On The Road; People Skills; Speak Softly And Carry A Short Lens Page 2
No matter what the people are doing when I see them, I almost always want them to keep on doing it. First, because they don’t feel they’re taking time out to pose for me and second, they understand that I’m interested in what they’re doing.
If there are children around and I get the parents’ tacit permission to photograph them, that almost always means I’ll be able to take pictures of the parents as well. In a family situation in a village, I always approach the men first, shake their hands and make personal contact. I’m letting them know I respect them and their families and I find what they’re doing interesting and want to share in it.
The most important thing is to use common sense, be comfortable and relaxed. Most people will be very cooperative and willing to help you get your photographs if you show respect and genuine interest.
Maynard Switzer’s website (www.maynardswitzer.com) features several portfolios of his travel images.
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