You don’t ask for permission when doing candid photography or street photography. If you do,
you’d erase that candid naturalness important in street photography. Therefore, to ask
permission before taking a picture when the composition is just right is totally humbug. In street
photography, the decisive moment to click the shutter is just a fraction of a second. In street
photography, quite often moving objects and gestures could be a bit blurry because you need to be
split second ready in capturing split second motion which could be lost if you take time to adjust
your camera’s function and most shots are also taken without the aid of tripods not like shooting
still life or landscapes. And when one enters a street photography contest, please dear judges, do
not ask the photographer to seek permission from the one whose image was captured in the scene.
At all times they are just figures who happen to be there at the right place and at the right time~ a
natural composition rather. And do not confuse street photography with peeping tom
photography which is engaging others in their private moments in private places whether they are
in compromising positions or not.