Perhaps if you're a blogger or a shutterbug like me, you are already aware of this especially when you kneel, climb a tree, or even lay down the floor to get the best angle or shot that will satisfy your artistic tendencies.
Note: Some of these don't apply when you're hired as a photographer because apparently, people will look at you. They will even chase you. ;)
1. Ignore.This is probably what most of you will do. No doubt, because it's the easiest and no-brainer way to handle it. This is also what I do most of the time especially when I'm not in the zone to start a conversation or when I really, really want to concentrate. I just put on my "do not disturb, semi-blank face" then voila, people just step back and go away.
It's also somehow human nature - do your own thing and I'll do mine. As long as you are not disturbing anyone or you are not causing a mess, then for sure, it's fine to take photos.
2. Reciprocate.It's a simple idea of "you stare at me, then I stare at you too!" How many times have you actually done that? I don't really maintain eye contact with strangers but in cases when they look at you as if you're some crazy shizz, then look at them too. I just hope you're sending the right signal (ala mental telepathy). You know what I mean. Ha!
So in this scenario, I stare for just a few seconds then break away. Don't stare too long! You don't have time for that. Remember you're taking photos; not attempting to win a staring game.
In this case, flash your big bright smile. Then shoot again. End of story.
4. Invite.Sometimes I take photos and just that. Other times, I take photos and interview people (like Humans of New York) but I very rarely do this because I fear that I might ask something they won't like especially when my sensitivity skills are at the lowest point of the spectrum. So to make sure I don't offend anyone, I tend to just take a photo and imagine the story behind it. By the way, that's just me. You might have much better people skills than I.
Okay, so if you're someone who want to start a conversation all the time then invite that person staring at you. When I say "invite" here, I mean invite people to be your model or your subject. You can even choreograph. If they agree, then good. If not, then it's still good.
5. Walk away.
This also rarely happens because I usually challenge myself to jump out of my comfort zone. But as I said, there are times when it's easier to just leave. You know we're just humans. We feel that too.
Anything you want to add? Feel free to share in the comments section below! I'd love to hear what techniques you have!