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Do you want to take street por­traits, but are too afraid to ap­proach peo­ple? James Ar­taius has come up with an en­ter­tain­ing game to make it eas­ier

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Afraid to ask strangers for a street por­trait? We show you how!

Ev­ery­one who loves street pho­tog­ra­phy knows the feel­ing: you see some­one with a great face or a funky out­fit and you’d love to take their por­trait, but you can’t sum­mon the courage to ask.

The fear of be­ing told “no” is enough to put any­one off ask­ing for a pic­ture. Here’s the funny thing, though: when you ap­proach peo­ple in the street, you find that far more of them ac­tu­ally say “yes”. In fact, so many say “yes” that it’s ac­tu­ally harder to find peo­ple who say “No”.

So try play­ing our game, Just Say No. The rules are sim­ple: in­stead of try­ing to find peo­ple to agree to have their pic­ture taken, the aim is to find peo­ple who turn you down. The game is only over when you’ve suc­cess­fully asked five peo­ple who said “no”… by which time you’ll have dozens of shots of all the kind folks that have said “yes” to you.

This will show you just how will­ing peo­ple are to have their pic­ture taken, and give you the con­fi­dence to ap­proach strangers be­cause you want them to say no – so be­ing turned down won’t make you ner­vous! Try play­ing with a friend and see who’s the first to get five “no”s – we’re pretty sure you’ll be shoot­ing all day.

So go out and ask to take peo­ple’s pic­tures. You’ll find that they don’t “just say no” – more of­ten than not, they say yes!

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