Monday-Best Practices – Camera Etiquette

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Best Practices, For Genealogists
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Yes, another etiquette post – why?  You won’t believe the number of people that may not know these things.

  1. Ever take pictures of people in the cemetery praying or mourning?
  2. Ever take funeral pictures while you are visiting the cemetery?
  3. Take tombstone images on private property?
  4. Climb fences or trees to take photos?

Okay if you have done any of these please park those images outside of your realm of usability.  These are not to be used outside of your private photo albums.

  1. Ever take photos of people in the cemetery praying or mourning?    To use these photos in a publication – get model releases from the people.  Do not use any photos you do not have the persons contact information & a model release on file.  It is not fair to the people you have photographed to not know about how the image of them are used.
  2. Ever take funeral pictures while you are visiting the cemetery? – If you do take pictures aim away from the party.  This is a private time for the family involved and could also get you a nasty look from the cemetery people.  Some places may even ask you to leave before you get started – all at the request of the family or families.
  3. Take tombstone images on private property?  – If it is private property you should have permission to actually take photos.  The owners may even want to know more about the usage of the images too.
  4. Climb fences or trees to take photos?  –  Can we say it is dangerous to do these things.  Professional genealogists should not climb trees nor fences to obtain entry into a place.  Unless the owner or caretaker tells you to do so – on that occasion follow the instructions of the cemetery people.

Hope these little tips keeps people out of a courtroom or worse  – jail for trespassing on private property.

Next week: Monday Best Practices – How not to tease a security guard

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