Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Respect Your Subject

Several years ago, my friend from National Geographic, Sarah Leen, gave me some good advice on photographing people: "Respect your subjects and they will respect you."

I thought I'd share this quick tip with you because it is so very important.

I photographed this Buddhist monk in Cambodia. The respect I showed him helped me capture exactly the picture I had in my mind's eye. Basically, he let a total stranger into his life - and trusted that stranger - for a few brief minutes. I think you can see the trust in his eyes.

Explore the Light - and respect the subject,
Rick

5 comments:

Carolina Mendez said...

Hi Rick
I fully agree with the fact of respecting the subject. I always ask the person if he/she would let me take a picture and it works wonders. The people tend to cooperate so much more and feel less intimidated.
Thank you for the advise!
Carolina

Rick Sammon said...

My pleasure. Hey, I just noticed on your picture that you have your other eye shot. Best to keep both eyes open when shooting. That way, you can see what might enter the frame :-)

Becca said...

Rick,
In poor countries such as Cambodia and other in SE Asia, do you give your subjects money when you take their photo?
Becca

Rick Sammon said...

Becca...I travel with a guide and I always give money to a local school. Better than giving money individually.

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