I addressed this topic in the "topless" post but I feel it's important enough to create a thread.
.."I am always astonished by the women who are concerned about if someone takes their picture nude on the beach"....a quote from the "topless" post. Of course they are concerned. Someone is taking a picture of them without their permission...topless or not, that is unacceptable.
I personally HATE IT when someone I do not know points a camera at me, whether I am clothed or unclothed. It is RUDE to take someone's picture without asking their permission. I live in a tourist town in Northern California, next to a popular landmark/tourist spot and have had the occasion many times to halt video taping of my home or my person without my permission...most times pleasantly, once not so pleasantly. It happened to me as well when I was on tour with the Grateful Dead. My position is that I am not the topic of your vacation or experience, leave me alone.
When taking photos on your vacation I know it's "quaint" to take pictures of the children in their school uniforms etc....but make sure you ask first and don't be surprised if they ask you for money. (The children we took pictures of in Roaring River didn't ask, we offered to give them treats (candy and such) but their parents refused to allow them to accept.)
Once again it is a respect issue...locals, tourists on the beach, children all have the right to refuse to have their photograph taken. When we take pictures of people we ask, most often not refused, or we tend to take "broad" shots that are non-descript (for example, a busy market in Lucea or Sav). Mostly we take pictures of our friends. :)
So please folks, this little topic may seem insignificant but it's important to respect everyone's privacy and wishes. Ask first, shoot questions later ;)