How far should you be willing to go to capture a photo?

Eilean Donan Castle
(Image credit: Kav Dadfar)

I remember being taught that as a photographer you should do all you can to capture the best photo that you possibly can. But is that right?

I do not doubt in my mind that all photographers have at some point faced the dilemma of taking a photo when they shouldn’t. I’m not talking about the situations in which you can get yourself in serious trouble – like for example photographing military places. But more, in those scenarios where it may not be a serious act. But if you can get away with taking a photo when you shouldn’t, should you take it?

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Kav Dadfar
Professional photographer

UK-based travel and landscape pro Kav shoots on assignment for editorial and commercial clients, and stock for high-end agencies. He has written over 400 articles on photography, judges a major travel photo contest and leads tours and workshops worldwide with the company That Wild Idea. In 2021 Kav launched JRNY travel magazine with fellow photographer Jordan Banks.