A Quark of A Different Spin. (adameros) wrote,
A Quark of A Different Spin.

Photographic ethical question. I know what side of the fence I lie on, but I'm curious what other people think.

A student posted a picture she took for her school paper. It was covering a story on the astronomy class. It was while they were using their telescopes at night. The instructor for the astronomy class suggested (s)he use a tripod and specifically told him/her not to use his/her flash.

They took some long exposures and felt they were too dark, so (s)he did exactly what they asked him/her not to do, use there flash. (S)he seems to feel the fact that (s)he was working is reason enough to disturb/ruin someone elses day of work. In my mind, they could have waited till they were finishing up and taken it when the flash would not have mattered.

I'm curious how how far you think someone should go to get a story, and how much the importance of the story affects that line in the sand.

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Discuss! What are the ethic of photojournalism?

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