Taking a photo of someone without their permission can be nerve wracking, especially if you’re just starting out. It took me quite some time before I got reasonably comfortable pointing my camera at people, clicking the shutter and simply walking away without saying anything, although I usually always say hi or thank you upon taking a photo.
There was always a sense of fear present and many “what if” type scenarios floating around in my head as I practiced. Several months into my street photography adventure those feelings began to subside and I was far more comfortable and at ease. I noticed that most people simply don’t care. If they are curious they’ll say so and ask what I’m doing. Of course, there are those who will try and be intimidating, threatening and at times violent, but these occurrences are few and far between (I’ve never had anyone become so aggressive that I felt my life was in immediate danger).
Bottom line, shooting candidly can generate some
interesting expressions, encounters and hopefully some unique images!