idk its kindof hard to just start taking photos of ppl tho right?

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i mean nobody wants to have a camera shoved in their faces. i like taking photos of ppl but it takes me like an hour to figure out what settings i need to use otherwise i end up w/ undevelopable photos how do u get around the various pitfalls of taking photos of ppl tell me please i love you terribly

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 13:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

I would also like advice on this.

ENBB, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

if you have one of those fancy digital cameras with face detection you can just talk to people as normal but hold the camera to the side or downwards and press the shutter button and let the fancy magical algorithms work their magic

if you are using a film camera then uhmm I haven't figured out how to make candids with them either

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

the only thing that kindof works is just always having the camera in your hand and be playing with it. i have taken a few photos of friends where they didnt realise i was actually taking a photo bc i had spent the last half hour checking the light meter.

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

like im not sure if this will show but i liked how this photo of my friend and her roommate came out

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs748.ash1/163965_478486240828_530205828_6332973_5680232_n.jpg

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

hey that's a great photo!

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think it's good to have your camera pretty visible all the time. if you sneak it out when you're in the room, people can be a little self conscious, but if you just have it, and yeah are playing with it a lot, then it's cool. kind of a useful cheat to avoid spending ages staring through the lens at people, freaking them out, is to pick something that's an equal distance away - a chairleg or skirting board or curtain or whatever, and get focused up so you can just snap people without much prep. i am not too precious about getting the lighting 100% okay, but that's something you can gauge from the room, rather than while you're trained on someone. and get used to wasting film rather than waiting and letting a moment pass.

i think 'don't be scared' is good advice too. people get all touchy about getting their photo taken, but everyone loves looking at them. it's a trade off.

that's a nice moment in that photo btw

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www.metmuseum.org/special/Few_Are_Chosen/images/evans.L.jpg

probably something to be said for keeping a concealed camera around too though yeah

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

like i saw a cartier bresson show in LA and i was just like "didnt ppl mind him taking their photo?"

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

hcb used a 50mm which helped

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

hit and run

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

yah 50mm is what i have

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

his feels wider, its a v diff lens than mine at least

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

you're using a medium format cam though right? not 35mm

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

no its 35mm

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

from what I have gathered about HCB

-he was photographing in an era when people weren't as 'camera conscious' as they are now
-he had all sorts of tricks, for example pretending to blow his nose with a black kerchief underneath which was his camera
-he shot a lot
-he was v. v. sneaky

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is my little dude

http://www.praktica-collector.de/images/Cameras/189_Praktica_LTL3/Praktica_LTL3_front.jpg

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

i bought a bag in portobello market and it was hiding in the bottom

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

your photos in that other thread were awesome plax

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

hmm, then that means you have a praktica slr right? 50mm on a slr should be the same as a 50mm on a leica, dunno why it would feel 'wider' unless that means hcb was standing farther away when he took his pix

you can check out some of the youtubes on this thread

let us now catalogue famous people

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm much better at taking pix of strangers than of my friends, I don't like being 'that guy' who takes pictures of their friends

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

no i mean theres a weird fisheye thing happening on a lot of them if you look is what i meant

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

idk what you mean, do you have examples? hcb also cropped a lot of his photos

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm much better at taking pix of strangers than of my friends, I don't like being 'that guy' who takes pictures of their friends

that guy who takes pictures of their friends > that guy who takes pictures at shows

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah I go to shows nowadays and half the people there are just there to take pics. I went to this one punk show that had 20 people there and 10 people were taking pix and recording vid. of course I was one of them :(

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

it is the guy who has a leg up against the speaker cabinet and has contorted into some kinda smoke-machine friendly foetal curl to take loads of snaps of the support group that is the problem

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol

dayo, Saturday, 25 December 2010 14:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's Christmas, but boy do I want to come back to this thread because I think about this a lot and wimp out on many shots at the last instant so as not to seem rude. My main trick is to pretend that oh, I'm just taking a picture of this very boring wall, what, you got in the way? Oh well!

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Saturday, 25 December 2010 15:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Or I do the lame thing where I take a photo, get a concerned or nasty look, and then gaze up at the sky like, wow! such a beautiful sky! that's what I meant to photograph!

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Saturday, 25 December 2010 15:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

the only thing that kindof works is just always having the camera in your hand and be playing with it. i have taken a few photos of friends where they didnt realise i was actually taking a photo bc i had spent the last half hour checking the light meter.

