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Staring at me

Am I feeling conspicuous or what?

I tried shooting from the hip yesterday with the strap of my camera over my shoulder and my camera in a horizontal position instead of being wrapped around my hand in a vertical orientation.

It proved useful, but I found that:

  1. More of my shots were blurry, perhaps because either the back and forth movement of me walking. I tried shooting in Tv (Shutter Priority mode) and even at 1/200sec and higher there was shake.
  2. It’s great getting more of the surroundings in but I miss the feet.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/80s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

5 replies on “Staring at me”

Do you not think that employing this technique is a little risque?! Would you not be better placed being ballsy about it and just pointing your camera at people and taking the shot that you want. Print up some business cards indicating that you are a photographer, with links back to your website etc, so people can see what you’re about if they are curious.

Also, with digital, if people do feel uncomfortable with you shooting them, the beauty is that they can see you delete the image from your camera there and then, if they still insist on same after you have explained what it is that you do.

The only scenario I can see you countering my point is that you are trying to catch candids, and by making it obvious that you are taking a photo people change their behaviour. Whilst this is true, I find that if you are either quick at getting your shot, or you don’t react to people looking at you as you are looking through your viewfinder and stay focused on them, that they quickly think that it is not in fact them you are photographing, and quickly forget about you and get on with their business.

Shooting from the hip is described as “the cowards way” but it’s as valid a method as any. I wasn’t in the mood to chat to strangers on Saturday and so this is the easiest way to make some interesting photos.

I still haven’t had business cards printed! I must get around to it someday, but it’s way down on the list of things to do!

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