With billions of images shared around the world, photography has transformed the way we capture reality. Though this has been revolutionary, there are also cautions to take.

We are all aware of photos being manipulated to perceive perfection. This raises some important moral questions and asks if it’s okay to alter images in this way or immoral. And if this is allowed, should limits be put into place?

The industry is plagued by incidents of plagiarism and theft.

The National Press Photographers Association sets the following guidelines:

  • Be accurate and comprehensive in the representation of subjects.
  • While photographing subjects do not intentionally contribute to, alter, or seek to alter or influence events.

In fact, Photoshop is a tool greatly debated by photographers. Some experts argue that as long as the message of the image isn’t misconstrued, it’s fine to use some Photoshop.

One branch of photography – street photography – has received more slack that others. Arguments arise when photographers capture emotional and difficult moments of life, but aren’t doing anything to help the individual and are instead snapping away.

Photography theory states that when a photographer captures their subject, the world only sees the image through the photographer’s eyes rather than through the eyes and life of the subject.

In the UK, there are no laws prohibiting photographers from capturing images of people on the street. In this scenario, common sense must be exercised and it would also be wise to let your subject know that you intent to picture and the purpose of this also. This way, you learn more about your photo’s main feature.

If you’d like to gain a photography qualification, check out LCCA’s HNC/D in Photography.