Our last assignment in photography was called "feature", but it's really more of a photojournalism section we are learning about... and the assignment was to take a picture of an event or "story" of something going on here at campus. Our instructor was like, "Just ask the person if it's alright to get their photo and get their name and any other information you might need to write the cutline."
Honestly, that part is kind of scary. But our instructor said to just say that it was for a class assignment and most people won't care. Also, she said that if you have a camera with you, people tend to comply, because it gives you some sort of importance. (Well, yeah!! Because we don't just spend a lot of money on this stuff for nothing ;P)
There wasn't that much going on here on campus this week, but I got an email yesterday that they were having this book sale. So I just walked in (still slightly apprehensive about the whole thing) and this student that I got a picture of just stood out to me, so I asked her first if I could take her picture and explained what it was for. And she was really, really easy going with it all (though she said she didn't look good... yeah right!) When I showed her the picture, she was like, "Wow, that camera makes me look good! Haha!" :) Well, that's my job :)
I must have got a great boost of confidence in taking stranger's pictures after that or something... because I was driving in town later and I saw this man (a car painter, I think) who must have stepped outside of the shop to compare the color of a paint sample in the sun. He was in his full outfit with head gear, and the sun was shining through just perfect! I was like, "Man! I want to take a picture of him!" I didn't pull over, though, but as I kept driving I started to think: "All I have to say is that I'd like to take a photo of him at work because we have an assignment in photojournalism..." I convinced myself to circle around the block and go back to take a picture of him. But he was already gone. Maybe for the best, because obviously I didn't know him! :P I'm just feeling awfully brave to take stranger's photos now. I'm definitely starting to feel like a more confident person with my camera.