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Photographing "ordinary" people

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
20 Jul 2013 11:29AM
Models are great, they look amazing, know 10001 different poses which they can work through so you get loads of variety, and are usually pretty patient types - especially if you're paying them.

"Ordinary" people on the other hand usually don't have much experience, stand awkwardly and really have no idea what to do - where to put their arms, where to look... or anything like that.

What tips/tricks/ideas do people use to get great shots of ordinary people.... ?

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arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 11:43AM
Magazine tear sheets can help - I find if the subject has some kind of reference as to how they should be looking, the results are noticeably better.

Alternatively, tell them to pretend to be a model Smile
AlanJ Plus
5 1.0k England
20 Jul 2013 11:44AM
Sneak up on them!Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
20 Jul 2013 11:49AM
throw them a ball/apple....

as they're about to catch them, their arms move and they pull funny faces Wink
AlanJ Plus
5 1.0k England
20 Jul 2013 11:51AM
Very long lens through the crack in their bedroom curtains .................did I say that out loud?Blush
robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 11:53AM
beat caught naturally when they busy lots dont noticeSmile
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
20 Jul 2013 1:19PM
Say 'cheese' Wink
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 1:33PM
I photograph them when they're mostly not aware of it. Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
20 Jul 2013 1:33PM
they often do that anyway

"prunes" is better.... get them to say that instead
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
20 Jul 2013 1:37PM
Get them to say whiskey, slowly, i.e. whissss......key. Click the shutter on "key". Smile
petebfrance 6 2.7k France
20 Jul 2013 1:38PM
I'll try that, but as the French seem to like prunes they may just look hungry
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
20 Jul 2013 1:40PM
Getting them to do daft things, or think of stuff, often gets a decent reaction too. You only need 1/100th of sec of daftness if you're quick Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
20 Jul 2013 2:52PM
Tell them to pull their stomachs in, gets a reaction and a laugh most times.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
20 Jul 2013 10:01PM
Turn up and photograph them naked Ade Smile
20 Jul 2013 10:05PM
Turn up in a Scooby doo onesie and say you got the appointments mixed up

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