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If I'd like to take a picture with someone, how do I go about asking them? And also, if I want to take a picture of someone, how should I ask them? Would it be something like

写真を撮ってもいいですか?

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To take a picture with someone:

一緒に写真を撮って(も)いいですか?

To take a picture of someone, when the subject is your friend:

写真(を)撮って(も)いい?

When you know the subject is ready to be taken a picture (for example when it's Mickey Mouse in Tokyo Disney Land):

写真を撮って(も)いいですか?

Something like 写真お願いします usually means 'Can you take a photo for/of us?', but it's actually a confusing expression and it may work in this situation, too (See the joke #5 in this page).

But usually you have to be more polite and say like this:

写真を撮らせてもらって(も)いいですか?
写真を撮らせていただいて(も)いいですか?

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  • @John It's perfectly grammatical, but it's very rude :) – naruto Aug 1 '18 at 5:31
  • @john Both. Even if you are a professional photographer and have a good reason to stop a stranger on the street and take their picture, you have to use more polite language. As I said in the answer, 写真を撮っていいですか is perfectly fine to a mascot character in an amusement park or a "cosplayer" in a party. – naruto Aug 1 '18 at 5:45
  • @john If you really have a reason, you have to learn politer keigo, explain your purpose and obtain a consent. 写真を撮っていいですか is too casual and almost scary. – naruto Aug 1 '18 at 6:11

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