Once when i was outside taking pics, a japanese tourist walked past and posed happily in front of the camera. Singaporeans will almost never do that!
i think the ppl craziest about photography are the japanese....
be in shooting, or being shot...
If you are in Europe or North America, be careful. They have very specific laws protecting the privacy of the individual, even in public places. Even the authorities do not have the right to take photos of people that causes them to be positively identified.
Which countries, I'm not exactly sure. But I hear Canada does have such laws. I guess you could shoot if you wanted to, it's just that if people do decide to complain, the law is on their side, quite unlike in S'pore.
I am NOT a PROfessional photographer and photography is NOT my hobby
some tips for candid photography
- no flash
- fast focusing
- fast lens
- quiet shutter
- wait for moment and snap
My tip: do it quickly!
Pictures taken without subjects's explicit consent
These pictures were taken with me very close to the subjects. OF course the child cannot complain!
But there is no one formula for taking street photographs of people. You can ask for consent and then wait for the right moment, or just make your photographs. But I suggest try not to be sneaky.
Last edited by student; 3rd November 2006 at 02:21 PM.
it is easier to seek forgiveness than permission.
you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye
that's buzzing with ppl. Stand somewhere, or mayb in the middle and start
before you even anticipate anything, be in the mood to anticipate something,
so that you'd be unknowingly quick with your cam, big or small.
For me it's all about an honest exchange and communication.
I am quite shy about taking ppl's photos - I think the ethical consideration of doing 'photo-journalism' is one to consider. Take, for example, the classic shot of an elderly couple, the character of their life reflected in their faces. You walk away with a great shot that every one compliments - what can you give them in return?
I think a smile, taking the time to chat, make them feel comfortable and valued goes a long way. Later if they offer to pose, you get an even better photo whilst they take pleasure in some one taking the time to ask them about their lives.
Sneaky shots is just that - if they don't want to be photographed - I don't have the right to intrude.
On my last photo holiday I came away memories of snapping Drs working in their street surgery, young children shearing market sheep and shy women hiding their faces. We made each other laugh. You can't say better than that.
i think Zaren's suggestion works