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Thread: Need advice from street photogs
07-25-2010, 11:39 AM #1
Need advice from street photogs
Been working on my project for a few months now, but I still don't really have a knack for street photography. I am good at making people comfortable and usually talk for a good amount of time with the subjects, but at this point I feel like that isn't good technique because I never seem to get what I want from them. Is it better to just walk and snap and stay far away? Where I am I'm not really comfortable doing that all the time, but it seems like the only viable option at this point. Am I being too vague about the problem I'm having?
So, any of you that are good at this/ have any advice, it would be much appreciated.Talking shit about a pretty sunset.
07-25-2010, 11:40 AM #2
Too long, didn't read summary: need tips on how to effectively get the pictures I want from people I don't know, without being too damn awkward about it.Talking shit about a pretty sunset.
07-25-2010, 12:44 PM #3
i feel like this photo applies somehow.
07-25-2010, 12:49 PM #4
haha that pictures gets me every timeTalking shit about a pretty sunset.
07-25-2010, 01:17 PM #5Registered User
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A good rule of street photography is that it's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission. Once people become camera-aware, they start acting, and they lose whatever attracted your eye in the first place. Shoot first, ask questions later.
Also it is good to look like a dumb tourist rather than a photographer, so only carry one camera and one lens. I think it is a big mistake to shoot from far away, it just makes you look suspicious, and the pictures become impersonal. Shoot close & wide, and walk slow.
I guess one question is: what are the pictures you "want from people"? What do you want that you are not getting? If you have any images to share, that would help too.
07-25-2010, 02:25 PM #6
I will try to find some examples and upload them to show you better what I'm doing.Talking shit about a pretty sunset.
07-25-2010, 02:31 PM #7
Can you not imbed from flickr anymore?Talking shit about a pretty sunset.
07-25-2010, 02:34 PM #8Makes Sweet Custom Skis
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07-26-2010, 03:29 AM #9saaka! Guest
candid is the way.
If I want a good image from a situation like you describe... I set up the camera before and while I am getting into position to shoot I have already shot a few images, and the image I take 'set up' usually go to the trash. Basically catching the person before they put on there face.
I think most of the time you will not get exactly what you want but you will get some variation that tells a different story, as to what the moment actually was.
And that usually, is just as good.