How to Photograph Strangers by Jonathan Cherry
EMBRACE THE FEAR
There will always be an element of fear when photographing a stranger. I see people everyday whom I would love to photograph and more often than not, I will not approach them because the fear in my belly takes over — thoughts that roll around in my head are the following: “they will say no,” “they will be embarrassed,” “what’s the best way to ask?” or “they will say yes but it might not go to plan.”
I have the best luck when I have an excuse to photograph someone. My excuse could be something as simple as I’m doing a project on local people — that is my usual staple saying. Otherwise, if you are a student, just say that you are doing a project for school, college or university — that always gets the sympathetic vote.
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