What to do when you are on the other end of the lens?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Peter Chant, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. Peter Chant

    Peter Chant Guest

    Yet again I have spoilt some photos.

    What should I do when I am being photographed?

    If asked to pose and smile I hate doing cheesy fake smiles so I don't
    and the resulting photo shows be with a grimmace no matter how
    happy I am at the time the photo was taken.

    In other shots I have blinked when the flash goes off, so I have my eyes
    shut. I'm not even sure how this works as I am sure that flash is only
    fired once the shutter opens and the blink reflex is too slow to correspond,
    yet I have my eyes shut.

    It seems to matter little whether it is a ameture or pro taking the
    photo. I do actually look OK if I am caught by surprise.

    So my question is, what should I do to ensure I look ok in photos
    other people take of me?

    Peter Chant, Dec 14, 2003
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  2. Peter Chant

    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Stare madly?
    Tony Spadaro, Dec 14, 2003
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  3. Peter Chant

    Peter Chant Guest

    I have probally done that as well!

    Perhaps I should put the axe down before people photograph me...
    Peter Chant, Dec 14, 2003
  4. Peter Chant

    Lionel Guest

    Kibo informs me that (Peter Chant) stated that:
    FWIW, I'll give you the same advice I give the subjects of my candid
    portraits: Just relax & be yourself. That's what I do when someone's
    shooting me.
    It's the photographer's job to catch the right moment. As for blinking;
    it seems to me that it's caused by the sound of the mirror flipping up,
    by the preflash, or by the focus-assist light. A quick & dirty fix for
    shooting inveterate blinkers is to turn on the motor drive & take a 3
    shot burst instead of a single shot. ;)
    Lionel, Dec 15, 2003
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