What can you do to get closer to your subject, lead, prospect, client?
There is an old saying in Photography that was coined by Robert Capa, one of the best combat photographers and photojournalists we’ve had. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
When I do street photography I mostly am running about with a fixed lens compact camera. My zoom feature is my feet. If there is a zoom feature on my compact.
I saw this band performing in a park in the Chicago Suburbs on Labor Day. Their outfits and stage presence was compelling and I really wanted a shot of them. The crowd was large, tight, and not masked. Frankly, I would expect nothing less from Naperville Illinois in the middle of the deadly Delta variant. Getting into the crowd was not only not viable, the elevation of the stage would not give me the composition I wanted. I would not be close and the shot would not be good enough.
I left the festival and started walking around the block surrounding the events. Opportunity was found. An outdoor park bench against a wall. It was a simple matter of climbing over the park bench to get over the wall behind it. A short hop off the wall and I am effectively backstage.
I knew I would not have a lot of time and limited composition choices to shoot the lead singers, but I was close enough to get what I wanted.
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