Thoughts on Photographing People

Photographing people, for me, is ever such a delicate task. It almost involves getting the camera to your eye and letting the shutter go whilst at the same time sort of NOT doing that. What do I mean? (I wish I knew) I think the task is best tackled by having more than a passing interest in psychology or, at any rate, what people are like. Not just what they look like.

We all know the situation where a conversation with someone is going well: free, un-stressed, easy and then the camera comes into play and, bing, the atmosphere has changed. Sometimes imperceptably but it’s changed.

If one does get the shot, I’ll wager it is partly because you were paying attention to the person involved rather than just juggling light, exposure, viewpoint and moment.

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One thought on “Thoughts on Photographing People

  1. What a refreshing approach to photographing people. It’s certainly a very challenging subject and it can also be the most rewarding one because you potentially can walk away with not just great shots but the opportunity of truly having connections with people and not feeling that you’ve stolen something from them.

    You’ve certainly instilled a new approach in me for the next time I go on vacation and mingle amongst the locals. What’s funny is that photographing them involves doing what we normally do as a photographer but at the same time sort of not doing that. By that I mean, taking the camera to your eye and letting the shutter go crazy but focusing more on what people are like and not just on what they look like.

    If a photographer walks away with a great shot, I’ll bet it’s partly because they were paying attention to the person involved rather than focusing on all the other technicalities that can often obscured one’s photographic vision.

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