― plax (ico), Saturday, December 25, 2010 8:06 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

this works imo

lotta good tips itt

kanellos (gbx), Saturday, 25 December 2010 15:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Or I do the lame thing where I take a photo, get a concerned or nasty look, and then gaze up at the sky like, wow! such a beautiful sky! that's what I meant to photograph!

haha yeah. this actually works if you're taking shots of strangers, i think; like if the people aren't even looking you have time to spin the camera and be all why what a nice carpet pattern

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 15:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, what i'll do is scowl a little bit as i look at the LCD screen, and then frame up another fake picture where the strangers just were, as if their presence in front of the camera actually screwed up my plans

kanellos (gbx), Saturday, 25 December 2010 16:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

when i was shooting in uganda, though, just doing it for four weeks emboldened me enough that by the end i was just straight snapping pics of people from fairly close range (only had a 28). some of the best portraits i got were in the back of a pickup truck (though, in that case, i asked everyone if it was okay that i was snapping---language barriers help, i think)

kanellos (gbx), Saturday, 25 December 2010 16:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://spinwell.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/henricartierbressonfrance1932.jpg

there were better egs. of what im thinking of but this sortof has the kindof distortion of space im thinking of. mine tends to preserve the squareness of space much more if that makes sense.

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 16:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Great question. I used to only film "the built environment" and then I started to ask myself why I (and many of my peers) was afraid to show people I'n my films, and had to acknowledge how powerful a body or a face can be. So I just started making myself shoot in large public places-downtown LA, a racing track, public transit, etc. It depends on the place and the person (and as above, the lens) but I usually do NOT ask permission, though it depends. I don't want to interrupt or disturb anyone but I also sometimes start by looking for people who seem like they want to be looked at and get braver from there. I realize that pictures of people who are clearly "displaying" themselves anyway tend to be less interesting or more predictable, but it's good for building your courage. I started by shooting parades and celebrations like Dia De Los Muertos and political marches. You can really get up I'n peoples faces without bothering them.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'n = stupid iPhone autocorrect.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Here is what I mean. I shot this at an anti-war march in Hollywood. Totally an "easy" shot but good practice for getting (somewhat) close and thinking about shot duration etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUew6-E131s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

one of my friends takes photos when we are hanging out for his paintings on cheap broken digital cameras. he uses them for paintings but it can be like hanging w/ the paps sometimes.

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

still i like the idea of having nice photographs of my friends, i started taking photos when i realised that the only time ppl ever took photos of me was in bars or nightclubs or at parties. basically when i am drunk. i want to have photographs of my friends that actually remind me of my friends. my camera is fn heavy tho.

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Please don't judge this too harshly as it's a) just 4 fund and a few years old, b) a horrible contrasty crusty DIY transfer, and c) has corny music which I recorded on location and slapped down just to have sound to cut to. It was just a street magician with a boombox. This is really an exercise I set myself in order to feel more comfortable shooting people-first using shadows, mirrors and reflections and then going straight for the body. For obvious reasons, Latinos in LA get nervous around cameras, so I tried to be respectful. I also really like it when people look directly into the camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDdfY2CnUgA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't take many photos of strangers, but I can't stand it when people I'm with freak out about having their picture taken. Usually they seem worried that they won't look good... Well, if I'm going to make a good picture of you, I might have to make several dozen bad ones. No, I am not obsessing over you. I am not hitting on you. I am not creeping. I'm not asking you to pose or smile, and I'm not using a flash, so hush.

Kerm, Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

i tell ppl that my camera is super flattering, like it makes ppls skin look really good.

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

For some reason, I don't find shooting people I know very interesting. I actually find people to be more interesting when they are not entirely comfortable.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

yah i guess the diff b/w me and most of u guys is that im not really interested in photography for its own sake, i just want photos of my friends. its just snapshots i guess.

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

another trick i stumbled upon is that u can make photos look really moody by only shooting the backs of ppls heads

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1379.snc4/163165_478458735828_530205828_6332475_1947558_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs048.ash2/35779_411504675828_530205828_5018730_4702412_n.jpg

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah I see. Yeah I don't really like my friends.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

perusing flickr has finally proved that the best kinds of photos are photos of the back of girls heads

schlump, Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

I did shoot some stuff of my friend ben the cranial osteopath, but it's in my fridge until I can afford to process it.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

i took photos of my cattle looking depressed by the snow today (their silage has frozen bits in it, it is kindof grim for them but like there is only so much that heatlamps can do)

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp im glad my friends comb their hair

plax (ico), Saturday, 25 December 2010 19:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

there were better egs. of what im thinking of but this sortof has the kindof distortion of space im thinking of. mine tends to preserve the squareness of space much more if that makes sense.

