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Shot from the hip

28 Nov 2014 11:49AM   Views : 4512 Unique : 749

I like street photography, but I haven't done a lot of it - I suppose I'm just not very courageous, I don't like people noticing that I'm pointing a lens at them. So the solution is to do it covertly.

In this case, after having looked at this Croatian musician, I pretended to be interested in something else and walked away, with my camera in hand, hanging by my side, and with the lens pointing back towards the man - who by then was looking past me at something that was going on elsewhere. Click, and I got the shot. I was lucky to get him in the shot whole.


Tags: Photography Hip Street Shot Dubrovnik


Pete 22 18.8k 97 England
28 Nov 2014 11:51AM
I've never been comfortable pointing at strangers...and have missed some amazing opportunities, especially in the Marrakesh Souk.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
28 Nov 2014 11:54AM
Sounds like we have the same problem! I greatly admire people who are able to just go stand in front of others and take their picture, just like that. They get some great shots.
JohnHawthorne 17 1.7k 5 Scotland
29 Nov 2014 11:13PM
It's never easy but just smile. Most of the time if people see me pointing my camera at them they just ignore me. Sometimes they smile and very rarely does anyone say anything and if they do it's always amicable. I've only once ever asked to take a photo - when I spotted a group of kids playing and I politely asked the parents if I could take a few photos - they just shrugged their shoulders, smiled and said something to the effect of "Yeah that's fine by me".

I've also shot from the hip though and you can great some great shots that way too, especially if you set the shoot mode to continuous quick fire.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
1 Dec 2014 3:18PM
Ah, you machine-gun it, yes I can see how that could work. In this case the enormous lcd screen on my Olympus helped a lot. Smile

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