Panama: Workshop


Are you the type of photographer that likes to be noticed or one that prefers to be a fly on the wall? I have battled (and mostly conquered) the fear of the spotlight…the fear of stares…the fear of conflict (No you can’t take photos here)…the fear of rejection.

Personally, I would not mind being invisible. Can you imagine the freedom if no one even knew you had a camera and were taking photographs? Blink your eyes and you have another image. Another decisive moment.

This is friend and photographer Tito Herrera at a photo workshop he had Vivian and I teach in Panama.

┬ęCopyright Gary S. Chapman
(Canon 5D MarkII, 35mm 1.4, 1/320 sec, f4.5, ISO 800)

6 thoughts

  1. i know. i still struggle with that. like, what will they think about me? will they hate their picture taken? will they yell at me? i always think the worst but hesitating makes you miss the moment! and then you regret that you just stood there and didn’t do anything! and its almost an even worse feeling.

  2. I heard this quote from a photographer once regarding shooting in awkward situations:

    “If it feels like you shouldn’t be there, you need to be there.”

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