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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadpoet View Post
    I found Chinese in gerneral, is the most hostile when being photographed on the street, and Singaporean tops the group.
    Agreed! Even more so are teenagers. They worry that they will look "unglam".
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    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!

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    i think the ppl craziest about photography are the japanese....
    be in shooting, or being shot...
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadpoet View Post
    I found Chinese in gerneral, is the most hostile when being photographed on the street, and Singaporean tops the group.
    Yup, and this is the main reason why I absolutely hate taking street shots in S'pore. Somehow always very suspicious of dunno what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    hey yo CSers
    nd some help.
    i wana take candids of ppl.
    so do i juz take a pix of them n walk away? even if they noticed i hav juz taken them?
    wad if they stop me? or if i am in a foriegn country wif language barrel?
    thx
    Street shooting is fun! I find it more comfortable shooting overseas than in Singapore here... I just give the very "sau ku" - tourist look whenever I walk around... Ya, looks like a fool, but you can fool many others as well coz they will most likely think that you are not a "threat" to them... Behave extremely like a tourist, over exaggerate it... That's what I do...

    Quote Originally Posted by westwest1 View Post
    aiyo..haha...gal shoot guys no problem one...

    when guy shoot the gal...haha...sound like trouble...
    Just don't snipe... Dare to approach to ask for a picture is better...

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    some tips for candid photography
    - no flash
    - fast focusing
    - fast lens
    - quiet shutter
    - wait for moment and snap
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    My tip: do it quickly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    hey yo CSers
    nd some help.
    i wana take candids of ppl.
    so do i juz take a pix of them n walk away? even if they noticed i hav juz taken them?
    wad if they stop me? or if i am in a foriegn country wif language barrel?
    Pictures taken with the subjects' consent





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    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.
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    so how u ask the subject?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    hey yo CSers
    nd some help.
    i wana take candids of ppl.
    so do i juz take a pix of them n walk away? even if they noticed i hav juz taken them?
    wad if they stop me? or if i am in a foriegn country wif language barrel?
    thx
    stand in the open with your camera in full view, and let all the passers by get used to your presence. take a few photos of the general scene. after a while they will ignore you and you can take all the candids of ppl you want. smiling helps, but if ppl get hostile, just walk away.

    it is easier to seek forgiveness than permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    stand in the open with your camera in full view, and let all the passers by get used to your presence. take a few photos of the general scene. after a while they will ignore you and you can take all the candids of ppl you want. smiling helps, but if ppl get hostile, just walk away.

    it is easier to seek forgiveness than permission.
    agree with this...and to make it much more "easier"...find a place
    that's buzzing with ppl. Stand somewhere, or mayb in the middle and start
    taking picts.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    it is easier to seek forgiveness than permission.
    May be a personality difference.

    Why make a "mistake" and then seek forgiveness, when you could get permission in the first place?

    If permission is not given, what then is the problem? Just turn your attention to something else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    so how u ask the subject?
    Just open your mouth and say something like this "Please may I take a photo of you?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by student View Post
    May be a personality difference.

    Why make a "mistake" and then seek forgiveness, when you could get permission in the first place?

    If permission is not given, what then is the problem? Just turn your attention to something else!
    Coz sometimes, when they turn to pose or when they agree, tha magic of the moment is gone.
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    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.

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    i think Zaren's suggestion works

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Coz sometimes, when they turn to pose or when they agree, tha magic of the moment is gone.
    There will always be magic, whether posed or unposed.

    The magic is in the seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    so how u ask the subject?
    Smile and say, "Hi, may I take a picture?"

    This works overseas. But in Sg, I also don't know what to do. I got ask before, but all I got was "take for what?" and then they give you the dirty eye.
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