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
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!