If you take a photograph of a copyrighted item, this can sometimes count as reproducing the item and is a violation of copyright. However, there are some cases when it is okay - read this document from the World Intellectual Property Organization to learn more.
According the U.S. Copyright Office's factsheet on Fair Use, the rights of copyright owners are subject to limitations. One of the more important limitations is the doctrine of "Fair Use."
The doctrine of Fair Use allows users of copyrighted works to reproduce and reuse copyrighted works in ways that are considered fair--such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law provides four factors to consider when considering whether the use of copyrighted works is a fair one:
The U.S. Copyright Office's factsheet on "Fair Use" notes that
The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines or notes that may safely be taken without permission. [Emphasis added] Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.