Look for people who don't look like they are in a rush. The more relaxed they are, the easier it is to get a photo usually. Try looking for some people relaxing and reading a book, such as in a park or in a cafe. Start out with people in very populated areas. Usually people relaxing in a somewhat noisy scene are accustomed to the noise and like the presence of other people.
Tips and suggestions
Discussions in the 100 strangers group are a great resource. Here are some useful tips and suggestions from these discussions.
Choosing a stranger
Approaching a stranger
People are kinder and better then you ever think they are or expect them to be. ... I think we want to avoid making our strangers feel uncomfortable and avoid looking (or acting) like a creep.
This is what I do:
- I tell them immediately what I would like.
- I ask them if its ok to take a picture.
- Then I chat with them; sometimes i chat for 10-15 minutes( this is the key, everyone likes to talk about themselves)
- I shoot a bunch of pictures...and ask which ones they like.
- I invite them to email me if they'd like a picture (moo cards are brilliant. I have ones with my name, flickraddress, and email)