i realised how most people are put off by the camera being too close to them when their shots are being taken.
how do you actually 'talk' to the subject and make them more comfortable with the camera? anyone with experience too?
talk to them, make them feel comforatable even before you take out the camera... get them in the chatty mood.... easier said than done. you as the photographer might have to play the directors role in these circumstances.
Well, not many people can afford Big Mama lenses, thank you very much.
Body language and facial expressions are some basic ways of conversing with your subject without words. A simple smile, a motion of your hands with the camera and having a bit of sensitivity to other people's feelings usually works. Nobody likes to be treated like just another object, so I guess it would be nice if you could express your desire to capture their side of humanity, to know them somehow.