Candid Shots?

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  1. burntsmore

    burntsmore TPF Noob!

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    I'm a photography student and the first assignment this semester is shooting people. 8 formal and 8 informal. I don't have many people that are willing to be in front of the camera so I'm really new to photographing people.

    I was just wondering if there were any good places to get candid shots or the like. I live more or less in the suburbs.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dubious Drewski

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    I would think this would be simple. To get candids, go to where there are lots of people, like a park or event. Then when you get there, be as polite and personable as you possibly can be to ask strangers if they'll let you take their picture.

    I often don't have the guts to do this, but when I do, I get great shots.
     
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    John_Olexa No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Also tell them what you just told us,
    "I'm a photography student and the first assignment this semester is shooting people" Although I would use the word Photograph instead.

    Welcome to the group & photography
     
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    Hehe, yeah. I can imagine the funny looks you might get if you approach a stranger with the words "Hold still for a sec so I can shoot you!"
     
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    wont any of your fellow students pose for you? you could offer to return the favour for them.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking of going to a local park, it's right on the water and there's always people fishing and cooking out. But that was the only place I could think of. Hmm, maybe a bookstore... that could be interesting...

    "wont any of your fellow students pose for you?"

    I didn't even think of that! I might have to give that a try!

    Thanks you guys!
     
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    if you don't want to approach people to ask to take a picture of them, telephoto lens is your friend, :)
     

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