OT: When does it get weird?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Avery, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Avery

    Avery Guest

    When you're shooting an event how do you know when people are getting
    weirded out? I have to shoot a picnic next week... It's a corporate
    function with lots of food, one of those bouncy space castles for the
    kids, a dunk tank, etc. I'm planning on handling most of the shots
    from a distance with my 70-200mm but for the 50mm work where are the
    safe zones?

    And how involved should I be in the mingling? I'm going to be there
    for a full four hours. Should I be shooting the entire time?

    Thanks for any advice or war stories you can share.

    ~ extreme amateur
    Avery, Jun 17, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    At group events, people usually have a defensice reaction to photography
    at the beginning. My cure is to be visible screwing around with the
    camera and stuff at the beginning and taking a few shots, then I drop it
    for a bit and let people get into the swing of things. Then I
    stealthily snipe away with the 80-200 f/2.8. Wider lenses to get a feel
    for the group.

    Really, it depends if your role is document or to be a participant. Two
    different things.

    Alan Browne, Jun 17, 2005
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    Juan Guest

    You'll know that people are getting "weirded out" when your nut sack starts
    Juan, Jun 17, 2005

  4. From one amateur to another, I spent the last few months being the
    "official" photog for my daughters highschool crew team. This is a team of
    50 girls and at every event almost as many parents all in a picnic type
    environment. I shot the events with a 28-135 and a 100-400. Remember I'm
    shooting highschool aged girls so when ever the camera points at then they
    get "weirded out." Most of the best shots came from the 100-400 when I
    could stand far away from the tent and food tables and snap away undetected.
    On occasion I'd switch to the 28-135 go get wider crowd shots and some group
    shots when I could get people to cooperate. I found, however, that my
    100-400, which was a bit too big, was used much more often. I hope to have
    a 70-200 for next year.

    Of course after several weeks of doing this at regattas and practice the
    girls just got used to me being around but I found early on that if I just
    kept my equipment with me all the time my subject got used to the idea much
    faster and I was always ready to get that "perfect" candid shot. I can
    tell you that I have several great shots of girls with scowling at me. The
    parent love those shots the best. ;-)

    My advice, pay attention early on and make a mental note of the people who
    seem shy or hoggish. Avoid them with the 50 and get them later with the
    70-200 when they don't know you're shooting. I personally don't like the
    pictures where the subject are hamming it up so again I'd switch over to the
    70-200 and get shots of them when they don't expect it. Alan's advice about
    getting a few "arrival" shots early on and then holding off until later in
    the party is a great one but as I said above, I found that if I carried the
    camera around even when I wasn't shooting people got used to the idea much
    faster so when I was taking pics they didn't really notice.

    Most importantly, have fun with it!!! Your not likely to get award winning
    pics in this type of environment and remember that digital is cheap so snap
    away. If you spend too much time with you composition you'll miss the
    moment. The more you take the better you'll get with on the fly

    Of course remember you're getting this advice from another amateur so take
    all for what its worth. The pros around here may have better advice then I
    can give.

    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Jun 17, 2005
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