Whenever there is a race, we at Running Shots will have people asking whether we will be turning up and before the day is over, we get people asking when we will upload the photographs. So it seems that there are a lot of people who are anxiously waiting to see themselves in print.
But inevitably, there are a few people who doesn’t seem to want to have their race photos taken for one reason or another and we get request to take down their photo.
At Running Shots, we do have some guidelines for removal of photos.
The most obvious cases are photographs with wardrobe malfunction. During our post processing, we will remove any photos that we deemed to be “indecent” or expose more than what the runner intends to show. But of course with thousand of photos per event, there will be cases where our tired eyes fail to pick them out and these we will gladly removed if asked.
The other instance where we remove photos are photos of handicapped or disadvantaged children. From time to time when we cover events with children participation and the organiser has forewarned us not to take handicapped children or certain child, we will respect their wish and refrain from doing so.
That is about the most we will do. In general we do not remove photo for any other reasons although we do leave the discretion to the individual photographer to make the call. The reason is because there may be other runners in the photo and it will be unfair to them if we remove the photo at the request of one individual. And if we accede to one request from someone who just feel they look unglam, pretty soon we will get request for all sort of reasons and we might as well end up not going down to take photos at all.
It is fair to say that most of those who asked us to take down their photo are female and feel that their photo is “unglam”. Which is quite surprising considering that when I wrote the post “Unglam Running Photos”, I got hell from women lib people who strongly denounced my ill-timed advise on how to look glam in running photo.
Maybe instead of telling us to delete their photos, maybe these people who don’t want their photos taken presumably because they look unglam or do not want to be identified could perhaps consider doing this:And if that still don’t work, how about wearing a mask? Just a thought. Maybe we at Running Shots should start selling a tee shirt with the words “Don’t Take My Photo” printed big big on it. Any takers?
But seriously, I said this before and I will said it again, there is nothing wrong in looking unglam in a running photo. After all you are not participating in a fashion show or a beauty contest.