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Photo Etiquette in Holy Places

I was wondering about the etiquette of taking pictures in holy places. Is it intrusive to take pictures of a statue display, candle display or stain glass windows while other people are praying. Also, are there any opinions about making portraits of people who are in the act of prayer. I would like to get as many points of view on this topic as possible, I find that sacred places such as churches, and mosques provide opportunities full of emotion and personality. Thanks for your time.

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10/26/2001 12:02:25 AM

Donna R. Moratelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/23/2000
  Dear Greg, I think that you should have a reason to take pix of people while they are praying. A few months ago I had an assignment for a paper. I was sent to the church breifly before the service. I spoke with the priest and he let me shoot but asked me to use no flash. He let me set up my tripod where I wanted and I did move around. So... I would ask permission. Tell him you are an artist. I was very quiet during the shoot but people knew I was there. I felt very intrusive. If you do this be prepared to answer a lot of questions after the mass and good luck. donnarae

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10/26/2001 7:37:56 AM

James Fuqua   I just returned from a trip to France, Spain, Gibraltar and Tangier. Of course we visited many churches. Some churches will not let you take photo at all. Some will let you take them without flash. Just ask before you flash! As been previously said you can get into a lot of trouble. Of course most of them will not turn out without flash. I found that was just a waste of time. James Fuqua

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6/11/2003 5:02:53 PM

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