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Yesterday I met a very famous Japanese person. I panicked and asked him, 「写真をとってもよろしいでしょうか」

Was this correct? Or was this too polite and kind of strange?

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    Panicking when you meet them is a well-accepted form of respect :) – Mathieu Bouville May 2 '19 at 14:17
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    FWIW, that sentence includes no 尊敬語 (by its strict linguistic definition). It’s just further along the 丁寧語 gradient. – Darius Jahandarie May 2 '19 at 14:40
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Assuming you met him privately, yes that was correct. 写真撮ってもいいですか is usually acceptable (especially if you are young), but 写真を撮ってもよろしいでしょうか is never overly polite nor strange.

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