographing children raises a red flag for many people and some photographers steer clear away from them. There may be a sense of ‘intrusion’ into the lives of these children, and photographing them may just not feel right. There is also the perceived risk that someone may call the authorities suggesting that the photographs are being taken for sexually motivated reasons. Other photographers that photograph children do so in order to show the true beauty and innocence of who children are. They don’t care about perceived risks as they know that the photographs they take are artful and ethical. Completely different sides of the story, right?
Another interesting choice of subject to some photographers are street scenes — capturing the beauty of surroundings with people passing by. No wrong doing right? Well again, to some photographers, there is a sense of discomfort in shooting complete strangers without getting their permission first. Other photographers that know their rights (it’s legal to photograph anyone in a public place) have no issue with the ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ policy.
There are many interesting subjects to shoot, and which is right depends on the photographer’s preference, taste, and comfort zone. What subject matter are YOU uncomfortable shooting and why?
For more on this subject, check out the Photography subjects — off limits thread in our photography forum.