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Capturing the Person

If you have been looking at the photos I've put up in the Visuals section of Tribolum, you would have noticed that there have been very few pictures of people. Places, objects…yes. People…hardly any.
It is not that I do not find great beauty in people. Truth is, I often jump in enthusiasm at seeing a person – be it child or adult – in the perfect setting, perfect lightning, <strong>perfect moment</strong>.
The dilemma is this: I find it hard to take good photos of people because I do not know the protocols. Do I ask the person for permission, or do I wait till I have the ultra-huge zoom lens and snap away from a distance? I want to capture the person. The essence and the being.
Photographer Dan Heller wrote this great <a href="http://www.danheller.com/tech-tourism.html">piece</a> of people-photography on his <a href="http://www.danheller.com">website</a>.
<blockquote><strong>Get out of Tourist Mode</strong>
To take a picture of someone, you need to make that human connection. To make a good picture, you need to establish a rapport. Be interested in them. Show your interest. Communicate with them. You're not hunting animals with a gun, you're taking pictures of people. You can hide and shoot, and try to get candids. I do that too; see my photos of People Kissing in Public for examples. But, if you want to work with the person, you need to care about them.
– Dan Heller</blockquote>
It is clear that in our chronicling, we see the beauty but sometimes forget the life behind a living being. The subject is so much greater than our lenses can ever capture.

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