Probably the worst 'scolding' i got was when shooting this guy in Perth, dressed in a fancy costume as he was walking down the street talking on his mobile phone. I did my usual trick to look less conspicious like shooting from the hip from a distance thinking he wasnt going to notice anyway cos he was busy talking. BUT he did notice me! He said 'No' and came over and asked me to delete the photos i took. I obliged and showed him. Then as we both walked off, I could hear him saying in a loud voice 'Ask next time, A**hole!'
Of course the experience bugged me for the rest of the day, especially cos i noticed he had a small DSLR hanging round his shoulder (fellow shooter!). I asked myself if i had to ask permission everytime i wanted to photograph someone?
My own conclusion is No.
Oftentimes its not possible nor desirable to ask either from lack of time or fear of getting a posed look. Accept the fact that sometimes some people will take offense and others not. Heck, I would too if somebody started photographing me and i wasnt in the mood!
The point is not about offending someone, or 'feeling good' or being 'comfortable'. Its about the shot, and capturing the moment. If you love what you're doing, and the shot is worth the risk, and depending on how you feel, then take the shot. Just treat these times as lessons and 'battlescars' and get on with it. Refine your technique, or smile more, or do the business card thing.
Btw, i forgot to say 'sorry' to the guy which probably caused him to be more aggressive. I still managed to get a shot of him after he walked some distance.
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I got chased once by an uncle once in chinatown. Took a picture of him sleeping at some pasar malam there... I assume he think I am gonna post him on STOMP or something
For kids, their parents are quite fine people photograhing them as long as you dont look like some kidnapping psychopath I guess...
Anyway, other than that, I have not experienced anything nasty. Besides, I am on a Rangefinder most of the time, 40mm lens, I get really close & look through my VF before I snap.
Here are some shots:
Havent reach merelok standard yet la, he is to pro to catch up
So if they say yes, I get to better compose a shot, if they say no, still isnt my loss, I already took a shot
A friend almost got beaten up after taking a shot at a "stall owner" at Sungei Road.
Read about it here: http://victorkoo.blogspot.com/2006/0...logging-1.html
Complete with transcript of conversation too!
And he went back on the following day, to taken another shot of the target sleeping.
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I think its rather impolite to shoot anyone with their concern esp infront of the person.
Most pple dislike being photographed without their concern.
Not to mention others doing biz in a shop or store. I suggest that you ask for permission before shooting as a courtesy.
You might ended up being scolded, beaten or even angry people who will trash yr cam.
Courtesy is very important, but i realise very few pple practice these days.
If you have someone with you, use that person as a front of being a subject when instead you're taking someone else.
some stall holder juz got the cheek to ask for money if we photo their stall.
i think we can ask them to go ahead n call a police n i'll put this as extortion.
it is not about money or permission, it is our freedom to shoot in the public.
if u have a fiece face would even better,
no one would even dare to walk up to you and ask.
i wanted to try street photography but with my fierce face :x
sure get wack LOL !
No, at least till now.