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    Paparazzi as a job?

    Would you do paparazzi work?
    I.e. would you take celeb photos for a price?

    How far would you go for 'that' $10,000 shot of ... oh lets play ... Gordon Ramsay with 'another' woman?
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    No, I don't think I could do that. Sure, the money is good, but I'm told so's the money in drug dealing...
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    Yeah but I'd have to weigh up the situation first, if some scumbag was doing something extroadinarily underhanded that would affect many others then I'd take a shot, but I'd also think about my own welfare or families should revenge be a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAdeGroot View Post
    No, I don't think I could do that. Sure, the money is good, but I'm told so's the money in drug dealing...
    I would not suggest anything illegal - but there is a line somewhere!

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    I predict mostly "no". For one, with rare exceptions, paps don't care much for photography as an art or craft unlike the folk that frequent this forum. They're more interested in nailing a shot purely for money regardless of quality, where people here tend to be people into learning and sharing. Had this been asked on a pap forum (assuming one exists) I doubt there's much chat about the art of photography.

    I doubt there's an inbetween where someone would do it, but consider doing it with taste. At the risk of sterotyping the folk that do it, I reckon paparazzi with taste is a bit of an oxymoron. I'd love to be proven wrong though and see the other side.
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    never, ever. I might get my camera scratched.....
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    I'm too lazy to really go for paparazzi work. However, if the opportunity presented and I had the camera, I'd have no problems in trying to get the shot. My view is that they chose to be celebrities - the least I can do is a) help and b) make some cash.

    (I would however draw the line at victims of circumstance - those people who don't chose the 15 seconds of fame, but get it thrust on them anyway and don't grab it.)
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    I voted Yes.

    Although to clarify, I would not like to be a 'celebrity chasing' photographer. However, if circumstances eventuated where I happened across a situation and had my camera, would I take the shot...Hell Yes..Would I sell it to the highest bidder...Yes again.

    So, taking your suggestion Kym, if I happened to be strolling along a beach preparing to get sunset shots and came across a naked Gordon Ramsay frolicking in the surf with some 'floosie', I would take the shots. If he wanted the moment to be private, he should have stayed in his hotel room
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    I voted Yes.
    .... if I happened to be strolling along a beach preparing to get sunset shots and came across a naked Gordon Ramsay frolicking in the surf with some 'floosie', I would take the shots. If he wanted the moment to be private, he should have stayed in his hotel room
    hahaha seems you don't like the man

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonykieuphotography View Post
    hahaha seems you don't like the man
    I only used him cause that is the name the thread creator used in his first post. Wouldn't matter who it was to me. If they do it in public they are fair game.

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    Yes with taste; have done a little and a very little at that; depends on the $$; would love to get GR with his pants down


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    Apologies, I didn't see see that the op was talking about gordon ramsay

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonykieuphotography View Post
    Apologies, I didn't see see that the op was talking about gordon ramsay
    ramsay was only as an example. He is an 'easy' target - no one would have much issue with getting a shot of him for money.

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    ...but would you go far enough to be a real paparazzo, would you sneak up to the man's backyard and take pictures of his 6-year old in the swimmingpool? I hope not...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jev View Post
    ...but would you go far enough to be a real paparazzo, would you sneak up to the man's backyard and take pictures of his 6-year old in the swimmingpool? I hope not...
    I voted Yes, but with taste. And that would be tasteless in my values. There are limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
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    Actually, I intended to ask Rick (he would, after all, take the picture if the opportunity is there and the money is good). Threw away the whole quote while replying

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    No, cause to me a backyard is a private space, even though the law (in Aus) says differently in regard to photography (ie. if it is viewable from a public space it can be photographed)

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    No I wouldnt do iut as a job - but say I was taking a pic of something else and an opportunity was there which didn't involve stalking and following around a person to get some good shot people would pay for then I'd probably take it (as long as wasnt bad taste or trashy or something...)
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    Did K. Rudds missus deserve to have her photo taken at he gym, probably not, but the photo was deemed "news" worthy by woman's day. Hiding behind "No expectation of Privacy" photos like this risk the right to photograph in a public place for all of us.

    Above said, find me Tracey Grimshaw or Zoe Meunier topless on her local beach and all moral objections are off. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfart View Post
    Did K. Rudds missus deserve to have her photo taken at he gym, probably not, but the photo was deemed "news" worthy by woman's day. Hiding behind "No expectation of Privacy" photos like this risk the right to photograph in a public place for all of us.

    Above said, find me Tracey Grimshaw or Zoe Meunier topless on her local beach and all moral objections are off. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
    The issue with K Rudd's missus is that the photo were taken from inside the gym, the person who took them was in the gym and obviously had a hidden camera. So as they did not have permission to be photographing inside private premises, the photos were illegally taken. Interesting argument though, cause if the gym has cctv, then any attendees must accept being photographed...so...

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