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Street Photography

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Nikonchris, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath


    As Matt Stuart (now a Magnum nominee - extra respect!) says: 'wear comfortable shoes and a smile.'.
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  2. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I've taken loads of photographs in a busy market square with a long lens, and never experienced any of those issues, and my long lens in this case is a Canon L series, which means it's even more obvious.

    I would argue it's body language which makes you more or less obvious. If you're confident, and open about what you're doing, you get ignored. If you're nervous, and physically hiding, you get noticed, and that includes using a short lens. I saw a photograph with a wide angle lens essentially hiding behind an advertising board, snapping people as they want by, and he got far more looks than me shooting in the middle of a crowd with a long white lens.
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  3. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    As an extremely infrequent street photographer I'm in no position to comment on the best lens to use, however one thing that I found interesting on my last outing was that people relax if they think the camera isn't pointing at them. That seems a really obvious statement, doesn't it? Let me explain. I was using a Nikon D810 and a 24-120mm f4 zoom, set at 24mm. I found that I could wander up to someone, nod to them and smile and then point the lens somewhere to the north west of where they were sitting. Most of them assumed that the lens, because the 24-120mm is quite a physically long piece of kit, was a telephoto and that I was taking a picture of something in the direction that the camera was pointing while, in reality, I was taking a picture of them because they were still in the frame.

    Cheers, Jeff
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  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I've seen it suggested that if you wear a high vis vest everyone will assume you're working on something for the council and they'll just ignore you.
  5. lfc1892

    lfc1892 Well-Known Member

    In all the countless hours I've spent taking shots on the street, some of which pretty are pretty close up, I've never had an issue I can remember with someone objecting to me taking pictures of them. Personally, id say the most important issue is confidence. Take pictures like you mean to, if you can. It's not for everyone. If you look like you're hiding something or taking snooped shots, people will of course get suspicious.
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  6. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Shooting with my PhotoSniper (300/4.5) did make me stand out a tad, Oly, but, with P900, it was pretty easy, for example
    at 800mm (equivalent) … Mar20-16-AP-Powell-DSCN5869 copy.jpg


    And, as for whacking people, whoops ;)


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  7. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    Doesn't work!
    Or maybe I'm too observant!
    I spotted a guy taking street photos in a hi-vis jacket about a month ago on Princes Street :(

    I've also seen someone wearing one which said "Official Photographer" and during a Pride March someone with "Official Pornographer" written on their back :)
  8. I find being at a busy event such as a parade nobody bats an eyelid, when its a normal day people tend to feel and act weird or look directly into the camera which I don't always want.

    It's a tricky one but I think the more professional you come across the more comfortable people feel.
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  9. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    The more you look like a tourist the less they even notice :)
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  10. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I am not wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts for any reason! :eek:
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  11. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    True enough, Michelle :) but, sadly, I'm probably the least professional (acting) photogs out there :eek: …but,
    I, generally, try to be polite :)

  12. lfc1892

    lfc1892 Well-Known Member

    It's not even a case of being professional, just confident. If you're confident, you're a photographer simply taking pictures. If you look edgy or as though you're trying to hide something, well, you'll look like you're trying to hide something. Just takes the courage to take the first few steps and then practice.
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  13. Shinnen

    Shinnen Active Member

    Hi Chris,
    Yes, I share your apprehension. I would love to get out there and photograph people on the street; but many are leary about having their pictures taken. I love to see people who reflect their culture, in dress etc., and hands fascinate me. But alas, I just don't ask others if I can photograph them.
    ....... john
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  14. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    There are various good tips like sitting down in a busy place. You can do anything sitting down and people don't feel threatened. Then there is don't walk up shooting. Spend time in the place where you expect to find pictures. If people only see you around for 10 mins before you point a camera, you have reassured them. An hour or two and you are part of the scenery. Remember if you see a pic and go for it, you are probably too late. Find somewhere you expect pictures to happen, bed yourself in and wait and anticipate. Just a couple of example out of hundreds I could show: When I walked into Costa with camera in hand, everyone looked at me. After half an hour, a cappuccino and apricot Danish, they couldn't give a monkeys what I was doing.https://flic.kr/p/qK5qKc I wanted these guys with the stripey background, so I stood opposite them for long enough for them to lose all interest in what I was doing. https://flic.kr/p/rr3FL9
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  15. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Good advice, Mike, and cracking photos, as well :)


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