Street photography is one of the areas I enjoy - in particular photos of people - however I must admit I always hold back from taking the pictures I truly want to take because I feel nervous about taking photographs of the public.
For example, the other day I saw someone asleep on the metro so out came the camera, but I was paranoid that the guy would wake up or the passers by saying something to me. My heart was beating and the adrenaline pumping - I just took one picture and hoped for the best.
When I looked at the photo afterwards, there were so many ways I could have improved on it if I wasn't in such a hurry.
I guess I'm unsure if we're allowed to take pictures so brazenly of the public (admittedly in public places).
Has it ever happened to anyone where a member of the public has taken offence to having their picture taken?
This is a subject which has bothered me for years, and I'd love to hear peoples opinions: Is there an etiquette to street photography?
People argue hugely about what is the appropriate behaviour for street photography. Weegie used to walk up to people with a crown graphic and a flash bulb and get the shot. Others in the past were more subtle...
But, if you are calm, and act like there is nothing wrong with what you are doing, most people will not really notice you taking pictures. Occassionally, I've gotten looks, but normally people do not mind. This, however, can change drastically depending on the country and culture.
The most important point is to try to not hurt others; but, if you are careful and subtle, none should mind terribly... most of the time, anyway...
In the USA, it is legal to take pictures of people in public places, as long as in that public place there is no reasonable expectation of privacy (ie, restroom or changing area). Find out what you are comfortable with, then push yourself! Once you get past the fear, it will be tremendously fun!