Taking Photos of People

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How do you overcome your fear of taking photos of people? If you're shy, it can be a challenge! Are you usually the one shooting from across the street with a long lens? Of course, that means you can never use the photos commercially, because you'd have to actually talk to someone to ask them to sign a model release!

Have you ever spotted a real character, or wanted to take photos of people who represent the region where you're traveling? But you're not sure how they'll react, or whether they'll want to be compensated, and so you pass up the opportunity?

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Readers, what advice do you have for those who are reluctant to approach strangers for a photograph, but feel like they're missing great shots? Please share!

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Bring a buddy 
If you're shy about approaching people, it can help to bring along a "photo buddy" -- someone who will shoot with you. It can boost your confidence level …

Click first then ask permission Not rated yet
I have begun making candid photos of strangers (while in public places.) I usually stand back a good distance and use a telephoto zoom lens. Usually they …

Start with someone you know Not rated yet
Start by shooting your friends or family. Once you get used to shooting them, you can try friends of friends - like at a party, or BBQ, or other event, …

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