Why the blur? I did not have permission to take an identifiable photo of this delightful bartender. She was busy. So I decided to take her picture in fast-action form. (As a courtesy, I showed her the image after shooting it.)
If posting a story with photos, I will contact the communications director to ask permission on behalf of the business and the bartender.
I am not a professional photographer. However, as a former magazine editor who now blogs, I follow strict rules about image use. That includes asking permission when reproducing a clear likeness of a person. I keep releases on hand.
The American Society of Media Professionals breaks down industry regulations. In addition, they provide release forms and examples of lawsuits caused by inappropriate use of images. Be cautious if you intend to sell a picture:
- Right of privacy, right of publicity, defamation, property owners’ rights
- 21st-century worries: digital editing, sensitive subject
The Office of General Counsel at Harvard University details copyright and fair use.
Snap happily. Snap carefully. Give credit where it’s due.
Note: This post does not constitute legal advice. Consult an attorney if you have professional questions.