― plax (ico), 2010年12月26日 星期日 上午12:19 (7 hours ago) Bookmark

yeah the 50mm lens def has a 'flatter' look since it's actually a short telephoto on a 35mm cam. that does seem like an atypical HCB shot because of the great depth of field. would be interested to see more of those examples

dayo, Sunday, 26 December 2010 00:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

there was one ive seen before of three womens legs but googling it just gives you "martine's legs" bc it is so famous i guess

plax (ico), Sunday, 26 December 2010 00:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hmm. I think basically the reason I have a camera or pursue photography at all is to take photos of people. I don't think I'm especially good at it but I find it much more rewarding that trying (usually unsuccessfully) to find a new way to capture a building or interior space or natural environment.

Practically all my favourite photos are casual portraits of my friends (or their kids), implicit in the execution of which is the agreement that I'm not going to splash them all over the Web for just anyone to see, so I can't post them here.

I'm pretty chickenshit when it comes to street photography too - street performers are just asking for it though...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4753450980_8d93996615.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3653/3501521103_68f2818410.jpg

Michael Jones, Sunday, 26 December 2010 17:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

another trick i stumbled upon is that u can make photos look really moody by only shooting the backs of ppls heads

This was my early photo class method of pursuing street photography. Came around to the view that if you're unwilling to be obvious about your picture-taking, you shouldn't be shooting strangers. I have ethical issues with most amateur street photography, tbh - I've just seen way too much "here's a sad homeless guy I ran into while on vacation!" type of shit.

Up close and personal documentary work (Eugene Richards, etc.) winds up being much more powerful in the long run than most 'surrealistic juxtapositions.'

boots get knocked from here to czechoslovakier (milo z), Sunday, 26 December 2010 19:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

well they were both of two of my best friends, really i dont mean strangers here. i mean i clam up when i have a camera in front of me.

plax (ico), Sunday, 26 December 2010 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah, right on. With friends I'll usually drop the camera below eye level, shooting a bit blind, hoping autofocus and scale-focus take care of it. (I'm also taller than most of my friends/family, so shooting them from my eye level can be awkward.) Hope the next iteration of the D700 has an articulating live-view screen.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4115/4868115052_f6bd06e783_b.jpg
DSC_2292.jpg by celluloidpropaganda, on Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4867511461_84600299cb_b.jpg
DSC_2288.jpg by celluloidpropaganda, on Flickr

boots get knocked from here to czechoslovakier (milo z), Sunday, 26 December 2010 19:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have ethical issues with most amateur street photography, tbh - I've just seen way too much "here's a sad homeless guy I ran into while on vacation!" type of shit.

yeah I really hate that kind of street photography that just focuses on 'easy' targets. I try to consciously avoid doing that when I'm out on the street.

I guess the final answer is that photography is ultimately a numbers game, and you just gotta be willing to take a lot of pix to hopefully get that one good one. also having a camera with a quiet shutter helps (at least for me) as it makes me feel a lot less 'instrusive.'

dayo, Monday, 27 December 2010 01:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

omg my camera is so loud, but i like that about it. i'm always showing ppl like "listen to how satisfying that sounds!!!"

plax (ico), Monday, 27 December 2010 03:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm never really so sure about the ethics question, since everyone has completely different ideas of what's ok. Whether it's bad to take photos of something obvious, or it's bad to hide your camera, or it's bad to use a telephoto and stand far away, or whether it's bad to be overly intrusive with a flash and a wide lens, or etc. etc. No matter how you look at it the end result is equally intrusive in the picture that results, regardless of how awkward or aware the subject was made to feel, or whether they are privileged or not, or whether they are looking at the camera or not. I mean no matter how boldly you present yourself, it's not like you've solicited greater agreement to be photographed from those who see you coming. As far as I can tell there's nothing inherently worse about taking a sneaky telephoto shot of someone than taking a sneaky wide shot other than the fact that the telephoto shot will generally probably be boring, flat, and usually way too tight on it's subject.
Uh, so for that reason I feel that it's important to learn how to get close to subjects to make them *interesting* more than anything. I'm talking too much since I'm a little buzzed tonight, but I think too much is made sometimes of the heroics of photographers who advertise their intrusion. I do think that a healthy confidence allows for good photos, but some of the street photography mythos is some macho nonsense. Never understood why it's more ethical to take unsolicited photos of strangers if they see you before or after the fact than it is to take unsolicited photos of strangers if they never know.

lou reed scott walker monks niagra (chinavision!), Monday, 27 December 2010 04:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Have you guys seen this guys work http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannysantos/ ?

