My camera makes people nervous

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  1. molested_cow

    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've been to many parts of the world with my camera and have had little problem with taking photos of people at work or randomly, in public places of course. However, I still can't find a way to make people in my country(Taiwan) feel comfortable with me taking photos of them. There are many interesting and unique culture and lifestyles here which I really want to capture, but people tend to get nervous with photographers taking photos. They are mostly paranoid of potential journalists trying to dig some scandal news or under cover inspectors from the government(many of them being stall owners). So how do you deal with it?

    I'm sure if I look like a tourist they won't be so suspicious, but the problem is, I simply don't look like a tourist!
     
  2. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Talk to them. You have to communicate.
     
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    Paranoia knows no limits. There are groups and classes in every culture that expect a photograph to somehow come back to haunt them. I saw two old men sitting on a bench at walmart here in the states. I asked if i could make their picture the said no. Then kept a close eye on me until I was gone.

    I once did some insurance photography talk about paranoid.
     
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    Want to see nervous? Try shooting with the 500L prime... everyone takes a WIDE berth...LOL
     
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    molested_cow No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Haha, the sun shade on my 300mm zoom gives people a false impression!
     
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    You could try shooting with a Koni-Omega Rapid. It's a big camera, and the film advance on that acts and sounds similar to the slide being thrown on a semi-automatic pistol. Okay, I'm no help. The best I can do is echo Matt.
     
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    I did some work for a police department in the seventies, They used the koni. The reason I was told, was that it could double as a club if necessary.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    well, but if you are not up for close up THAT lens allows you to hide between those piles of rubbish and stay unnoticed while shooting ;)
     
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    Get yourself some hawaiian shirts, some shorts and a baseball cap and your sorted!
     
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    While I agree with Matt I can understand why that'd be hard for some people (myself included). Maybe go out with a friend or two or maybe another photographer. Safety in numbers!!
     
  11. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Oh, it's definitely hard to do, no doubt, but you'll never get the pictures otherwise. It's just a hurdle you have to get past.
     
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    Yeah I agree with Matt. The worst they can say is no, and who cares anyway because they probably don't know you. Or then again, you could hide behind a tree and snap the shots you want. ;)
     

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