I have followed this thread, My impression of a couple of the folks is that the right to photograph makes "sitter immune" to any objection.
I photograph farmers markets and such, I do not get upset with a member of the public that asks me to refrain. I have been asked to delete a photo from a film camera, I simply assure them I will make a note of it and honor their request.
At a farmers market, park etc, I see no point in arguing about it.
I have seen the on-line collections of would be "ethnographers" with collections of "large people" in embarrassing situations... I do think this boarders or crosses the line of public ridicule or libel.
I was 20 something once and I am sure I acted thuggish too brandishing the law... I honestly think a few of the posters do have a little too much "drama" about the situations, and I guess I suppose I exhibited the same in my previous comment.
Yes I do think a press credential does allow somewhat more latitude to pursue a photograph. A group of "small" people being followed in a Chicago park by a blogging photographer isn't the same as a human interest story by a magazine.
Just being out in public doesn't make you appropriate fodder for a pursuing photographer.... it's all about use intended use, and again with the proliferation of digital media, and easy distribution of photos the rules are changing.
Thanks for listening.
My use of the word "thug" was in as much that some of the post had the flavor of "hey I have this camera, I have rights to photograph in public!!" and it seemed to me that while this is true the photographers forget that there are rights on the other side of the coin too.
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