5th June 2003, 05:10 PM
Guide for taking street photos?
Any tips from experts on how to take photos on the streets? I usually feel awkward about snapping a picture of a scene, as if i'll be intruding their privacy. Later kena scold, chase, whack, camera smashed. Keen on taking a walk around chinatown, little india etc, but not sure how to go about taking photos of pple.
So, could the experts give advice? what to look out for, etc... starting to find taking such photos more interesting...
5th June 2003, 05:21 PM
- learn how to shoot blind (i.e. without looking thru the viewfinder). gauge your distance, set a comfortable aperture to get a reasonable distance in focus and just whack.
- use higher ISO if possible, so that you can get away with smaller aperture (and wider DOF)
- NEVER use flash.
5th June 2003, 07:49 PM
5th June 2003, 08:13 PM
learn to talk to people.........
5th June 2003, 08:42 PM
5th June 2003, 08:47 PM
well, i'm using a digicam with a swivel lcd, so i normally leave it at chest level and erm, pretend to fiddle with my camera.....
i wonder how pple erm, mix in with the environtment and can openly take pics. like in that movie, the war photographer, he is accepted by the pple and is free to take pics. any advice?
5th June 2003, 08:57 PM
5th June 2003, 09:58 PM
me would juzt shoot openly .....
act normally ..... me will not try to hide my camera .....
once me waz at the merlion bridge there ..... there waz a man fizhing at the side of the bridge. Me juzt stood 4-5 stepz away frm him n aim my camera at him. Even when he look at me, me still aim at him ..... hahahaha ..... in the end took a couple of shotz of him .....
me agree that it may be scary ..... but u will get uzed to it .....
if pple act az if they they dont want u to take a pic of them, juzt rezpond with a smile n walk away .....
24th August 2003, 10:23 AM
do 4x 2.5km reps three times a week
Originally Posted by FOOXX
6x chin ups each meal
finger press for that extra grip strength hahahahaa
i used to own a digital(normal 2.0 mp) camera laze around in cafe and waiting for that KODAK moment
ppl fighting couple... ermmm fighting, children really cute children and also great weather. (no i dont do candid hahahaa to much on e net liaoz)
so the art is snap and be responsible for e after-effect.
1. ppl will definitely look for e flash
2. They spotted you
3. gently pull e chair away and grip tight on your camera
4. react to their reaction
5. they smile, you smile wider and raise your glass, greet
6. they walk your way, plan a immediate escape route, take a last sip of your juice and prepare to run.
hahahaha well it happens to me before! hahaha. generally only couples will be more defensive. dun be afraid if you wanna candid shot dun hide behind e bushes, plan and snap as fast as the subject can find out ahhahaa
no GUTs no GLORY!
24th August 2003, 10:42 AM
24th August 2003, 11:25 AM
24th August 2003, 08:03 PM
Point camera in the target's direction, shoot. Just remember NOT to use flash. I use a swivel Coolpix and shoot blind sometimes. If you want, join us next time for shoots lor, esp if we go street shooting again (like today...).
Though I believe Larry would be the master in "blind shooting".
24th August 2003, 09:10 PM
wah who dig up this thread.
24th August 2003, 11:51 PM
Today went to the botanical gardens. Was some concert going on in the evening, lots of kids playing around. Was there for 3.5 hours. Tried to photograph kids playing, coudn't. Everytime I point and get ready to shoot, I think that I kena whacked on my head by the parents and by then the kids have run away @#$&*(#
28th August 2003, 09:01 AM
Siddhi touched on an important issue. Parents (& boyfriends??) by nature are more protective. Besides, due to the current sentiment of abuse/misuse and child-related sexual crimes getting a huge play on media intentionally, it might be better to avoid snapping OTHER PEOPLE's children. I would take the same position as a parent; it is irrelevant whether the photographer is an old/young man/women/girl, handsome/pretty, celebrity (unless of course I am the one requesting for the picture) or not. There is usually an exception though; tourists!! they shot everything and anything and gets away!
Originally Posted by Siddhi
28th August 2003, 01:21 PM
Heh, then next time we got to dress up as backpackers when doing street photography.
28th August 2003, 02:04 PM
You also have to dye your hair to become ang moh.
Originally Posted by reno77
28th August 2003, 05:07 PM
No leh.... I find that children are the best.... But they're fast so you must be quick too.... Shoot quite a few time at bugis water fountain and don't have problem of parents coming up to me leh....
Originally Posted by Caspere
The only time a parent came up to me is only to pass me her address and ask me to send a copy of the shoots to her.... I even got a thank you card from her... Hehehehehe....
28th August 2003, 05:13 PM
The key here is to be friendly and respect your subject's decision. If they don't like you to photo them, they'll mostly walk away or shield theyselves with their hands/bags/etc.etc.
If they confront you, then explain to them that it's your hobby, smile and walk away. Of cos, it doesn't help if the couple just break up, there was an argument, etc, etc. In cases where tensions are high, it's best to be discreat and careful....
It doesn't help if you sneak around. Ppl might think that you have other plans or ill intension for the photos..
28th August 2003, 06:00 PM