If I want to say "can I take a photo of you (your face)", how should I proceed?

Могу снять фото на вас?

Могу снять портрет ваш?

Or neither of the aforementioned?

  • Both phrases are incorrect - I'm mentioning this only for a future references
    – shabunc
    Jul 19, 2018 at 17:34

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It's можно вас сфотографировать?

Фотографировать is Russian for "photographing", "taking a picture", and it has a direct object in accusative, so there is not need to recourse to analytic constructs similar to English ones.

As a side note, Russians are usually not particularly fond of people on street taking their pictures without a good reason, so if you just want to take a photo of a stranger on the street, it would not hurt to throw in some kind of explanation:

Простите, можно вас сфотографировать? Я из …, мне для …

"Excuse me, can I take your picture? I'm from …, and it's for …".

  • Better yet, use the form: "... разрешите Вас сфотографировать ..." offering an apology and an explanation, like @Quassnoi said.
    – yury10578
    Jul 19, 2018 at 17:54
  • As a side note—I've never heard a Russian use the word (с)фотографировать. They all seems to use (с)фоткать/ (с)фоткаться.
    – VCH250
    Jul 19, 2018 at 18:52
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    @VCH250 LOL. I wonder (actually no, I want never know that) who are people with who you are usually contact.
    – Dmitriy
    Jul 20, 2018 at 7:09
  • What a coincidence! When I was in Russia last year, I told a few people "можно сфотографировать вас?" precisely! I just wanted to know if there's an alternative way to tell it, but apparently not.
    – swrutra
    Aug 1, 2018 at 18:48

If one is asking complete strangers I'd go with Вы не против, если я вас сфотографирую? - it sounds to me subtly more polite and sort of less insistent rather than можно-form mentioned in the different question (which is 100% percent valid of course).


в разговорной речи так ( in colloquial speech so ) :

не правильно (not properly) : простите разрешите..

правильно: можно вас сфоткать? можно с вами сфоткаться?

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    Too many mistakes (almost in every word) for a person pretending to be a teacher...
    – Dmitriy
    Jul 20, 2018 at 7:12

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