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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

34 comments

  1. stouf

    stouf

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

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  2. abcdefuck

    abcdefuck

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

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  3. yoscolmi

    yoscolmi

    yeah! nice!

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  4. grenoouille

    grenoouille

    Very smart idea! I'll surely try it!

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  5. paper_doll

    paper_doll

    cool :D

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  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...

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  7. breakphreak

    breakphreak

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

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  8. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    lovely

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  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.

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  10. superlighter

    superlighter

    eyecon! that's a great idea!

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  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 :)

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  12. chuo104

    chuo104

    { ^_^}Good idea!

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  13. kirri-joy

    kirri-joy

    nice one.

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  14. trincheiras

    trincheiras

    thats supercool :)

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  15. northwardnimbus

    northwardnimbus

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

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  16. eyecon

    eyecon

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

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  17. maxpinckers

    maxpinckers

    great idea definitely!

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  18. anarchy

    anarchy

    Good one! =D

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  19. deff1

    deff1

    Great Idea, i,ll definitly try it out.

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  20. monoflow

    monoflow

    wow very prepared!! :)

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  21. ukaaa

    ukaaa

    Aww that's lovely!

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  22. maddyoulook

    maddyoulook

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

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  23. comezone

    comezone

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

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  24. treehugger419

    treehugger419

    Nice idea! Will definitely take note of that

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  25. redbohemia

    redbohemia

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

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  26. 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". :)

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  27. zoe191

    zoe191

    Cool idea!

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  28. crystalplett

    crystalplett

    This is an amazing idea!!! Good on ya!
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  29. 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 ^_^
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  30. lolitagolightly

    lolitagolightly

    Just finished making mine! Thank you. :)
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  31. jamielam

    jamielam

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

    pangmark

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

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  33. 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%... ;).

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  34. vici

    vici

    Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam

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