not_goodwin, Monday, 27 December 2010 14:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

my trick is to introduce myself or to ask ppl if they will pose for a photo, earn their trust, then take like 1000 candids w/o asking for any further permission.

this only really works at parties or other situations where ppl are drunk/ having fun/ socializing. for street photography u just gotta "go for it" i guess

gr8080, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

ya but you are gr80

dayo, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 00:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

i won't argue that fact

gr8080, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 02:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Locate hookers, use flash and run...
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=2651
Otherwise everyone does this.
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=1937
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=1906

or get them asleep
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=13269
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=1943

Or take them when they are posing for someone else
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=13249

Or choose vain folk who love having their pics taken.

http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=13252
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=1466

And if all else fails, get a bit drunk so you do not mind being up in people's faces, but not so drunk you lose your camera
http://completelyinthedark.com/main.php?g2_itemId=4565

or so drunk that pics are out of focus, like that one.

Proger, Monday, 23 May 2011 10:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think that I got some good ones today, but as I only took my film camera out, and am skint, no doubt this film will sit in my fridge until I have enough money to develop them. Anyway, there was a drunk chap outside asking where I was going, in his hand a fag that he did not have the means to light. I popped into the shop and got him a lighter and asked for some pics, saying I wanted to take photos of people on the street. Took 4 before he stoppped me; It was only a lighter after all. But I felt very shitty. It is okay to get drunk to take pics of people when you would not normally do so. But to take pics of drunks is not the same at all. Everyone has their own story and most don't want it to be on a camera.

Proger, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

I apologise for the bad writing,
If the pics come out, I will post them.

Proger, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Found a new way today, Basically, bang your headphones on, blast the music up and keep snapping away. People my get annoyed but you are barely there; just some person snapping away with headphones on. Bob Dylan is good to snap to.

Great in a place where you do not speak the lingo, but usual rules apply. People tend to let you know if they do not want pics taken via gestures, headphones let you deal with the ones who are okay with it. Music can distract from remembering your camera settings too. Keep a track on WB, ISO, etc.

If anything comes of today's 400 pics I will let you see.

Proger, Friday, 3 June 2011 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

I love those old photos that were taken by street photographers. This is one of my grandfather with my grandmother and his mother in Mexico City in the 1940s. I wouldn't mind having my photo taken this way. If it was good, sure I'd pay for it. I love to shoot people with my Polaroid Land camera in black and white.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tera/4734310614/in/set-72157624357532506

*tera, Friday, 10 June 2011 06:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

picture doesn't load for me, alas

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 10 June 2011 13:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1203/4734310614_515fd2042e.jpg

*tera, Friday, 10 June 2011 16:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

You never got your ass kicked for taking a picture?

Occasionally I will. But usually what I’ll say is, [in an overtly upbeat, ingenuous voice] ‘May I take your picture? I’m from Memphis!’ I have found that always works. They say, ‘Oh, sure’. There’s some magic about that, ‘I’m from Memphis!’ I just stumbled on it. Nobody told me that secret. You can use it yourself. Just say, ‘Hey, I’m from Memphis!’ For some reason they know that word ‘Memphis’. You could say some other city, I don’t think it would have the same ring to it. Say, ‘I’m from Savannah’, I don’t think that would work.

, Blogger (schlump), Monday, 13 August 2012 12:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i'd imagine Saskatoon would be hard to say no to as well!

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 13 August 2012 14:19 (six years ago) Permalink

winnipeg imo

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 03:25 (six years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

But the most difficult thing for me is not street photography. It’s a portrait. The difference between a portrait and a snapshot is that in a portrait, a person agreed to be photographed. But certainly it’s like a biologist and his microscope. When you study the thing, it doesn’t react as when it’s not studied. And you have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt, which is not an easy thing, because you steal something. The strange thing is that you see people naked through your viewfinder. And it’s sometimes very embarrassing.

I’m always nervous when I go to take a portrait, because it’s a new experience. Usually when taking a portrait, I feel like putting a few questions just to get the reaction of a person. It’s difficult to talk at the same time that you observe with intensity the face of somebody. But still, you must establish a contact of some sort. Whereas with Ezra Pound, I stood in front of him for maybe an hour and a half in utter silence. We were looking at each other in the eye. He was rubbing his fingers. I took maybe altogether one good photograph, four other possible, and two which were not interesting. That makes about six pictures in an hour and a half. And no embarrassment on either side.

乒乓, Monday, 24 June 2013 11:10 (five years ago) Permalink

-- terry richardson

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 01:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha ha!

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:01 (five years ago) Permalink


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