Ethics

In conservation and wildlife photography, I believe there are at least two primary ethical issues to consider:

A) What impact does taking the photograph have  – both at the actual time of capture (e.g. could it stress an animal, change its behaviour), and in the future (e.g. do the images use help conservation and wildlife etc.).
B) Is the photograph honest

The answers to these questions are not always as simple as they appear, however I think a good place to start is by always keeping in mind the four virtues of:
> Empathy
> Gentleness
> Compassion  – or some might say kindness)
> Transparency  – in what you have done and created)

Sometimes there is  a lot to consider, your ego can get involved, there is pressure from clients etc, so I find what can really help is asking myself  ‘What would a good person do in this situation?’.

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