How to Stop Feeling Awkward When Taking Photos Outside
Once you get past the awkward stage you will be fine
When people say that practise makes perfect, this is one of those cases. If you want to stop feeling awkward, to put it bluntly, you simply just have to go out and do it. Now, that’s not to say that it’s going to be an easy thing to do right away. Three years ago there’s no way that I would’ve even considered taking a photo outside, let alone in a public place with lots of people. But I’m getting used to it because I’ve eased myself into it. Being the centre of attention definitely isn’t one of my favourite things in the world, and going outside with a DSLR camera and props certainly attracts attention. I’ve gotten my fair share of weird looks as I march a chair and a duvet through the woods. But I can laugh them off now, because people really don’t care as much as you think! Here are the steps I’ve taken to get more comfortable with taking photos outside.
1. Start by easing yourself into it.
I’d say I’ve just gone past my easing into it stage, and now I’m starting to take photos in much more public locations. By easing into it I mean going to locations which are secluded. The two places that have previously featured a lot on my account are two areas where I never run into many people. Woods or forests are great for these, especially if you go off the paths. You will rarely run into people, and if you do, you can always wait for them to walk by if there’s not many of them!
2. If you want to go to a popular location, go early.
Of course, there’s never any guarantees that a popular location is ever going to completely deserted. In fact, it’s probably highly unlikely! But it sure does help if there’s less people around to stare at you. It does mean getting up a bit earlier and sacrificing some hours of sleep, but to get the shot you’re after it will be worth it!
3. Tell yourself that you’re never going to see any of these people again as much as you need to.
I literally still do this every time I’m at a location and see people out. Because it’s the truth! You’re literally never going to see these people again (unless your in some kind of odd serendipity movie) so you might as well do what you’re going to do.
4. Let them stare
If someone is doing something out of the ordinary (so anything other than walking in the street) then that person is going to attract attention. But deviating from the norm is a good thing. It’s what makes you different. It’s what makes you stand out. You can’t stop people from staring, so you might as well give them a show.
5. Be Yourself
If you’re doing a pose that you’re not comfortable with doing, then that uncomfortable energy is going to show in the final photo. Only do poses that you know that you’re going to be comfortable with doing. That will make for the best photo and you really won’t care who is watching.