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circumstances

The term “circumstances” as used in Q8 refers to the conditions surrounding the making of a photograph.

The term “circumstances” includes every aspect of the making of a photograph: the identity and role of the photographer; aspects of the subject that might keep the photo from depicting what it appears to depict; the photographer’s equipment choices, settings, and placement of the camera; changes to the subject before and during the taking of the picture; and everything else.

When something about the circumstances in the making of a photograph make a image potentially deceptive or misleading — for example when inapparent circumstances cause the photograph to appear to depict something it does not depict — then the TCQ photographer can use the “presentation” to alert viewers thoroughly enough that Q8 can be fully met.

See the guide to IC alerts for details.