Approach peo ple for more engaged portraits
Get to know your subject – your shots will be all the better for it
any people think you only get natural pictures if you shoot candids, without your subject knowing. I disagree: what gives natural portraits is spending time with someone. Just a few minutes can get them to relax , and as you will have sought permission, you can
Mshoot from up close, rather than snap and dash. People will often mirror you: if you smile, they will smile back, and if you look serious they will often copy your expression.
Prepare everything on your camera before you approach someone, so you can concentrate on them. I use Continuous-servo AF (AF-C) and move the focus sensor over the subject’s eye in the frame for bitingly sharp focus. Don’t hide behind the camera: regularly move it out of the way so you can re-establish eye contact and interact with your subject. Shooting in this way is more satisfying than stealing shots and is a lot less rude!