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    I'm a newbie with photography. The other day in school when I tried to do some 'streetshooting', I get stares from everyone around. I felt like a total outcast then....... Have anyone of you felt this way when you first started? Is it normal? How did you overcome it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelmetBox
    I'm a newbie with photography. The other day in school when I tried to do some 'streetshooting', I get stares from everyone around. I felt like a total outcast then....... Have anyone of you felt this way when you first started? Is it normal? How did you overcome it?
    i have the same feeling with you too.... and i decided to keep my camera...

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    just act nonchalant, have thick skin....be seen with your cam for a while but dun take picts....after a while...people will get used to it and ignore you...then you start taking all the pics u want....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GitS
    just act nonchalant, have thick skin....be seen with your cam for a while but dun take picts....after a while...people will get used to it and ignore you...then you start taking all the pics u want....
    seem so paiseh when they stareing at me...

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    Hello,
    Ya I also used to have this feeling.
    But one good thing to realise is that in Singapore it is ok to be an alien.
    Just be a bit thick skin for a while + it might help when people see your work and appreciate it afterwards
    Actually I find it even worse when going overseas. I don't dare to take my camera out in the streets of KL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticopi
    Hello,
    Ya I also used to have this feeling.
    But one good thing to realise is that in Singapore it is ok to be an alien.
    Just be a bit thick skin for a while + it might help when people see your work and appreciate it afterwards
    Actually I find it even worse when going overseas. I don't dare to take my camera out in the streets of KL!
    why you dont dare to take out your camera...?

    Do you guy take photo of the kid when their mother or father is around?

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    Wear a white wide-brimmed hat. Use a camera strap which says very clearly 'CANON' or 'NIKON'. Wear a sticker on your flower shirt: 'ABC Travels'. Gibber some Japanese/Russian sounding stuff when someone talks to you. Should be able to get away with almost anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100
    Wear a white wide-brimmed hat. Use a camera strap which says very clearly 'CANON' or 'NIKON'. Wear a sticker on your flower shirt: 'ABC Travels'. Gibber some Japanese/Russian sounding stuff when someone talks to you. Should be able to get away with almost anything.
    lol...you must be the one keep always doing that...nxt time i saw one guy doing that then i will know that YOU ....
    Last edited by Kelvin^Newbie; 16th November 2003 at 09:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100
    Wear a white wide-brimmed hat. Use a camera strap which says very clearly 'CANON' or 'NIKON'. Wear a sticker on your flower shirt: 'ABC Travels'. Gibber some Japanese/Russian sounding stuff when someone talks to you. Should be able to get away with almost anything.
    Wha, smart. But it's too elaborate a doll-up for a photoshoot right? HAHA.

    Just shoot those people who stare at you ar.. Then very soon they won't stare Actually i also scared.. so many people stare when i take my camera out in public.. A70 somemore..

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    once i was shooting with my Yashica GSN and this young girl of 7 or 8 years of age asked me if she could look at the "back of the camera" to see the picture i just took of her. i told her this camera is probably as old as your dad, and they didn't have digital back then. she stared at me as if i grew a second head out of my neck.

    boy did i feel "outdated" that afternoon... haha

    i like using old gear, some people stare, some ask questions about my cameras, just give them a smile and a brief history lesson... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by OzOn3
    Just shoot those people who stare at you ar.. Then very soon they won't stare Actually i also scared.. so many people stare when i take my camera out in public.. A70 somemore..
    yeah.the other time i went for the f1 powerboat race,i was like,wow! so many big guns around.i summon enough courage to take out my 602z and shoot but paiseh pple behind me stare.maybe too newbie liao,haven't get used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis
    yeah.the other time i went for the f1 powerboat race,i was like,wow! so many big guns around.i summon enough courage to take out my 602z and shoot but paiseh pple behind me stare.maybe too newbie liao,haven't get used to it.
    Lews, everyone take camera you take out then not paiseh wat I'm sure no one will despise you, many great photos come from non-professional cameras. So normally those pros stare at me, I just give them the look telling them that they better dun let me 'heng heng' kena one power shot! hehehe........ kidding.

    I was at this swimming meet sometime ago and my camera instantly looked like a toy when I saw a fellow CSer with his D60 with a 70-200 2.8 L IS with a converter. I wanted to hide in one corner but than the guy didn't give me the despise look! See, not everyone's a baddy. hehe.

    Anyway back to topic. How bout situations when you're the ONLY one with camera? and then you see this nice little girl with such intense expressions whom you just have to capture but when you start to point your camera at her, her parents immediately give you the 'you phedophile!' look.

