Telephoto Is For Cowards

Telephoto Is For Cowards, maybe so, but it’s a brave soul who’ll go up to some of the people I see on the street and take their photo! Mark linked to the Photographers Rights pamphlet but it applies mostly to the USA. Things are different enough in Europe that it would confuse matters.
(Via a long thread on STF)

The fact is, real photographers don’t shoot candids with telephoto lenses.
One pervasive image of the photographer is the celebrity-stalking paparazzi, the sleazy PI on Cheaters, and the creepy old guy in the trenchoat in the woods by the playground, all of whom wield big black cameras and three-foot-long lenses. This is the image of the photographer as stalker: someone who sees us from a long way off without us seeing him; who steals our picture without our knowledge, for some sinister purpose or other.

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[…] I hate confrontation. Taking photos of people requires that you interact with them. They’re probably strangers so the first impression they get of you is very important. Some can pull it off, some thrive on it. It tires me so I prefer to be a coward and use my zoom lens. Here’s a hint for any shy street photographers: Wrap the camera strap around your arm, and twirl it around to get rid of the the remaining slack. You can now hold your camera securely in your hand. If you do it right, it’s possible to face the camera forward with your finger or thumb on the shutter button. This photo and many others posted here were taken this way. Sneaky? Possibly. Morally objectionable? Not at all. I rely on my own judgement as to what I publish online or photograph so I consider that the method doesn’t matter. […]

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