The Perils of Geotagging

I am a huge fan of geotagging my photos, to the point that I made a decision to buy a Canon EOS 7D Mark II ( based on the fact that it included a GPS receiver. With the geotagging feature turned on, the location where I capture each image can be recorded by the camera in the metadata for each image. I can later view all of my photos on the map within Lightroom, which can be tremendously helpful.

However, I recently ran across an article that made me realize this feature isn’t always a good thing. For example, an article on the RhinoProtect website points out that if you share photos online, poachers may use GPS metadata embedded in those photos to track wildlife.

You can read the full article on the RhinoProtect website here:

Beware: Poachers use Geo Tagged Instagram photos to track wildlife

The bottom line is that when you are photographing sensitive subjects, you may want to turn off the geotagging feature in your camera. Or, when sharing photos, you may want to first remove the location information (and perhaps other details) from metadata.


$44,000 Fine for Undisclosed Retouching

A new law in France requires that photos where the model’s shape has been altered to make it appear thinner or larger must be labeled as having been retouched (“photographie retouchée“). The penalty for violating this law is 37,500 euros (approximately US$44,200).
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According to the French Health Ministry, the law is intended “to avoid the promotion of unattainable ideas of beauty and to prevent youth anorexia”.

In response to the new law, which took effect October 1, 2017, Getty Images has issued a statement indicating that images where a model’s body shape or contour has been retouched will no longer be accepted into the Getty Images creative library. The statement further clarified that this type of image manipulation had already been prohibited for editorial content based on the Getty Images’ Editorial Integrity Policy.

The full statement from Getty Images can be found here: