Shooting Strangers on the Street!

Shoot a stranger? Well, not like this. We mean with your camera ...

... like this.

Some tips from Kai.

http://youtu.be/eHLT6gRVA-8?list=UUuw8B6Uv0cMWtV5vbNpeH_A


Street Photography Tips from Matt Stuart Digital Camera World.


1. When NOT to take photos on the street

The key to not interrupting a scene is to be quick. The longer you’ve been shooting street photography, the easier you’ll find it to take what you want and leave. It’s important to know if an image is worth taking, though. Ask yourself if it’s worth the hassle – for example, taking a picture of someone wiping a baby’s bottom is bound to get you in trouble, as is photographing a drug deal. I have a gauge of the people I’m going to photograph and if it’s worth it. I used to try to photograph fights when I saw them but I don’t now – it’s not worth aggravating two people whose adrenaline levels are soaring. All the attention can easily be turned to you, the person with the camera.

2. Street photography and the law

Whether or not you should worry about including commercial elements in your shots depends on what you’ll end up doing with them. If you sell them on to a stock library you may need to make sure that the image within the image is cleared. I don’t sell my pictures to stock libraries so I worry less about these issues.  I’ve had a few run-ins with the police when I’ve been photographing on the streets – I stay polite and try to explain to them what I’m doing.

3. What to do when confronted

When people spot you taking a picture of them, smile – it works! Sometimes just looking at anything but the person you’re photographing is good too. A switched-off iPod is useful as if people ask you what you’re doing you can pretend to be listening to music.

4. Do I need permission to photograph people on the street?

I don’t get permission. I don’t interact with the people I’ve photographed. You only need permission/releases if you’re going to sell the picture for commercial use. I can’t imagine asking the people I photograph for releases, as it would take forever and probably be quite awkward.

5. How to avoid being spotted when shooting street scenes

• Wear dark clothes. Bright colors will make you stand out.
• Keep your elbows in when you’re shooting.
• Have the camera set. Don’t play around with exposures too much. Be ready to shoot and go.
• If you wear the camera around your neck, keep the strap high so there’s less movement between bringing the camera up to your face.
• Take the camera with you everywhere. Get so used to the camera that it feels like a second skin.

See y'all there folks! I'll be there early to have some lunch at Chung King Mansions. I love the great Indian food there.



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  • Christina C.

    Rule of Thirds - Digital Photography School - http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

    November 6

  • Christina C.

    welcome to give me comments of my photos in TST:
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5W16fE

    Thanks.

    November 5

    • ron

      Good photos, Christina. I looked at all of them. You do have some of people's feet cut off. Move your camera lower by bending down a bit before shooting. At least get your camera below their head level. Next, use the Rule of Thirds when composing. Compose fully, then trigger.

      1 · November 6

    • Christina C.

      Thanks.

      November 6

    • ron

      Ha. I was hoping to find your name there, Jason.

      November 3

    • jason f.

      your reply warms the cockles of my heart. But I'd need to be much much better than I am; and have the presence of mind to be a greater participant on social media to get any morsel of recognition.

      November 4

  • julia

    great!

    1 · November 3

  • ron

    Thank you all for coming, everyone! I was so happy to meet you all and also my old friends from HKPC, who were there for a morning shoot. It was nice to meet up with Manpreet Singh and Malcolm.

    5 · November 3

    • Yan M

      It was a fun yet educational afternoon for me, thanks Ron!

      November 3

  • ron

    Thanks for coming to join us, Ariel.

    November 3

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanls Ron! It was a pleasure to attend and meet new people. I had fun. Hopefully I will be back sooner to attend future outings.

      November 3

  • Cecilia H.

    Ron, great event! although I only attended a small part of it. I enjoyed it much!

    1 · November 3

  • Alexia Lawrie B.

    Thanks for a great event!! had an amazing time!! see you all next shoot!

    2 · November 3

  • Dutta A.

    Ron... Just saw ur pics.. Amazing.. U stole d show again..

    1 · November 2

  • chowpott

    Another great event, Thanks Ron

    1 · November 2

  • Christina C.

