Perception of photographers ruined by paparazzi, cellphone shooters?

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techjedi Senior Member • Posts: 3,716
Re: Perception of photographers ruined by paparazzi, cellphone shooters?

LoneTree1 wrote:

Was watching a TV show where one of the cops was hammering someone about "taking pictures of someone without their permission." In public. There is no such thing, it's legal to do that. But how many people out there don't know that, including cops? The photog of course was a seedy stalker of some celebrity but the linking of just taking photos with something wrong was there. I remember a poll done decades ago that found photographers were admired for their work, their profession, near the top of group of admired professions. I doubt that still holds.

There is a ton of paparazzi photography that *is* illegal. For example, even if the photographer is on public street, if they use a long lens to see into a private residence where the occupants have a reasonable expectation of privacy, then that is illegal. I think this is the "bad image" that paparazzi are known for, when they climb trees or sneak into areas to catch celebs in their *private* environments.

Stalking a celeb that is in a public place might have a gradient of ethical variations, but probably mostly not illegal. That said, if photographers abuse their legal protections, eventually laws get changed.

As to your original question, I have never met a person that considered a paparazzi and any other photographer as the same thing.

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