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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Diane

    Although social media has gone against all levels of what’s accepted in terms of taking/publishing unauthorized photos of people, legally, you must have a signed waiver allowing you to publish another person’s photo or property. It’s like stealing their image and ideas.

    1. Kevin

      You are right how social media has up-ended everything…20 years or so ago you used to always need a “model release” form to publish anyone’s photo..Now with the pervasiveness of social media that is almost impossible to police…

  2. Mona G.

    I agree 100% with you Kevin on this one….I would not be happy if it was a picture taken of me without my knowledge……

  3. Eydie Ritchison

    I agree wholeheartedly with your philosophy on photography. I wish more people (attention: “newsmen”) felt that way. As to the ‘gone fishin’ picture, the funny part of it to me is that it appears that the horse has all four hooves off the pavement at the same time.

    1. Kevin

      Eydie, good observation, I hadn’t noticed that:) A levitating horse!

  4. RG Schmidt

    I agree with your take, Kevin; no photos where the subject is recognizable. If it’s a news event, anyone is fair game, but I still get a model release if a person is the main subject of the photo. Gets me some strange reactions, but my camera bag always has a half-dozen or so in it.

  5. Mary Lehan

    I appreciate your consideration of not publishing peoples photos without their permission. It is a courtesy that is ignored in society today. Sensitivity
    to other peoples beliefs is something we can all learn from. Not everyone
    understands different traditions. But if a person is visiting a new area, it is wise for them to investigate the ways of those people.
    Thank you for sharing.


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