    The bride and bride's maids photos are so realistic and nice!

    2 · November 2

  • Dana I.

    Thanks for today's shoot. It was great to see everybody. ;-) See you all on the next shoot.

    2 · November 2

  • Tze Tuo Cheung V.

    It was great meeting everyone today. Thanks for the nice day shooting. Looking forward to seeing all your shots.

    November 2

  • Zeeshan S.

    As always it was a fun experience. Don't forget to upload your pictures and also do invest some of your precious time to view/comment on work of others.

    November 2

  • Hanna

    Great to meet and greet, lovely day. Was too hard to keep the group or groups together. Hope to catch you all again some time soon.

    November 2

  • Steve L.

    Thanks for the fun initiation into street photography!

    November 2

  • Laurence H.

    It was a really nice shooting session with all of you! Thank you! Y mejor todavía conocer amigo(a)s latinas!

    November 2

  • Christina C.

    Thank you so much for the fun street shooting.

    November 2

  • Myra

    Sorry I lost everybody. Already on the train back home...

    November 2

  • Hanna

    Sorry guys I had to take off. I look forward to seeing everyone's shots!!

    November 2

  • Christina C.

    Where is the meeting spot?

    November 2

  • Wen

    sorry guys, I had to leave...my battery ran out!!

    November 2

  • Hanna

    Julia we are meeting at 3 pm at the same spot. Outside isquare by Peking road

    2 · November 2

  • Christina C.

    Here at iSquare main entrance, in front of Max & Co. Now.

    November 2

  • Cecilia H.

    I am joining but will be late for 10 mins.

    November 2

  • Chung

    Sorry for bailing out at the last minute, but I've got some painful sunburns so iI'll stay indoors for the day.

    November 2

  • julia

    Where are you guys?

    November 2

  • julia

    Making it soon

    November 2

  • Myra

    Hi sorry I just got on a text in Wan Chai, will be so late, maybe get there at 14.20? Can I please have someone's number to call to find out we're to meet up everybody when I get to iSquare? Sorry...

    November 2

  • Hanna

    I miscalculated my journey and will be about 10-15 min late.

    November 2

  • Rosa W.

    Sorry Ron yhat i have to withdraw in the last min as my special family issue is not yet settled. Appreciate ur understanding. You guys emjoy!

    November 2

  • Steve L.

    Do you guys travel in a pack of 50 or pair off? Just wondering as i have never done this.

    November 1

    • ron

      We'll break into groups of 5. Then at a certain time, meet at a predestined location.

      November 1

    • Steve L.

      Sounds good, hope i can make it!

      November 2

  • Christina C.

    Ron, my girl friend may want to be our model. Should I bring her tomorrow or wait for next time?

    November 1

    • ron

      It's a street shoot so we're only shooting strangers. She can pretend to be a stranger and join us. Better yet, bring her to our portrait shoot next week. Then she can model.

      1 · November 1

  • MC V.

    sorry I can not make on this event. My relatives just came for vacation. Need to go with them the whole day. Have fun on shooting.

    November 1

  • Daniel m.

    I am live in U.S. I would like to learn what are the interesting subjects for street photography in your cities?

    November 1

  • Erlina W.

    Hi Ron sorry again i cannot join this meetup, big problems i need stay home in the weekend! Poor me :(

    October 31

  • Trupti

    Hi Ron, i am going to be busy moving into my new plc too...sorry. Will see you at shopping tomorrow though.

    1 · October 31

  • Alessandro O.

    Sorry Ron I can't attend this time since I still busy moving in my new appart

    October 30

    • ron

      Ale, you need help to move?

      October 30

  • Syma

    Wohoo! We finally have a date and location :)

    October 9

    • Syma

      Just realized it's on my birthday! :o

      3 · October 9

    • Laurence H.

      Well congrats! You'll shooting someone on your birthday....

      2 · October 9

  • Laurence H.

    This one would be very interesting! looking forward...

    1 · October 8

  • Syma

    So when are we doing this? I am assuming upon Ron's return from France?

    August 19

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