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    Yio Chu Kang

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanguine View Post
    Sounds like a nifty technique. Gotta try it out sometime! But the problem I have is that EVERYONE seems to hear the sound of my shutter.

    Am usually shooting with a 105mm btw.
    ummm... not to worry abt that.. I've tried it in some boutiques.. was bringing my foreigner friends around shopping and capturing their candid shots.. then kenna scolded by shop assistant say cannot take photos (and they're not even wearing their clothes!) so after that fed up I used this technique.. none of them noticed the sound at all! I think you really need to be very near to not just hear, but to realise that the camera is actually snapping! coupled with the noise in the environment, the shutter sound is barely audible.. and btw, my A350 is quite a loud one..

    I recommend shooting using a wider angle of <28mm.. this is so that you have more room to crop! it takes a while before you can really gauge the FOV accurately..
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  2. #42
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    Default Re: How to take "people" Shots

    I just tried street shooting with the camera slung on my shoulder so it was resting around where my stomach is. With the 1DMkII's silent shutter release, no one realised I shot.

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    Telok Blangah

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    I think you have a win-win approach.nice one

    Quote Originally Posted by Churchwolf View Post
    I posted this before, but this seems as good a place as any. I am not a fan of "sneaky" photography, something which is, in my opinion, entirely unnecessary and only gives photographers a bad rep if you do end up getting sprung anyway...Here are some of the things that I try to abide by when I take candids:

    1. Always be open about what you are doing. This doesn't mean you should intentionally reveal yourself to your subject, but just don't act in a suspicious manner. Using an SLR makes you seem more "honest" because you aren't using a small, concealable camera, and makes you (to most people who don't follow photography) seem like more a "professional".

    2. If somebody turns and looks at you as you take their picture don't try and hide what you are doing. When this happens I keep eye contact with them and smile, maybe waggle the camera a little to indicate to them what I was doing. If they look at me before I take the photo I will hold up the camera and make a questioning expression. 99.99% of people will respond positively to this. They will smile back, or perhaps pose for you. Indeed, many people seem flattered that you would want to take their picture.

    3. Children are difficult. It is very important that you don't come across as threatening to the parents. If I am in risk of being seen by the parents I will ALWAYS make eye contact with them and establish if it is ok if I take the photo. Often, if they are okay with me taking the picture, I will approach them and offer to send them prints by email. Having a name card of any description makes these people a lot less suspicious, and often parents are very happy to accept. It is important with children that you pick your place approriately. For example: photographing the kids playing in the fountain in Bugis Junction is unlikely to raise any objection and is perfectly acceptable. However, photographing a child playing on its own with its mum or dad in the HDB park is likely to be a bad idea. Just think about what you would be comfortable with and work with that.

    4. Finally, if somebody does raise an objection I always find it best to talk to them, not to run off. I am always open and honest about my intent and if somebody questions my activity I will explain to them in open terms that the scene caught my attention and that it interested me as a photographer. I will ALWAYS offer to delete the picture BEFORE they ask me to. Most people will respond to this positively, fequently expressing appology for the missundersanding or indiference. In the end, if they do tell you that they are uncomfortable with your pictures and ask you to delete them I always do it, and it appears to apease them a great deal.

    In the end, you want to take pictures that YOU are happy with, and that strike a chord with your memory of the event. Even if you end up "winning" a fight with a subject and keeping the picture, it will forever be marred by the unfortunate circumstance that you went through to get it, and you won't be able to enjoy it. Anyway, I hope this helps you. Happy candids!
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    Default Re: How to take "people" Shots

    thanks to all... i've taken my people shots but not all are perfecct thou...

    thanks all for the help!

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