Street photography is a tricky game. It’s difficult enough trying to capture candid scenes with interesting backgrounds. But you also need to think about street photography laws, ethics and rights. Every nation has a different idea of what is allowed and what isn’t.
Not to mention that in the United States, there are different photography laws by state.
But the rights don’t just cover what you can and can’t photograph. You as a street photographer also have rights. Countries recognize that there needs to be a freedom to photograph and be creative.
But they also need to protect people in public places.
What Rights Do You Have as a Photographer?
Model Releases Are Not Needed
Model releases are contracts between the photographer and the photographed. They designate the purpose of the photography shoot. It is important to show the limitations of usage and what happens if the conditions are not met.