Comments on: Capturing Humanity: 10 Tips for Great Street and Market Photos http://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/ travel wide, live deep Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:02:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-1461845 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:30:12 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-1461845 Jo, I am introverted as well, so I can empathize. I think the idea is to focus on the relationships and connections, then let the great photos come. I also think it helps to find a connection or subject through which to start the conversation. That’s one of the reasons why we visit markets so often, because we happen to love food. With the common interest, conversations and connections flow a little easier.

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By: Jo (The Blonde)http://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-1461833 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:24:45 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-1461833 I must say that a part of me is really introvert (that’s why I like writing so much) and I find hard to start a conversation with a stranger. Usually, I go around with my camera and ‘hide’, so the subject can’t see me. So many times I lost a good photo because I was too far away.
Once they smile and talk to me it is all fine, and I love it when it happens, but when they don’t, then I really find it almost scary to start talking to them.

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-1461606 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:26:08 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-1461606 Hi Ron,
Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree with you that if someone gives you permission to take a portrait shot, you should shoot the image in the way the person wants instead of the way you think it “should” be. The idea behind “”don’t ask people to pose” piece of advice is don’t ask people to pose in a way that you think looks “authentic” rather than is the natural position of the person. The story that is connected is in the article – that we once saw a professional photographer make a Burmese woman pose with her scales to get a “natural” shot, which was not how she normally would have posed if she had had her choice.

Nice piece of advice regarding whether the markets where you are photographing have FB or other social media profiles!

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By: Ron Maderhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-1461603 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:31:16 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-1461603 I don’t mind asking people to pose. This is also a good way to start a conversation. Too many photographers take candid photos for their sense of aesthetics instead of asking locals what they’d like.

The other tip I would add is to see whether the market has a page on Facebook or presence on other social web channels. Some do, some don’t. If the answer is affirmative, your photo could help to bring more business to the market. A win-win!

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-1180307 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:10:25 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-1180307 @Leyla: Yes, great piece of advice and story. Having a woman come after me with a machete would certainly shake me up!!

It reminds me of when we were in Bolivia and visiting the indigenous market in Tarabuco. The people in the town do not like photographs taken of them and there are stories of tourists getting tomatoes thrown at them and such. One guy we met had taken a wide angle photo of the street, not realizing that there was a man at the far end of the street. That guy came after him, started yelling at him and looked like he was going to beat him up. Fortunately, a shopkeeper came out to help the tourist and brought him back into the shop. So yes, always be sure there isn’t someone in the background :)

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By: Leyla Girayhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-1179110 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:23:27 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-1179110 Thanks Audrey – I agree with everything you say and really appreciate all the great tips and advice (much needed by me!). It’s important to go where people are, and to make that connection.

I would add one thing: beware what’s in the background. In Lagos (Nigeria) I was chatting with a vegetable-seller in a market, we were both smiling, relaxed, and I asked if I could take her picture. She immediately agreed and as I put up my camera, a huge yell came from behind her, followed by a woman wielding a machete!

“No picture!” she screamed, clambering over stalls in her effort to slice off a piece of me. I was of course terrified and managed to take refuge in a nearby building. I eventually understood that she had been in the background and saw me taking a photograph. She couldn’t tell whether I was shooting her or anyone else, and was afraid I was stealing her spirit – so she wanted it back, or something along those lines. I truly hadn’t noticed she was there, but felt a bit better when I was told she was prone to outbreaks of violence – it wasn’t just me.

Moral of that story… look at the entire frame…

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-874519 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:44:24 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-874519 @Mariane: Excellent. We totally understand. From the standpoint of respect, your approach is better than the other extreme.

Having said that, it’s surprising how approachable people are, especially after you’ve made some sort of connection with them on a human level.

Enjoy!

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By: Mariane [TheChroniclesofMariane]http://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-871921 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:19:58 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-871921 I used to be shy on snapping portraits on the assumption that some people might be offended if I do, and then I always regret not having to do it after the trip. These are great tips and will be noting of these on my next travels.

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-826391 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:05:04 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-826391 @Elena: So glad you found this article useful. It does take time to work up the courage and get into a groove approaching people and photographing them. I also find that explaining to people why you are taking the photo sometimes helps – often people are proud that you want to use them as an example/ambassador for their country or town. Good luck and happy photographing!

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By: Elenahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/10-tips-for-great-street-and-market-photos/#comment-821820 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:36:38 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1609#comment-821820 I really enjoyed reading this article. I’ve just began traveling myself haven’t yet built the courage to approach people and really be at ease with the locals. I always feel as I’m intruding and I don’t want them to feel that they are being gawked at. These are wonderful tips to establish a real connection and I will make sure to use them next time I’m out shooting about!

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