The happy picture is usually a remembrance of a fantastic moment or place we visited. Most tourists make sure they take a thousand pictures and film as much as they can, so they can show their family and friends how good their holiday was and share a bit of that moment with them. In most cases, there is nothing wrong with that and it is just a healthy part of a fantastic holiday. Now with smartphones that is even easier, since you don’t need to carry a lot of equipment to get great-quality photos and videos. Just make sure you have a good memory card on it.
Rules and regulations
You must be sure of what you can and cannot do in the place you are visiting, or your happy picture may end up in a very expensive heartbreak.
Most places can be photographed or filmed without an issue. But in some countries, there are very strict regulations regarding what you can and cannot do when you are visiting the country. You might not be able to film or photograph Government or public buildings, they usually have signage warning people about that prohibition.
Authorities might be another no-no. Some people like to take a photo of a police officer or any other authority. In some countries, you can do that and they are usually very approachable. But you must be aware that in other countries might be an offence, even they might still be nice and approachable.
In some monuments and in most museums, you might be able to film or photograph the outside, but once you are inside it’s off-limits.
I believe in most cases is common sense. Is it sensible to take this picture? If your answer is no, then don’t take it. I have seen plenty of people taking “happy pictures” in Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome. I am sure they didn’t want to be insensitive, but the reality is that place was a death place for a lot of people, so those photos could be avoided.
I would say that the best is always to check the regulations, so you don’t get in trouble and never assume the rules you are used to in your country apply in another country. Then be mindful of the place you are visiting and the significance of that place before you decide to take a picture or make a video.
This will save you from a lot of issues and will ensure an even more fantastic holiday.