The Ethics of Photography

As a professional photographer or photojournalist, it is critical to understand the ethics of picture taking. Those ethics differ according the genre of photography. Because photojournalism is supposed to be as authentic a reflection of reality as possible, the bar on ethics in that genre is set very high. In fashion photography, however, there is likely to be more latitude for creativity and the application of creative techniques. In essence it is important to understand the difference between photography and photo illustration…
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Although it is made up of a number of photographs, that would be considered photographs if presented on their own, this composite image is likely to be considered a “photo illustration” since it is illustrating something more than the simple reality of the moment. It was taken of a paddler on the Potomac River in Great Falls Park in northern Virginia near Washington DC. PHOTO: David A. Larsen