Don't Scare People With Your Analogue Camera


Here is a little tip for how you can politely ask people to pose in one of your photographs.

Some people, weird as it may sound, do not like it when you take their picture! That’s why it might be nice to have a little “icebreaker” to introduce yourself, Lomography and why you would want a picture of a stranger.

Awhile back I created some minicards with some of my shots on one side and a short text on the other side. This can be something like: "Thanks for let me take your picture – I think this will become a nice shot! You can find your picture on…

I experienced that people are always happy when they received one of those cards, so it´s more an exchange – I get their picture – they get a minicard!

written by eyecon on 2009-04-11 in #gear #tipster #top-tipster-techniques #ideas #streetphotography #tips #icebreaker


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Oooh this is super smart ! It's true that with our strange cameras we can experience some scared reactions... Great tip !

  2. abcdefuck
    abcdefuck ·

    nice idea. i'll try it, too. :)

  3. yoscolmi
    yoscolmi ·

    yeah! nice!

  4. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    Very smart idea! I'll surely try it!

  5. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    cool :D

  6. myriam-l
    myriam-l ·

    good idea ! when I ask people if I can take a picture, some of them obviously think that I'm a freak...

  7. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    veeery diplomatic, mate :) hoped that a true smile is enough or.... run away fast :))))

  8. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·


  9. disdis
    disdis ·

    Great idea! Last time I asked someone to pose, I got almost beaten by her friends. I showed her some pictures and she accepted but her friends didn't had the chance to see them so they tried to break my camera. Maybe this is a great option to avoid problems.

  10. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    eyecon! that's a great idea!

  11. deng
    deng ·

    I do the same as you, breakphreak.
    I do smiling when I take their pic, it always work.
    If not work, just walk away :)

  12. chuo104
    chuo104 ·

    { ^_^}Good idea!

  13. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    nice one.

  14. trincheiras
    trincheiras ·

    thats supercool :)

  15. northwardnimbus
    northwardnimbus ·

    welcoming someone to view your lomohome may turn them to make theirs too. you are a lomo ambassador indeed. great idea.

  16. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    THanks for all the nice words! A great easter to everybody!

  17. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Good one! =D

  18. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Great Idea, i,ll definitly try it out.

  19. monoflow
    monoflow ·

    wow very prepared!! :)

  20. ukaaa
    ukaaa ·

    Aww that's lovely!

  21. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    haha i try to be incognito.. but this would work better

  22. comezone
    comezone ·

    great one.. I´m gonna make some of these

  23. treehugger419
    treehugger419 ·

    Nice idea! Will definitely take note of that

  24. redbohemia
    redbohemia ·

    Great idea...must give it a go too...

  25. analogeye
    analogeye ·

    I've done this also!!! I think it adds to the moment when people get something saying "oooh, your picture will be on this website". :)

  26. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    Cool idea!

  27. crystalplett
    crystalplett ·

    This is an amazing idea!!! Good on ya!

  28. missblue
    missblue ·

    Great idea with the minicards. I just have to say one thing, I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this but the card should actually say "Thanks for letting me take you picture." You only have "let" on yours. Just a small grammar tip ^_^

  29. lolitagolightly
    lolitagolightly ·

    Just finished making mine! Thank you. :)

  30. jamielam
    jamielam ·

    nice idea, it can also break down the barriers bwtween people

  31. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    Ohh, I should try smiling. Sometimes too much "in the zone" you know?

  32. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    love this Idea! I love ask people to take them pics and I have to say I'm good at that and 70% I get positive answers. Maybe with the card I get 90%... ;).

  33. vici
    vici ·

    Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

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