Fiddling with your Knobs


This is a great way to get you and your camera close to the subject and the technique is simplicity itself. All you need to do is to appear to be adjusting a dial, knob or setting on the camera while at the same time pointing the camera in the direction of the quarry and pressing the shutter release.

What is important is not to look at, or make eye contact, with your target. That tends to give the game away. You should be looking at the knobs, dials or whatever you are supposedly fiddling with, or adjusting on the camera itself.

This technique works well with my Panasonic Lumix G6, which has an adjustable rear LCD screen that can be swung to the side and inclined at an angle so that I can see what the camera is pointing towards but only the thin edge of the screen is visible to the target.

Of course, camera settings need to be considered beforehand as you will not be able to do anything other than press the shutter. I’ve had considerible success with this method by leaving the Panasonic Lumix G6 on P mode and letting the camera sort everything out, though it is important to avoid too much haste when pressing the shutter, pressing gently at first to allow the camera to focus and do its stuff with exposure settings, before completing the shutter press.

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