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Trying to photograph people within a country other than the one you are accustomed to can bring a whole new set of difficulties far beyond lighting, composition and frame. Here are a few tips that I've personally learned along the way which have not only inspired me to get out there and photograph more people, but also to approach new people and become more confident..
It's very important that you learn the customs of a country so as not to offend anybody when attempting to take or request their photograph. There are often many street entertainers in big cities and musicians that busk and request the odd coin or two. Don't make the mistake I did in Belgium, and request a photograph of a street performer and expect to give nothing in return! Putting a few coins of local currency their way will always be welcomed. Equally it's important to know when it's okay to take photographs, and when not. There were particu
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Check your Angles
Avoid unflattering angles, don't frame your model with their arms or legs chopped off unless it works for the image. If in doubt, fully frame them and do the chopping afterwards in post-processing! Don't forget to check that the tops of their heads and their feet are in focus. Missing feet are disconcerting!
Be the Director
As the Photographer, most people will be looking to you for direction. There's no time to be shy when you're behind the camera! Keep calm to help your model remain relaxed but make sure they're not made to feel awkward if you lack giving instruction. Pose them well, avoid direct bright sunlight and check out your background.
Eye contact...or not
Eye contact isn't always necessary, in fact candid journalistic style photographs often work best. Your subject doesn't have to be looking directly at the camera for it to be a successful shoot, but yo