Photography

In general, Ghanaians love being photographed, but always ask for permission first. The person involved will strike a pose, so you won't get a very spontaneous shot, but you can get some good photos this way. After you've taken the shot, around 20 children will clamour to have their photo taken. Sometimes people don't want to be photographed because they don't like to advertise their poverty. In Ghana, it's usually the woman who doesn’t want to be photographed. Respect their wishes. Photography can spark off contact with Ghanaians, who are always touched if you send them a copy of the photo. And they like to see pictures of your home - the members of your family, where you live and of sporting events. Rolls in film and batteries are more expensive in Ghana so it's advisable to take everything you think you'll need with you from home. Keep your cameras in their cases, protected against sun and dust. You could take an UV filter with you to protect the lens. It is strictly forbidden to take pictures of military barracks, airfields, harbours, dams and other such buildings.