Privacy of the Public: Every Photographer Must Know

A strange incident surfaced a few days ago where a lady refused to pay a valet for parking. The valet sat on the car’s bonnet while she drives away.
Bizarre or funny though it may appear, an onlooker who recorded the incident (and shared on social media) was arrested.
“Recording people without their knowledge and publishing their images on social media or on websites is a criminal offence in the UAE.” – Colonel Faisal Al Qasim.
The article goes on to add how shooting a photo or video could be interpreted as a ‘misuse of technology’, ‘breach of privacy’. ‘disclosing data’, etc.

In this Wikipedia article, Google Street View imagery were objected in many countries including India. It says “As of March 2018, the Indian Government has rejected Google Street View due to security concerns”. While this may refer to the official Street View car, it may also be applicable to Local Guides globally.

Insta360 cameras are excellent for uploading content to Street View app. The logic is to allow users to explore places, businesses, routes, etc without having to visit the location themselves.

Customers and enthusiasts are urged to follow the minimum basics of uploading content – blur faces and license plate numbers. Show respect to the privacy of an individual. If you’ve earned the Trusted Photographer badge, all your past work should be presented professionally. Read more about the Google policies here.

How about non STA media? If you’re shooting for your personal use or a client, make sure you have the permission of the person (or people) you are shooting. Explain where and how it would be used.

In a Netflix episode from Tales of Light, the photographer shoots certain slums of Bangladesh, with the ulterior motive of improving the living conditions of children there. While he may be UNESCO backed, portrait photography of kids may be sensitive in all parts of the world.

If you’re in a pub and use an Insta360 ONE X to capture your group (and probably post it on Facebook), as a panoramic camera, it captures a 360 image – which means the others in the pub are also being shown. Not everyone is aware of what such a device is capable of, and you may be violating their privacy inadvertently.
Think of the potential repercussions to them – an underage person sipping on a beer, being seen by his parents. A boyfriend seeing his girl two-timing or three-timing him, etc. You get the idea.

Summer vacation – everyone’s traveling and shooting pictures. Take some effort to edit/blur out others before posting it online. The same goes for shots of public places, zoos, religious establishments, shopping malls and more.

Apart from Insta360 Studio, there are editing softwares such as Adobe Premier Pro, Mac’s Final Cut Pro X, Snapseed and many others. Join the official Facebook Group where fellow photographers and the Insta360 tech support team keep discussing and sharing interesting topics. When you’re in doubt about anything – feel free to ask.

Essentials for New Users

Here are some FAQs that buyers ask before or just after purchase. Email us with feedback and suggestions – we are always looking forward to improve.

1) Where can I get tech support and answers for my questions?
Visit the official website Insta360.com and click on the yellow chat window on the bottom-right corner. The support team is renewed worldwide and will be able to assist you with all your questions, for any product.

2) What about the warranty in India?
The manufacturer warranty is for one year. Adostrophe supports for an additional three years in India, as long as you’ve purchased the camera from us.

3) Let’s say I broke a lens. What’s next?
Contact tech support and create a ticket. If the team finds it necessary to have the device sent to them, there might be a shipping cost involved. It may get complicated sending it to China in terms of paperwork, but we can help with that.

4) I received the new Insta360 ONE X. What should I do first?
Ensure that the firmware is upgraded. You will get a prompt from the mobile app. Connect the camera to your device – Settings – About Insta360 – Firmware version. Also calibrate the gyro from a flat surface.

5) I’ve ordered and waiting for my camera. What can I do meanwhile?
We strongly recommend you join the official Facebook group, to see trending discussions, creative ideas on shooting, and to get your questions answered.

6) With the ONE X, would I need a memory card? What do you recommend?
Yes, a MicroSD card is necessary. We would recommend a SanDisk U3 card, which has good write speeds, especially for a camera that shoots 5.7 resolution videos. Here’s an example on Amazon.in (sold by other sellers not associated with Adostrophe).

7) How can I earn money from my 360 degree camera?
Many years back, we wanted to earn money as a Google Trusted Photographer (Street View) and although a smartphone could take a 360 photo, the stitching issues were quite significant. We bought the Insta360 Nano and found that it was shockingly clear and had an easy workflow. Then we progressed to Nano S, ONE and now the ONE X.
Once you get the badge, we recommend you create a website and use Google Ads to promote your photography services.

8) What are the industries that could use my services?
360 media and Virtual Reality is applicable in all verticals – education, agriculture, medicine, defence, sports, etc. One of the fastest growing industries is real estate – potential buyers can scroll around and see the interiors/exteriors in one file. In the U.S., the ONE X has gained immense popularity as a sports-action camera. The Pro 2 allows a filmmaker to shoot the entire scene, and edit later to display the best parts. Creativity is the limit.

9) What if I’m not happy with the product?
One of the competitive advantages that Adostrophe has over other sellers is that we offer a full refund/replacement for three months. No questions asked! Our confidence stems from the quality of the products.

10) Can I promote my work through Adostrophe?
By all means! Over the years, we have built a community of 360 degree photographers and enthusiasts. Send us your photo or video – and we may publish it on our FB page, giving you due credit.