    Or when you see this really cute lady who has the looks to melt hearts and you point your camera at her, her bf starts storming over, insisting that you are sammiboi or from JCgirls and threatens to end your life there and then! Or the lady immediately gives you the' PERVERT alarm!' stare or the 'you're so invading my privacy' look.

    How?

    Is there some standard SOP? Streetshooting is fun, is this courage suppose to be built up over time? That its a norm to feel this way for the first time?

    Think the only people who let me take their photos are the older generation. At least I get to capture their 'life' through their expressions without them staring at me or finding me weird....... Or are they just too tired to bother?

    What if someone takes out a camera and tries to take a photo of you? or your gf? Will you feel awkward? and in return stare and make the photographer feel alienated? Will this vicious cycle ever end?

    Am I talking too much? wakakakak
    Last edited by HelmetBox; 17th November 2003 at 02:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelmetBox
    Lews, everyone take camera you take out then not paiseh wat I'm sure no one will despise you, many great photos come from non-professional cameras. So normally those pros stare at me, I just give them the look telling them that they better dun let me 'heng heng' kena one power shot! hehehe........ kidding.

    I was at this swimming meet sometime ago and my camera instantly looked like a toy when I saw a fellow CSer with his D60 with a 70-200 2.8 L IS with a converter. I wanted to hide in one corner but than the guy didn't give me the despise look! See, not everyone's a baddy. hehe.

    Anyway back to topic. How bout situations when you're the ONLY one with camera? and then you see this nice little girl with such intense expressions whom you just have to capture but when you start to point your camera at her, her parents immediately give you the 'you phedophile!' look.

    Or when you see this really cute lady who has the looks to melt hearts and you point your camera at her, her bf starts storming over, insisting that you are sammiboi or from JCgirls and threatens to end your life there and then! Or the lady immediately gives you the' PERVERT alarm!' stare or the 'you're so invading my privacy' look.

    How?

    Is there some standard SOP? Streetshooting is fun, is this courage suppose to be built up over time? That its a norm to feel this way for the first time?

    Think the only people who let me take their photos are the older generation. At least I get to capture their 'life' through their expressions without them staring at me or finding me weird....... Or are they just too tired to bother?

    What if someone takes out a camera and tries to take a photo of you? or your gf? Will you feel awkward? and in return stare and make the photographer feel alienated? Will this vicious cycle ever end?

    Am I talking too much? wakakakak
    haha long talk...i jus love to shoot kid when on the streets...
    great if there is chiobu ...even there is one i aso dun dare to point my big SLR at her...

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    learn how to shoot without looking through the viewfinder - it's not a 100% hit thing, but it works. it's better for those folks who have a tilt out LCD panel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sehsuan
    learn how to shoot without looking through the viewfinder - it's not a 100% hit thing, but it works. it's better for those folks who have a tilt out LCD panel...
    yeah...but i think my photo come out to be sh*t and shoot nth

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    for me if someone gonna take a pic of my gf,i will definitely ask her turn around or something as i dun wanna the pic to end up at some sggirls or similar sites but if it's for a good clause then alright.
    just my opinion.
    some pics here have also been leeched before so i dun think the copyright issue is of use.
    The mother you talking bout,if i was there,i might explain to her my intention or at least try to signal(act pro) to let her feel more at ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelvin^Newbie
    yeah...but i think my photo come out to be sh*t and shoot nth

    Eh, at least you have the eye focus! You can point away and focus to the corner of the viewfinder with ease without them knowing! Move eyeball only then focus follows! wakakaka!! Wonder why canon never include this feature nowadays huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis
    for me if someone gonna take a pic of my gf,i will definitely ask her turn around or something as i dun wanna the pic to end up at some sggirls or similar sites but if it's for a good clause then alright.
    just my opinion.
    some pics here have also been leeched before so i dun think the copyright issue is of use.
    The mother you talking bout,if i was there,i might explain to her my intention or at least try to signal(act pro) to let her feel more at ease.
    TAKE OUT YOUR SLR and SHOOT HIM....

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis
    for me if someone gonna take a pic of my gf,i will definitely ask her turn around or something as i dun wanna the pic to end up at some sggirls or similar sites but if it's for a good clause then alright.
    just my opinion.
    some pics here have also been leeched before so i dun think the copyright issue is of use.
    The mother you talking bout,if i was there,i might explain to her my intention or at least try to signal(act pro) to let her feel more at ease.
    I tried to act pro once, but then gabra nearly fall!! wakakakaka! My face cannot act pro lah. Sad, maybe must quit photography liaoz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelmetBox
    Eh, at least you have the eye focus! You can point away and focus to the corner of the viewfinder with ease without them knowing! Move eyeball only then focus follows! wakakaka!! Wonder why canon never include this feature nowadays huh?
    Hey dude....you are thinking too much

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