People ducking/stopping to stay out of your shot
You probably know what I'm talking about. . . do you appreciate the consideration or does it annoy you? What do you do if you want people walking through the shot?
I try to respect what they want.
Originally Posted by fotophox
Thats a lie. I dont do street photography, but if I DID, thats what I would do.
If I want people in the shot I try and be less obvious about taking the picture, or wait until no one's paying attention.
I have had some people move in front of my camera just to talk with each other blocking my photograph. Yes, I will tell them to move.
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When people come into my view, I start to tell some of my jokes and then they run off in terror!
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I actually prefer that they keep moving as opposed to me taking the shot. If I don't want them in the shot, they won't be. I don't know, but if someone stops and waits for me to take the shot, I feel rushed to actually do it, where's I would prefer they just keep moving.
I wave them on with quick friendly banter and a smile, always gracious.
Stoppers and duckers have never been an issue for me. Those people are being accommodating to my needs and being (trying to be) nice. I'm always appreciative of such gesture.
If I was ready to shoot, I'd go ahead and shoot.
If I wasn't ready to shoot, or a queue is starting to build up, then I'd say "I'm not ready yet, go ahead" (and wave)
If I wanted people walking through my frame, then I'd let people through and wait for next opportunity. Once people are aware of the camera, they won't "act normal".
In very rare occasions, if those people look interested or interesting, I explain what I am trying to do and sort of make them one of my "models." It happens rarely though. I've done that once with a lady and a cute little dog.
What annoys me sometimes is people not paying any attention to anything what-so-ever, talking on cell phone, and walk really slowly through my frame or stop right in the middle. Usually, I just wait or move to a new location. I'm usually not in rush to complete my photograph.
Especially for travel photographs, I do not like producing something that looks like travel brochures - pristine beach - no one but YOU in the scene.... it's so unrealistic. You KNOW it wasn't like that.... So I know what you are talking about.....
Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
But how about walking through other people's shots?
If I'm in areas of Sydney city which are major tourist attractions with high density snappers I'm afraid I just walk on through if there isn't an easy detour or around if there is.
I will always await a clear moment if I'm shooting something myself where I'd rather not have folk in shot. I find people ducking and weaving about within their perception of the field of my shot very mildly annoying, but it's no big deal. I guess that I expect the same from others.
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