The Beginner Photography Podcast

358: Savannah Dodd - Capturing Conscientiously: Photography Ethics 101

March 28, 2023 Raymond Hatfield
The Beginner Photography Podcast
358: Savannah Dodd - Capturing Conscientiously: Photography Ethics 101
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On this episode of The Beginner Photography Podcast, the importance of ethical decision-making in photography is explored. Host Raymond Hatfield and guest Savannah Dodd delve into the personal and contextual factors that contribute to ethical decision making, and the impact of sharing a photograph. They discuss the lack of clear-cut ethical guidelines and provide tips for cultivating ethical decision-making skills. Savannah shares her personal experience navigating ethical challenges working with a charity in Uganda and gives advice on photographing ethical subjects. The episode concludes with a challenge for listeners to create their own photographer's statement of ethics.

Savannah Dodd is a passionate photographer who believes in the immense power of photography for good. With her camera, she strives to shape how others see the world in a responsible and conscious way. Through her work, she hopes to inspire others to be more mindful of their power and use it to create a better world.

Big Ideas with Timestamps:

  • 00:05:19 Winning a Photography Competition.
  • 00:10:44 Raise ethical concerns in work.
  • 00:16:35 Ethics depend on context.
  • 00:17:25 Prioritize ethical principles.
  • 00:26:29 Think carefully about impact.
  • 00:30:08 Question assumptions before photographing.
  • 00:36:00 Respect individual experience.
  • 00:41:03 Personal connection and motivation.
  • 00:46:17 Be conscious of power.
  • 00:55:16 Be the ethical decision maker.


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Winning a Photography Competition
Raise ethical concerns in work.
Ethics depend on context.
Prioritize ethical principles.
Think carefully about impact.
Question assumptions before photographing.
Respect individual experience
Personal connection and motivation.
Be conscious of power.
Be the ethical decision maker.