Just share a small encounter i had this morning, felt that perhaps some of our members doing street photography would be nice to pick up.
I was testing out my newly bought lens baby, trying to shoot the sg flags.
There was this daughter and father pair, whom i thought looked patriotic, and i wanted to show that in the photo.
After i'm done, father says he wants me to delete the photos with his daughter inside, citing his daughter is only 4, and he is concerned about it being uploaded to unauthorised websites. I told him that this was public area, and that he has no right to tell me so. Before i can show him the photos, which btw, was blur until you probably won't need a model release even for stock photography, he decides to interrogate me on why i am trembling (i'm on medication and its a bad side effect) and went on rambling about courtesy and that i am not allowed to shoot because child is underage (the last reason just set my fuse off). the man was very very agitated and unable to listen to reason.
well, i thought it would be a nice learning experience for myself to call in the cops, being the first time i am in such a situation where i feel threatened.
So the cops came, took down my details, i'm basically free to go. I only wished that guy was patient enough to wait for me to finish my words, before going all fullmetal jacket on me.
And yes. You are free to shoot anyone in singapore, so long as it is a public area. Just how much guts you have. The worst the guy can do to you in Sg is really just to hit you, which you can also then call in the cops. Otherwise, happy shooting courtesy is a nice to have, not a must have. but when the other guy wants to push your limits, knowing your rights helps you as a photographer. Below is the sharpest of the images i shot.
The 100% crop.
Happy National Day Singapore