Been following ITphobia's poll about getting scolded when taking street pics. Some of the comments intrigued me, so decided to start this poll. In general, it seems there are people who feel the subject's permission *before* taking pictures is important, the rest feel it is ok to take first and don't ask permission, or ask later. Then there is the other parameter, about how you feel if you were the subject.
My guess is that a lot of us probably mind to have our pic taken by strangers w/o our knowledge. Would like to test this hypothesis and correlate that to whether the person will/will not take street pics w/o asking for permission first
My own reasoning is that if you ask first, then it's not candid anymore of course. IIRC in his book, The Photographer's Eye, Michael Freeman mentioned that if the subject turns to look at his camera then the pic is worthless to him (of course he'd ask for permission later lah, otherwise cannot publish commercially).
So just for this poll, "mind" or "don't mind" is about taking or having picture taken w/o permission first. What happens afterwards is another story, perhaps worthy of another poll.
I'm aware these are only broad generalisations. For 'others' category, feel free to post your own personal modus operandi.