Another technique I use to try and fool the subject you wish to photograph into thinking you are actually photographing something else is a method I call Shooting the Sky.
You start by positioning yourself close to your target subject, say someone sitting on a bench outside a building. Then you start behaving as if you are photographing the upper part of the building behind them, or the sky, hence the name of the technique.
After you (appear) take your first image, lower the camera down to eye level and preview the image in your camera’s LCD screen. You might also pretend to adjust a few settings on the camera at the same time. Repeat this a few times until the subject is not paying any attention to you. At this point, when you have the camera at eye level, frame your subject and take your shot of the subject.
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