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I think it's a mix of talking to people and just grab and run sometimes. It can be interesting and you can learn things by talking to your subjects.
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Another twist on this is what if you line up your camera to shoot something, someone appears unexpectedly in your shot just as you take the photo and the resulting image is actually BETTER than that you had originally planned?
I've just come back from a short break and this very thing happened to me. I was photographing a parade and at one point another spectator's head popped into view just as I pushed the shutter button. The resulting shot was a wonderful image of someone beaming away at the parade rather than just another with a long line of musicians.
Of course, I didn't ask her afterwards, but then as I was in Germany, couldn't speak the language and never intended to photograph her it shouldn't be a problem if I don't intend to sell the image.
Would this whole question of permission / not permission be different if one was photographing unsuspecting members of the public in, say, France ?
You'd need a longer lens.
I saw a device advertised in a magazine that looks like a normal lens but has a mirror halfway down tilted at 45 degrees, the effect is that you can photograph someone standing to your right or left whilst the camera appears to point straight ahead.
How about one of these ?
I`m a pure newbie and one of the greatest pleasures in photography I have discovered is candids. I never ever take photos of homeless or children, anything else I see as fair game. If I think i`ve been "clocked" I`ll approach the person and offer to delete or email them a copy. I get more requests for emails than I do for deletions. Oh yeah, I`ve also made a few new friends along the way, and have found that anyone on a bike, skateboard or rollers can be quite aggressive and are to be avoided!
How about a setup like this, works a treat. You can even stick the camera over a wall or around a corner.
On the over hand get yourself a foot pump and a giant pink inflatable elephant to hide behind.
There were lots of topless sunbathers on the beach at Bournemouth last year, i just didn't have the confidence to get it out....the camera i mean 8-)
Get a really decent pair of trainers. Now shove the lens in their face, click and RUN LIKE THE WIND!!!
You'll pay for the trainers in a few weeks with the money saved from not giving it to your subjects.
Hope this helps,
i could i suppose offer to rub suntan lotion into the topless young sunbathers in return for some photographs....do you think that might work?
While in Covent Garden, London recently, I saw two or three people walking around taking candid photographs (with long lenses) of people. I watched them for a while, they just clicked and walked away. I then saw one taking a photograph of a lady, dressed in black sat on her own totally engrossed in reading a paper. It looked a good subject so I thought I would try myself. I quickly focused then locked it. Looked away for a few seconds. Looked back and quickly took the shot. I like the shot myself, I had to crank up the ISO and It's not really sharp. It's in my portfolio.
I only hope she doesn't look on EPZ!!
Quote: It's in my portfolio.
ohhh....click fisher click fisher!
I shoot nothing but candids during spring to autumn (winter's too cold) and have only one rule for the homeless, only shoot when they're sleeping and that's only because I can handle myself if things get tricky.
Too many waifs-and-strays carry knives for their own protection, but there are also too many who have mental-problems. It's best to steer well clear.
EDIT - so what if I'm a 'click-fisher!'
Quote: i suppose offer to rub suntan lotion into the topless young sunbathers in return for some photographs.
Its a problem in some small seaside towns - the photographer has to ask girls to put something on so he can get photos which the local paper can use.
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