Be less intimidating

It also involves how photojournalists handle and introduce themselves with their cameras.

In some cases, however, carrying a camera around can communicate that you are a journalist and thus enable you to gain access to shoot.

Mukwazhi: It depends on the territory that one operates in, as these determine whether you want to be conspicuous or not.

Some photojournalists feel that holding a camera in one’s face is similar to the position of a sniper holding a gun, and thus could intimidate their subjects. If your subject feels threatened by the camera, that means that there is something wrong in that relationship.

Hanging the camera around the neck can easily scare away people who do not know your intention or why you are carrying a camera.

However, when I am granted access to photograph the person and start shooting, I keep some images of them that I have shot in my Compact Flash card to show people who approach me when I am shooting.

Oftentimes, I shoot my subjects in public spaces where they work, so some people might approach me when I am shooting and demand to know what I am doing.

It’s unlike when you are all out with your full gear and people identify you as the press.

Showing your subjects some of your pictures can make them better understand what you are all about.

Tsvangirayi: The best method is to communicate with your subjects and let them know what you are doing.

If they are not comfortable, then don’t force it; move on.

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