Hide Behind Your Lens

Even though I’m an avid Apple hater, I love this candid shot taken by Flickr user furcafe. This guy seems to have a camera attached to his eye socket, judging by the number of photos he takes around town, and this one is absolutely made for an Apple promo. Doesn’t it make you think that owning a MacBook is cool? Just chillin’ at your local coffee shop, surfing the net, sipping on a latte, hanging out with other cool people…you dig?

The photographer’s use of black and white is great here, and the lighting, especially the glow of the laptop on his face, really adds to the mood. I like that this photo tells a story about one of our local establishments while at the same time holds on to its anonymity. The depth of field (i.e. what’s in focus and what isn’t) focuses the viewers’ eye on his subject, some cool dude just chillin’.

As for the legality of candid photos, don’t ask me. Unlike the rest of DC’s population, I’m not a lawyer, but my best guess is that as long as you don’t sell your photos or use them for commercial use, you’re in the clear. So next time you’re chillin’ at your local establishment, fire away and see what gems you and your camera come up with.

8 Comments so far

  1. Chris Peloso (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

    As long as a person is in a public place (aka not inside their house), you can take all the photos of them you like and you own the copyright. This is why celebrities are always photographed against their will, and why museums do not let you take photos of your paintings (you could then sell your phot of their painting!).

    btw, macs rule all!

  2. Don (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    There’s some distance between your right to take the picture and your right to sell the picture. You’re pretty much free to shoot however much you like, though incidents of over-reaching cops and security guards are legion. On private property, as in the case above, the property owner can ask you not to shoot and you’re obligated to comply (or enjoy being kicked/dragged off for trespassing) but the person you’re shooting has no reasonable expectation of privacy.

    There’s a good writeup called The Photographer’s Rights[pdf] you can look at and carry with you.

    Your right to use those pictures commercially, on the other hand, is a little more restricted. Public figures are pretty much shit outta luck – there’s a huge exemption for newsworthyness. If you’re planning on selling prints, however, you likely need a model release.

  3. Don (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 11:41 am
  4. JS (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    I don’t understand, why would anyone be an “Apple hater”? Just don’t buy their products and get over it.

  5. wayan (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    JS: Max has a terminal mental afficliction that makes him lust for Microsoft product. Yes, I know, its sad, and we pity him, but we are an inclusive group here at DC Metroblogging, even more inclusive than GMU, we love everyone even the clueless who can’t comprehend FOSS.

  6. Max (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    Thanks for all of your references to legal rights when it comes to candid photos! Good stuff. I knew I could count on DC.

    As for hating Apple, for me it’s the same argument as to why people hate Tom Cruise. Just don’t go see his movies! Seriously, Apple is only good for old people, uneducated students, graphic designers, and video production work. Their computers are over priced and definitely over hyped.

  7. furcafe (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

    Legal niceties aside (& the need for model releases is greatly exaggerated), I don’t think this particular “cool dude” minds. He didn’t see me take the picture, but he was cool w/it. He also happens to be a friend: local photographer Jati Lindsay (www.jatilindsay.com/).

  8. Max (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    A coworker of mine told me about Jati Lindsay a while back. His photos are amazing although his website has been down every time I’ve tried to access it over the past few months. I would love to feature some of his work!

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