Lastrega Posted October 2, 2014 Share Posted October 2, 2014 I am not very experienced with this and consequently, like you, I am a bit reticent about taking photos of people on the street, but I think that helps - not looking too professional. I don't do much deliberate street photography, but I have found that, even when I hang around for ages and am very visibly trying to get a picture of a street type scene, it's almost impossible to get the picture without people wandering into my shot. That is annoying - until you realise that they obviously don't care if they are in your picture, so just press the button. It is not always possible to take someone with you - but you can always take your camera whenever you go out with someone else - this helps a lot to make you more invisible - you look like just another visitor / tourist. I very obviously point the camera at stuff that doesn't seem very interesting and the scatter gun approach along with looking inordinately happy about brick walls and betting shops makes people think I am just a harmless, hapless woman with a camera that is too big for her to manage. I obviously don't know what I am doing and a big smile to anyone you catch watching you re-enforces the impression. Or maybe it is cos.I.is.blonde. I have asked to take pictures of people working and wait with baited breath until they they say 'you're not from the DSS?' I say no, but if they they'd rather not, it's ok, I'm just trying to sell the pics to the papers because they need photos of people working and if it's ok, I can leave their faces out....... which so far has resulted in folk saying 'No, no, I'm legit, carry on'. People also think you are strange if you take pics of your food in restaurants, maybe you should be getting out more? Make it obvious you are doing it and then, when they are looking at you like you are a harmless nerd, ask to take a picture of the pizza chef working. It's been hard to go up and ask people if I can take their picture, but the surprising thing is that the knockbacks are not nearly so embarrassing as you'd expect - just smile, say 'thanks anyway, no problem' and head off somewhere else. The nice thing is that some people are really fine about it. These two old guys said yes and at the last moment, one of them said 'It's not going to be in the papers is it?' So I said 'Hopefully - if they think you look good enough' and the other one said 'so, do you want the dog in it too?' E2HKAF Sorry, don't seem to be able to drag and drop. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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