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    Hi all,

    I have always been intrigued by people, and in my work (not photography), I get a lot of opportunities to travel.

    To discuss - Its easy to "steal" a shot of people with real expressions with telephoto lenses, but what about moving up to subjects closer? (Without getting k-ed by anyone of course, since they are strangers afterall).

    What are things you have done in the past? Human beings on the streets makes a wonderful subject to shoot, like the old homeless man shifting through garbage on the streets of Hong Kong to a cobbler in China, these are great subjects. Move them into a studio/controlled lighting environment and everything is lost.

    Any tips that you can share?

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    sorry dude....you should have posted in the GENERAL DISCUSSIONS sub-forums....we share most of our views there. This sub-forum is for sharing of images


    Mods, pls move this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyD70S
    relax..this was moved from the galleries sub-forum ...I hope this clears up the confusion


    Now, to answer the queries ..... I use long lenses to capture the natural moments of people ...hate posed shots....=b


    If you ever wanna get close, pretend to be a tourist and you will be 'forgiven' Subjects are usually 'flattered' as they must be 'something' to deserve a take. Avoid grumpy subjects... they may just hate you enough to rip your camera off your hands


    If subjects are friendly, start a conversation and the 'moments' will come naturally when you ask if they like to be shot


    I tend to take tons of pics when I am travelling - BCOS I AM A TOURIST. I always insist my subjects take a pic with me


    I hope these clarify.

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    [QUOTE=AhV]relax..this was moved from the galleries sub-forum ...I hope this clears up the confusion
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    Thanks for clarifying. For a moment, I thought I'll be the next cast member for the new series of LOST

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    Pretend to be tourist is a good idea. And for me usually I use my favourite line, "Please, it's for school project." =p Usually people are willing to help hardworking student =p

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    I'm bad at people photography...

    School project excuse is a good idea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelZhou
    Pretend to be tourist is a good idea. And for me usually I use my favourite line, "Please, it's for school project." =p Usually people are willing to help hardworking student =p
    I'm looking at your avatar picture while reading your sentence "Please, it's for school project.".

    IT MATCHES! haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmodel
    I'm looking at your avatar picture while reading your sentence "Please, it's for school project.".

    IT MATCHES! haha
    EXACTLY.

    make good use of your age and acting skill. innocent look always work =p ( or blur look? stupid look? quay look? whatever =p )

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelZhou
    EXACTLY.

    make good use of your age and acting skill. innocent look always work =p ( or blur look? stupid look? quay look? whatever =p )
    Soon people like us would be too old for the 'act cute, act blur', 'school project' excuse..

    By then have to think of some more excuses.


    "I am doing a final year university project, would be most grateful that you'll help me. I would send the pictures back to you"

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    Quote Originally Posted by plastic
    Hi all,

    I have always been intrigued by people, and in my work (not photography), I get a lot of opportunities to travel.

    To discuss - Its easy to "steal" a shot of people with real expressions with telephoto lenses, but what about moving up to subjects closer? (Without getting k-ed by anyone of course, since they are strangers afterall).

    What are things you have done in the past? Human beings on the streets makes a wonderful subject to shoot, like the old homeless man shifting through garbage on the streets of Hong Kong to a cobbler in China, these are great subjects. Move them into a studio/controlled lighting environment and everything is lost.

    Any tips that you can share?
    Use a long lens and shoot from far. You get reduced DOF which can further accentuate your subject from the surroundings.

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    I love doing portraits and model shoots....have done a few so far and i enjoyed all of them
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    I love doing portraits and model shoots....have done a few so far and i enjoyed all of them
    For me I prefer spontaneous candid shots. That's why a fast camera with minimum shutter lag is important to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    For me I prefer spontaneous candid shots. That's why a fast camera with minimum shutter lag is important to me.
    Yes i agree...for me i can take my time to shoot cos the subject is stationary hehe...
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    I just walk up to them and ask for permission to shoot. It always work and smoe may ask, what is my shots for cos my gears look cheapskate. Have to be thick skined or you will lost a goot subject to shoot. Most people will allow and will pose for you to shoot.


    p/s I'm neither good looking nor carrying any L lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch
    I just walk up to them and ask for permission to shoot. It always work and smoe may ask, what is my shots for cos my gears look cheapskate. Have to be thick skined or you will lost a goot subject to shoot. Most people will allow and will pose for you to shoot.


    p/s I'm neither good looking nor carrying any L lenses.
    Especially Caucasians, will allow u to take them.

    Last time when i did my model shoots i was even more cheapskate...i wasn't even using an SLR!
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    Im also very very interested in taking everyday shots of ordinary ppl. A way of documenting their everyday life, but somehow, there are always ppl who dont like to be filmed. I got 2 warning last time when i was taking pictures in Little India, really made my day man...

    for this, im also thinking of getting a 70-200 for outdoor shooting, but bring out such a huge canon also attract attention...

    I find it best to take pictures oversea with the "im tourist" written all over my face, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramius75
    Im also very very interested in taking everyday shots of ordinary ppl. A way of documenting their everyday life, but somehow, there are always ppl who dont like to be filmed. I got 2 warning last time when i was taking pictures in Little India, really made my day man...

    for this, im also thinking of getting a 70-200 for outdoor shooting, but bring out such a huge canon also attract attention...

    I find it best to take pictures oversea with the "im tourist" written all over my face, lol.
    I think using what cameras also depends on different places. Some places not so safe to bring out your SLR.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    I think using what cameras also depends on different places. Some places not so safe to bring out your SLR.
    ok lah, sometime, there are certain risks to take for a good pictures... but i do notice that sometime, ppl react differently to DSLR/compact. some singaporean stares at u when u took out a large camera out... while some P&S can accomplish the task with long zoom and handheld using the LCD to aim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramius75
    ok lah, sometime, there are certain risks to take for a good pictures... but i do notice that sometime, ppl react differently to DSLR/compact. some singaporean stares at u when u took out a large camera out... while some P&S can accomplish the task with long zoom and handheld using the LCD to aim.
    Whether i use my SLR or PnS depends on the situation. My SLR is used only when i'm doing event shoots or for special occassions or if i want a very gd pic of somethings. Other than that, my PnS is used for casual shoots.
    Canon EOS 5D, 24-70 f/4 L IS, 50 f/1.2 L, 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS, 600EX-RT. Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 EX.

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