Ask Permission To Get In Close. It’s Much Better Than Trying To Shoot People Farther Away
Following on from the tip regarding using your feet to zoom in rather than than using your camera’s zoom, take a deep breath and approach people to ask if you can move closer to take a shot.
Now and then you may get rejected and that’s fine, just ask someone else! You may be surprised at how many people are quite OK with having their photo taken in public.
Of course it is easier at a family or work function where you may already have an excuse to make the approach but don’t sit back on the fringes just because you are not in that situation.
You never know unless you ask!
Make Sure The Subject Is Big Enough In The Frame And Think About What The Subject Will Do Next
And again in following along this same thread… think about your composition.
It is very easy to get into the habit of both zooming out and positioning yourself way back when faced with moving targets.
In fact it is quite understandable why people do that. However the results you will get from shots taken that way will always be figures or faces lost in a wide sea of “background” and becuase of the distance seem impersonal… detached.
Move in closer and take a little time to observe what kinds of movements are likely to take place within the action you are viewing.
Practice anticipating the action and getting your shots off fast and above all take a lot of shots.