Camera phone etiquette
1. Respect other people's privacy. Use the camera discreetly; which means no pictures from locker rooms, toilets, baths, or similar establishments and situations.
2. Respect the rules of the place you are at. Don't use the camera where mobile phones or cameras are forbidden. If the camera in the phone is on, it means the mobile phone is also on, which causes the device to transmit radio signals. Airplanes, hospitals and other places which rely on the use of sensitive radio frequency equipment don't want interference from phones, nor do theaters want beeping phones disturbing their audience.
3. Save faces. If you want to snap and share photos of people whose faces are recognizable in the picture, you should get their permission. Some countries prohibit such activity by law, usually excluding celebrities and public figures. In some cultures, photographing of people is not approved at all.
4. Pictures tell stories. They certainly do, but only if the recipients can tell what the story is about. Make sure that the recipient of your photo understands it in the way you intended it to be. Photos taken on a camera phone tend to be small, somewhat fuzzy, and lighting conditions are often less than ideal. If you have the slightest doubt that your photo might be misunderstood, snap a better photo before sending it.
5. Consider other people's tolerance in receiving a large number of photos. The memory space on their phones and airtime minutes in their plans maybe limited. If you are really enthusiastic about your newly discovered photographic skills and are keen to share your pictures, there is an easy way to show your photos to the world. Create a moblog, a camera phone photo album on the Internet, and post as many photos as you like. Have a look at this review of moblog services for what's available on the Internet.
6. Behave responsibly for the type of content you send and to whom you send it. When you are subscribing to a mobile service plan, you are not anonymous on the network. The phone number not only identifies you to the network and to the recipient when you make a phone call, but it also identifies your emails, text messages and multimedia messages (MMS) sent from the phone.
7. Add a note and your name on photo messages. If the receiver is not in the inner circle of your friends, he or she may not have your phone number for matching it with your name in the phone's contact list. Also, the receiver isn't necessarily familiar with all the people in your picture, so adding a brief note with the photo is worth the effort.
8. Share useful photos. A change in a train schedule can be a nerve-wrecking experience to the whole neighborhood, unless a camera phone owner sends a photo of the new timetable to fellow commuters. Or perhaps you’ve found a nice piece of art, but want to feel confident that the folks back home like it, too. A photo and a request for votes will be appreciated.
9. Keep your hands off other people's camera phones. If you take a photo with someone else's camera phone without the owner's knowledge, and worse, decide to send the photo to someone in the phone's contact list, not only are you borrowing the camera phone owner's identity, but you could be messing around with his or her personal life as well.
10. Restrict incoming photo messages if you are flooded with them. Inform the sender that too much is too much. If that doesn’t help, changing the multimedia message (MMS) settings in your phone should help. Depending on the phone model, it is possible to leave the messages on the network operator's server (and view them later), or cut them off totally for a while and continue receiving photos later on.