The time and the numerous trips that I had the luck to do allowed me to improve my technique and learn the odd trick that I would like to share today in this article. If you like to photograph strangers on the street, today’s article is to print and save
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Photographing strangers on the street is a tricky subject. Whenever I write about this topic I give it a couple of laps because I never know if I do well. I say this because photographing strangers on the street is a subject that requires some responsibility. I admit that I enjoy a lot of photographing strangers in the street, and I confess that at first I personally cared a lot about unknown people taking pictures of me, but over time I have been less important.
If you are going to do this, do not forget the following:
Respect the law of the jurisdiction in which you are. If you live or travel to a country where it is clearly forbidden to photograph people on the street, you should avoid it.
Respect ethics. This point I will have to leave open because each one will define our ethics and our values in a different way, but if shooting a certain photo seems unethical, or you do not see it clearly, do not take that photo.
Respect people If someone explicitly asks you not to photograph him, do not do it or publish the photo. You can create problems
And now, for the advice
1) Let them become familiar with the camera
A camera, especially SLR, is a striking and unnatural element. Its “aggressive” shape and color inevitably attract attention. Depending on where you are, try to take out the camera for a while before starting the operation. If you are in a cafe, leave it on the table, let the people around you see it and get used to it. A few minutes are enough for the staff to lower their guard and begin to normalize the existence of the camera.
Hey, it does not come to mind but one thing, when you follow this advice and leave the camera on the table, try not to be stolen by your friends from others. I say, come on.
2) Make long frames
If you are on the street watching people go by, do not photograph the first person who enters the frame. You may look like a “paparazzi” or detective who went by the particular person and create unnecessary suspicion. The best thing is that you make a frame with which you are satisfied and you stay like that for a few seconds, letting people pass in front of your camera lens. With time it will seem that you are not photographing anyone in particular, it might even seem that you are photographing something further, in later shots. This will help people to “normalize” your existence together with your camera and minimize what you are doing.
3) Use fake subjects
If you find a subject photographically attractive and you want to photograph him in particular and not another, you will need a partner. Ask him to stand between you and the subject, and pose as if you were actually photographing him. Frame your friend and try to deflect the frame lightly and slowly, enough to have the subject that interests you within the focused frame. This way you can photograph it without problem.
4) Do not look in the eyes
The number 1 tip in portrait photography is undoubtedly focus to the eyes. There’s no doubt. But do it through the camera, look at the eyes of the subject you are photographing and focus them properly. What you do not do is look in the eyes of the person live, because this way you will only alarm her. Avoid direct eye contact at all costs. Do not look at the person directly, it is not supposed to exist for you, you are supposed to be photographing something else. If you look at it directly and the person notices it, you will have no doubt that it is being portrayed, and there you lose the advantage of spontaneity.
5) Forget the optical viewfinder
LiveView I am one of those who prefer to photograph with the camera attached to the eye, looking through the optical viewfinder, the old fashioned way. But I also recognize that this way of using the camera can be a bit “flashy”. Framing through the screen with the Live View mode of the camera