Photography and pushing boundaries.

Despite loving photography I’m actually very bad at taking pictures of people. I think it’s the shyness thing, I don’t like to intrude, so I’ve mainly done landscape and other things apart from a rare option to do portfolio shots for a couple of friends or snapshots at parties. When I picked up my dSLR last year, I made a promise to myself I’d start taking more pictures of people, and have a goal to start a project where I take a portrait of different person every day for a month and make sure some of them are strangers. It’ll force me to approach people and start practicing that.

In the meantime, I’ve been in spain for the past week as I said in my last post. It was a great week and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the amazing team of people Inspa had put together for the retreat. I learned much and made some great friendships while I was there. When not working or sleeping, I took part in the hikes that were organised and took the camera along to record the places we walked as well as taking some photos of people. At the end of the week there was an ‘It’s a Knockout’ type event for fun and I spent a snap-happy hour photographing everyone there. I’m really pleased with how the shots have come out, and you can see the gallery on my flickr account here

It was good practice in shooting people, and I could relax knowing that no-one minded. In fact everyone was really pleased and asked to see the shots, hence the flickr set. Must try doing more of this.


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2 Responses to Photography and pushing boundaries.

  1. yesbuts says:

    I’m more at ease taking street shots in London than in small towns, but after a while people ignore the camera and you.

    Though I must say in my opinion a P&S is better than DSLR for street shots – less intrusive and “in-your-face”. Also a DSLR looks “official and important” while with a P&S your just another tourist.

  2. tbrd says:

    I have the same problem. Friends are okay, as are performers, but people I don’t know? I feel very uncomfortable. A solution to this is to just get out there and do it. Make it a challenge to yourself to go in to town and sit at a cafe and photograph anyone interesting that walks past.

    It’s good to have a prepared response for those that ask why. E.g.: “I’m working on an art project” Maybe also a card so they can go see your photos on flickr afterwards.

    You do this enough, you lose your fear, like anything else you feel uncomfortable doing.

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