How to look and act like a real photographer (?)

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  1. chrisv2

    chrisv2 TPF Noob!

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    My wife said I'm "weird" and will look "silly" if I do this. I wanted to get the opinion of people who actually know about photography.

    I'm the proud owner of a new Sirui monopod for my compact mirrorless camera. I don't like lugging around a camera bag, and for what I want to do I believe my 32mm f/1.8 lens will be fine for the day's worth of pictures I plan on taking.

    So I want to walk around with the camera mounted to the monopod, and maybe get a neoprene sleeve to wrap around the camera to protect it when not shooting. I don't even want to collapse the monopod, since I don't want to waste time setting up -- so basically a camera "walking stick" situation.

    Is that weird? Is there anything else I should do to pretend to be a real photographer? I was thinking of periodically holding up my fingers in a joined "L" shape and looking at them with one eye shut -- which I think either helps frame the shot or wards off evil spirits.

    Any help would be appreciated.


     
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    jsecordphoto Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Basically just snicker at people taking pictures with their phones or iPads as you walk by, that should give the impression that you're the real deal
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Who cares how you look, as long as you get the images you want?
     
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    Who cares what other people think as long as you're not interfering with their enjoyment in some way. Really you just have to get used to people thinking that you're weird and giving you funny looks when you're out taking pics in a public place. Your family however, will probably not ever get used to it so you'll have to get used to them rolling their eyes and being slightly embarrassed by you! Recently I was laying on the ground on a lime green yoga mat out by our local lake at right off to the side of a popular walking/jogging path. I definitely got some strange looks but hey, I got the shot I wanted.
     
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    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    I sometimes see an older gentleman at a park I go to for photos who keeps his camera mounted on his tripod (covered with a neoprene sleeve when he's walking) with the legs fully extended and he walks with it over his shoulder. He has a much larger lens than a 32mm as well (one of Canons large expensive "white"ones that I could only wish to be able to afford).

    As for your family you'll either have to go out without them (to save them from dying from embarrassment) or be sure you make a point of really embarrassing them the first time or two you go out; especially if you have teenagers. Then hopefully they won't be as embarrassed on future trips.

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    i take photos of myself in stores with mannequins that seems to work
     
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    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    W.W.K.R.D.?
     
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    I don't even know how "real" photographers act. :D
     
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    budget cruncher TPF Noob!

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    I know a little something about families, and trust me; this will only be embarrassing for the first five or six times. Then it will seem almost "normal" for you to carry the rig around all day.
     
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    Here's one...
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    Here's another....
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    You might try emulating one of them.
     
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    I dunno if you've ever heard of these:
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