[Linux-aus] Photos at conferences

matt matheist76 at westnet.com.au
Tue Jan 21 16:30:20 EST 2014

I too had thought of "photography free zones" but only after watching 
this discussion so I agree with Luke that expanding these to other 
conference areas would be problematic.

I think the "photography free zones"  would be easy to setup. All you 
would do is look at what seats are included in the wide shot of the 
video cameras and then mark those seats as such. If they aren't it would 
be easy for someone to ask if they would be in a shot where they are 

For the Key note that might be able to be done. However if that can't 
can't be done then at least we should let people know this and try our 
best only to get a very crowd which would make identifying anyone hard.

In any room if you do ask a question and your aren't in one of the pfzs 
then you should expect to get the full zoom treatment. Of course this 
should be well publicized including notices on the wall.

What ever is done as far as photos are concerned we need to have clear 
rules so that both delegates and volunteers know what is and is not 
acceptable. Especially the awesome av volunteers who have enough on 
their plates trying to get great videos.

Matt Franklin

On 21/01/14 14:09, Luke John wrote:
> Something I had hoped to have organised at lca2014 and may work for 
> future conferences is a clear concept of "photography free zones" in 
> one of the back corners of lecture theatres. Though the problem of 
> expanding this concept into other conference areas is segregation.
> Whilst I think the concept of having additional different coloured 
> lanyards to depict additional information like individuals photography 
> preferences is a nice way to let people know you don't want close up 
> photos, I think standing in a large crowd wearing a lanyard that 
> conveyed I didn't want to be included even in large crowd shots would 
> be disconsiderate of the many in our community who enjoy photography.
> On 21/01/2014 11:06 am, "Brent Wallis" <brent.wallis at gmail.com 
> <mailto:brent.wallis at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM, Russell Stuart
>     <russell-linuxaus at stuart.id.au
>     <mailto:russell-linuxaus at stuart.id.au>> wrote:
>         On Tue, 2014-01-21 at 12:34 +1100, Eyal Lebedinsky wrote:
>         > Just playing the devil's advocate here: "I want to see
>         photos and want
>         > to be photographed myself, and I am next to the person who
>         does *not*
>         > want this".
>         I try to take a photo of you both.  Mr Introvert says "please
>         don't".
>         Mr Extrovert says "please do".  Are you telling me you can't
>         suggest a
>         compromise that everyone would likely find acceptable?
>     With respect:
>     Extrovert != OK to take my Pic.
>     Introvert != Not OK to take my pic.
>     The reasons for a person to make such decisions are probably best
>     not labelled. These things are personal choices based on personal
>     reasons.
>     TBH, I have no answer to offer on this issue but any suggestions
>     so far have failed to take into account the rise of indiscriminate
>     image creation devices like Goggle Glass.
>     For any policy/rule/friendly agreement to work, it needs to be
>     able to be policed and devices like GG (which lets face is
>     probably only the start) make that really hard for organisers...
>     If given a choice, I would not like to be photographed but ...
>     what choice do any of us have these days in that regard?
>     If you catch a train or bus, use an ATM, walk a CBD street, walk
>     past a shop with a CCTV camera, drive a car, etc etc etc...;
>     chances are your image will be captured by something.
>     IMHO there is probably no "definitive super duper fix all" answer
>     for this issue... but a clear and concise Privacy Policy is a good
>     start. :-)
>     BW
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