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    How not to piss off people?


    Shoot architecture and landscape photographs.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    On the other hand sometimes I'm amazed when I shoot street how many people who have noticed me and that I'm photographing them pretend they haven't seen me.
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    What is your intention - to take another snapshot without engaging of eating person, struggling old lady, drunk hobo - you are getting what you deserves.
    Or do you want this picture because it feels great? Something special happens, nice light and motion...

    If you want portrait of stranger - do not act strange. Take it straight forward. People will show you if it is OK or not.

    If you want candid - good candids are those where people are unaware of their picture been taken. Not because you have "blended", but because they are busy with what they are doing.

    Camera size - doesn't matter, it only matters for you comfort. Mental and if you want to walk for hours and miles, it is easy with small one. Want it wide? Try those cheap film P&S. They are with 28 and wider lens and many will have flash turn off button.
    Size and color of the camera doesn't help a lot to hide, because it is in your specific motions, even if you are taking it from the hip. It is fun to use old folder or vintage TLR on the street. Good reaction from people. Or how you fiddle with Leica, aperture, shutter speed, focusing, taking light measure. Most of the people will have hard time to believe it is going to work

    Old SLR, RF also good. Modern AF SLR with big lenses - different reaction, sometimes.

    Dress code, IMO, nice and guffy works better on the street. People see you in advance they are aware and this makes them prepared. You'll see it or you won't see them, because some of them will turn away from camera or leave.
    Just think about it. What will be most likely reaction if you take picture of person who doesn't likes it if you dressed and acting like colorful tourist from sixties with dusty big camera bag or like person who is trying to blend in. Spying person, speechless or loud village idiot. Who is more forgiven?
    my Film Flickr. aslo, using enlarger, in the darkroom.

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    You're going to piss people off, no way around it. Nobody likes a camera pointed at them, and a lot of people have this completely ignorant and unrealistic idea that they have privacy while in the public view. Without changing the entire world, you can't take pictures of strangers in public without pissing them off every now and then. Instead of worrying about others' reactions, I try to think about why the hell I am even bothering to take the picture in the first place. More than likely a picture of a person who doesn't want to be photographed is something I will never print anyhow, so why bother?
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    Yoo tate my pitcher yoo die..... you DIE!!!

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    I do a fair amount of Street Photography in NYC ( www.digitalandfilm.com )

    My recommendations would be to adapt your style to your subject. Try not to be obvious or obnoxious but *get the shot*!

    Some camera's now have almost silent electronic shutters ( Fuji X-30 ) for stealth, and I use an X-Pro 1 from Fuji myself.

    You must learn to assimilate and dissolve *into* the area you are working, and know where the light direction is, and at night- if you see a "shadow" under the streetlights generally you can shoot.. around 3200 ISO, but you can shoot. Film is much more of a challenge.. but it's doable. Film backs and two bodies allow fast and faster film, and lenses can be pre-mounted.

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to shoot in public, but you also must temper that right with common sense, or you will have problems.

    Robert Brandoff

    "Fauxtographer with a faux sale of a Fauxtoshopped fauxny image."

    My man, Drew.

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    Come to think of it, I have suffered more injuries filming in State Parks, falling down embankments, off snow dunes, and have come home frozen or (in summer) covered with mosquito bites with a few ticks thrown in there.

    The most problems I have had (shooting street) was one homeless man running down the street yelling "NO.. NO.. No no.. NO!" and a Metro Card that wouldn't work for the subway. Starbucks provides bathroom's and wifi.. not to mention coffee.

    If you shoot film, it pays to remember your exposure count.. and then hit Starbucks or a Pub to reload.. and rest.
    Robert Brandoff

    "Fauxtographer with a faux sale of a Fauxtoshopped fauxny image."

    My man, Drew.

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    Street shooting isn't for shrinking violets if you don't want to risk pissing people off, shoot landscape, or church interiors.
    Ben

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    When you push the button it is in the can.
    When they ask you to delete it show the film speed reminder.
    If they say you need to ask permission tell them to phone for a cop.
    If they say it is a prohibited place ask where is the notice.
    If it is a cop show a driving licence.
    Most of our cops pose for tourists!

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    The style you are going for I think plays just as big of a factor. Eric Kim is contemporary street photographer (shoots film, mostly) and a lot of his stuff is in your face, intrusive street photography. That's his style (or one of them). He's got people yelling at him and flipping him off and they fit right in.

    Vivian Maier's street photography has a much more intimate feeling to it, like she personally got to know the people she was about to photograph.

    How much do you want to be a fly on the wall and how much do you want to be interacting with the people you're shooting, whether intimately or intrusively?



 

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