Newbie here... Anyone else here HATE having to pose people?

1 month 3 weeks ago #739223 by kaneki83
I like candid photos. I like to just be in the middle of everything and get photos as it's happening. If I happen to miss something then I'll ask someone to just do it again, no problem. But I HATE posing people for photos.
Partially because it's just hard to get the vision across so I end up having to physically put people where I need them to be and I don't like disrupting personal space lmao (social anxiety is a pain in the butt) but mainly because then people tend to overthink it (understandably so, I am the same way) and the photos don't seem as natural and... immersive?
Are candid photographers a thing? I would love to be able to bring this hobby to a side hustle level but I never really try to pursue it for this reason.


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1 month 3 weeks ago - 1 month 3 weeks ago #739256 by TCav
When I was a kid, my parents took my sister and I on camping trips. When we'd stop at scenic overlooks, etc., my sister and I would run off to play with the other kids, but my mother would  always call us back to pose in front of the overlook while she struggled to compose a photo with her Argus Argoflex TLR. Being posed always took the fun out of those trips.

Everything I shoot is candid for exactly that reason.

If I see someone posing in my viewfinder, I put the camera down and turn away.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #739380 by CanonKid
Not my favorite thing about photography, but I wouldn't say I don't enjoy it.  I tolerate it would be better representation.  

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1 month 3 weeks ago #739392 by icepics
I've done sports and events, candid shots because it's recording images of what's happening.

I was somewhat self conscious at first coming out thru the tunnel and heads would turn... a minor pro crowd anywhere from a few to several thousand (not that many at once at one end of the arena though!). It took getting used to it. And after they'd look they seem to realize I'm not as interesting as the game. Except for kids and drunks who'd wave and I'd take their picture (of the kids at least, the drunks probably didn't know the difference! lol) since the team needed crowd shots for marketing.

Just out and about taking pictures I've had people look at me, look up and around, obviously couldn't figure out what I was photographing... Sometimes they'd ask, or not; I might nod or smile or say hi or chat a minute. I think often being a photographer involves interacting with people.

I don't really see a need to pose people if you're not doing portaits. Think about what you could say if approached, honestly in a friendly way seems the best (for me at least). Tell them that you don't do portraits, etc. Why would you take their photo if you're not providing photos to them? I don't see a need really. But you probably need to figure out if you want to learn posing (which might help if you want to do portraits eventually, to learn techniques that pro/portrait photographers use.)

Or if you enjoy candids I found it took learning and lots of practice. Lots. Then develop a professional quality portfolio, and look for opportunities. For me it started as the right person seeing my photos because I wasn't even looking for an opportunity! But when asked, I thought why not? I was going to the games anyway and I loved it.
 

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