Would random people feel more comfortable photograph if the Photographer uses a smartphone?

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John Fantastic Regular Member • Posts: 128
Would random people feel more comfortable photograph if the Photographer uses a smartphone?

I have noticed that people stare at me some of them angry looks when I shoot street photography with my DSLR, but they don't seem to notice or care if i use my smartphone. Do you guys have the same experience?

Lars Luciano Veteran Member • Posts: 3,485
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Because general society is using phones people are getting used to them and bigger cameras are getting the dinosaurs status - maybe you are wright.

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OP John Fantastic Regular Member • Posts: 128
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Even in the malls, security people seem to be bothered by photographers with a DSLR or a "large camera" than by cellphones.

Stevan G Contributing Member • Posts: 623
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just get P1000 and they won't even see you

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Re: Would random people feel more comfortable photograph if the Photographer uses a smartphone?

John Fantastic wrote:

I have noticed that people stare at me some of them angry looks when I shoot street photography with my DSLR, but they don't seem to notice or care if i use my smartphone.

Most younger people have NEVER seen a DSLR—maybe they think it's some kind of weapon. Many older people think that taking a photo, of someone you do NOT know, is impolite.

With many people always having their phone in their hand, instead of their pocket, it's hard to tell if they are texting or playing Packman Go. Also with both front and back cameras, many may assume that you are taking a selfie.

Lars Luciano Veteran Member • Posts: 3,485
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Stevan G wrote:

just get P1000 and they won't even see you

And just carry 1.5kg with you 😉

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Stevan G Contributing Member • Posts: 623
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Lars Luciano wrote:

Stevan G wrote:

just get P1000 and they won't even see you

And just carry 1.5kg with you 😉

I carry it around my neck for hours withot any problem, DSLRs also aren't light, especially with zoom lenses.

Lars Luciano Veteran Member • Posts: 3,485
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Stevan G wrote:

Lars Luciano wrote:

Stevan G wrote:

just get P1000 and they won't even see you

And just carry 1.5kg with you 😉

I carry it around my neck for hours withot any problem, DSLRs also aren't light, especially with zoom lenses.

I respect other people's opinions but for me big gear with low image quality is a no go for several years now. But I do know cameras like P1000 can get you really close and are able to get interesting shots. But we are getting off the main topic here (off the original post). Greetings

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Jimmy K.
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John Fantastic wrote:

Even in the malls, security people seem to be bothered by photographers with a DSLR or a "large camera" than by cellphones.

Because most of cell phone camera users are taking selfies, rather than taking photos of others 

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OP John Fantastic Regular Member • Posts: 128
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Jimmy K. wrote:

John Fantastic wrote:

Even in the malls, security people seem to be bothered by photographers with a DSLR or a "large camera" than by cellphones.

Because most of cell phone camera users are taking selfies, rather than taking photos of others

+1 Agree Jimmy K.

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I’ve found this cuts both ways. Sometimes its great to be a fly on the wall with a camera phone. Other times a dedicated camera grants a certain amount of gravitas to the bearer and it can lead to conversations, access and photographs that couldn’t have been made by the anonymous smartphone shooter. Both are effective tools for what they are, and both have a place in my quiver.

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Drzewoid Regular Member • Posts: 377
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In my opinion people don't like when random person taking photos of them - worst choice is dlsr or any professional camera, phone is not perfect too - all people see this clear. From my observations the best device to taking photos and be invisible is Sony RX0 - it's fast, extremely small and almost nobody see when you take photos 

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