This has to be one of the most important, yet often overlooked areas of Street Photography. You may be nervous when shooting a scene or a person, I know that I am. It is perhaps these nerves that give us a small dose of adrenalin, the ‘hit’ of getting a good shot. Unfortunately this adrenalin rush can push us into a ‘fight or flight’ mode. I do not want to get into a fight when out taking photos, but our urge for flight can be strong. Now is the time to take a breath, assess the scene and work out the angles.
When someone is first confronted with a photographer their body language can be defensive, this is natural, when I take someone’s photo I am taking their space and their time. A defensive position can create a ‘stiff’ and awkward looking shot. If you hang around, then often the person being observed will:
I find the last point is the most common occurrence and am getting a sixth sense regarding when to move on. Slowing down allows for time to think. Try to run through these mental checklist…
Finally, if someone knows you have been taking shots of them, go and show them the pictures, pass on your email and start a conversation. Lets bring the world a little closer through our photography.
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Keep clicking, Chris