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Photography Do's and Don'ts

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I am an avid photographer and blogger. Just wanted to check on some basic things to keep in mind while clicking in Zurich.
1. Food Photography: Is it OK to click photographs of food/ restaurant interiors (sans people in the frame) for blogging/ review?

2. Street Photography: What is generally acceptable? For capturing street life, city alleys, skyline is this OK? This --> Impressions from Zurich/

3. Fashion: Can I request people in Traditional Wear to pose for a Photograph? Would it be offensive?

What other points should I keep in mind? I'll be mostly photographing during the weekends when not at work
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Re: Photography Do's and Don'ts

I think what you are looking to do is reasonable. I have taken many photographs in Zurich and across Switzerland without issue. The work you are looking to do is probably more intentional than what I have done but with the right approach you shouldn't expect issues.
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Re: Photography Do's and Don'ts

Everything you listed is okay. If somebody approaches you about taking pictures, that's the time to stop.
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Hi Everyone,

I am an avid photographer and blogger. Just wanted to check on some basic things to keep in mind while clicking in Zurich.
1. Food Photography: Is it OK to click photographs of food/ restaurant interiors (sans people in the frame) for blogging/ review?

2. Street Photography: What is generally acceptable? For capturing street life, city alleys, skyline is this OK? This --> Impressions from Zurich/

3. Fashion: Can I request people in Traditional Wear to pose for a Photograph? Would it be offensive?

What other points should I keep in mind? I'll be mostly photographing during the weekends when not at work
1. As much as I detest the current fashion of photographing everything you eat, it is OK to do so, however be aware that some restaurants may not allow it. As for the interiors of restaurants you would be advised to ask permission from not only the owner, but from the other guests that happen to be in the frame.

2. City alleys, Skylines etc all ok. Street life on the other hand is legally a grey area. There is a law here which effectively states that people have the right to their own image. I know that street photography is done here and that the images are published in blogs etc. However if a person stumbles across a blog with a photo where they are in it and you didn't ask for permission they could ask for it to be taken down and the law would be on their side - This applies only if they are, or are a significant part of, the main subject in the photo. If they are in a crowd then generally there's no problems

3. By all means. It's highly likely that nobody will be offended especially if you ask. In my experience people in traditional dress will happily allow their photograph to be taken.
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Re: Photography Do's and Don'ts

And, since the subject is being discussed, how do things stand regarding commercial use of images? Particularly of people but also interiors of private property?

E.g. the OP photographs a jolly traditional costume wearer, and the person says OK... can the picture be then used commercially or is a model release required?

Just curious...
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And, since the subject is being discussed, how do things stand regarding commercial use of images? Particularly of people but also interiors of private property?

E.g. the OP photographs a jolly traditional costume wearer, and the person says OK... can the picture be then used commercially or is a model release required?

Just curious...
If a photo of a person is going to be used commercially then a model release is an absolute necessity. Exceptions to that would be reportage where the photo ends up being used as part of a news article.
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And, since the subject is being discussed, how do things stand regarding commercial use of images? Particularly of people but also interiors of private property?

E.g. the OP photographs a jolly traditional costume wearer, and the person says OK... can the picture be then used commercially or is a model release required?

Just curious...
Make very sure that you have very provable (in the best case, written) consent for the specific use you plan with the pictures, especially if you're planning to use them commercially. This consent can be withdrawn at any time, in which case you are required to remove the pictures from the places where you have used them.

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In short, I would not recommend taking pictures for commercial use, and even if for private use, avoid people and private locations, which includes restaurants etc.
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Re: Photography Do's and Don'ts

Many pictures from Newly Swissed (a blog that often tends to almost break some laws) are absolutely questionable regarding StGB Art. 179quarter1, particularly: No. 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 21, 23 and are "liable on complaint to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty."
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Make very sure that you have very provable (in the best case, written) consent for the specific use you plan with the pictures, especially if you're planning to use them commercially. This consent can be withdrawn at any time, in which case you are required to remove the pictures from the places where you have used them.

Link 1 and link 2

In short, I would not recommend taking pictures for commercial use, and even if for private use, avoid people and private locations, which includes restaurants etc.
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Many pictures from Newly Swissed (a blog that often tends to almost break some laws) are absolutely questionable regarding StGB Art. 179quarter1, particularly: No. 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 21, 23 and are "liable on complaint to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty."
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Re: Photography Do's and Don'ts

Wow!! Thanks everyone for a number of replies...
In my experience, people generally object only if you specifically focus on them and their activities. As a larger part of the panorama generally no one objects.

As for food photography, I disagree with the premise that photographing food makes my meal any less enjoyable. I do it all the time and relish my food equally. Of course it doesn't help the restaurant when I eat a crappy dish and post a critique on the website along with the photo. But I post a pic when there are accolades to be showered as well.

I see that there is a big zoo as well in Zurich.. How versatile is it?
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