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TonyBGoode
2654 days ago
 
Shooting Strangers

Taking pictures of people out in public is fun and can yield some great candid shots, but getting started can be hard for first-timers to get comfortable with.

I just discovered this great Photojojo article:

http://photojojo.com/content/photo-proj … portraits/

Does anyone have any other ideas or approaches they have tried in the past? I'd like to do a project like this sometime soon (maybe in the hours before Annie Hall begins in Bryant Park on Monday!).



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John
2654 days ago
 
I seem to remember someone making a big red foam heart during valentines day. Placed it on the street and welcomed 'lovers' to stand on the heart for a portrait shot and it worked well. I like the candy-cane idea.

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Amit Gupta
2654 days ago
 
Bre Pettis and i bought a sheet of foam core, a market, and a couple bags of lollipops and had a great time taking stranger portraits in Union Square, NYC in January.

Here's the sign and a sample pic:

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/resized_img46b363b11abbc.jpg?url=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/142/344504566_ec7e4948b1.jpg

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/resized_img46b363b133dfd.jpg?url=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/134/346063284_58c14527fd.jpg

My set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/ … 458052363/

Bre's set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bre/sets/7 … 457476244/



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TonyBGoode
2654 days ago
 
Bre's wide angle fisheye lens added a great effect to all those already great shots.



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Tudy
2653 days ago
 
OH! OH! I love the lollipop idea. I personally find it difficult to shoot strangers. I feel like I'm invading their space. I might try this idea. thanks


Wherever I go, there I am.

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ania
2651 days ago
 
Sooo friggin cool big_smile big_smile big_smile


-Ania

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petitshoo
2650 days ago
 
I live in Japan, so I learned the phrase in Japanese "may I take your picture please".  I've used it a lot when I've been out and about.  I haven't done a full on picture project, but I think it would be a cool thing to do before I move. 

It's funny how japanese people (especially teenagers) want to take their photo with us (the foreigners).  We've also been asked for our autographs by junior high students.  It's like being a celebrity (except we aren't).



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scenes
1797 days ago
 
Old, but I stumbled on this and might have to try it sometime. Though, they say not to talk to strangers with candy... wink

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Willtastic
1797 days ago
 
lol, I love that lollipop idea Amit posted.  This was posted before I joined so I never got to see it


If you saw a man drowning and could either save him or photograph it, what kind of camera would you use?

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mrbudjohns
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1779 days ago
 
Just saw this thread getting started - honestly it's all about the momentum. once you get the idea that you'd like to get someone's photo, just keep the ball rolling. make yourself stand up, walk over with a big smile and an honest request, "could I ask a favor of you... " I'm in the middle of a 365 project where I take a photo everyday of myself, with someone. a lot of those someones happen to be my family, but a lot of those someones are often complete strangers. the coolest thing is linking with social networking sites like facebook or flickr and seeing how other people are networked to you. if you're interested in the project, or have cool ideas of your own (I love the lollipop idea) flickr mail or facebook me!

http://www.facebook.com/mrbudjohnson
http://www.flickr.com/mrbudjohnson



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superdewa
1779 days ago
 
great idea for a 365 project, mrbudjohnson!

I haven't taken many photos of strangers, but I have discovered it's a lot easier when I'm out shooting with someone else. We egg each other on. That's how I got up the courage to take this one (I asked his permission first):

http://forum.photojojo.com/img/posted/resized_img4af46b24560fc.jpg?url=http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2648/3895439502_609cbfd0fb_b.jpg

There is NO WAY I would have taken this without my friend's moral support.


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mrbudjohns
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1779 days ago
 
I can tell the shot was well-planned! great colors, very nice crop! When I do my group shots I've got  a little gorilla pod that I set up - but I don't really put enough emphasis on the framing of the photo. great shot!

the project's been awesome - not only the retention of daily details, but stepping out getting to know people and share the fun of photography is exhilarating!



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