During my holiday in Korea, I did a bit of street photography, and I enjoyed it.
Photography has been my hobby for 6 or 7 years now, I have a DSLR (Canon 60D) and a compact (Samsung EX1).
For street photography, my compact is sneaky but the image quality, response time, ease of use are rather disappointing. Also it's fps is around 1, maybe 1.5, pathetic.
The way I see it is street photography can either be candid or non-candid.
When I was in Korea holding a DSLR, people are noticing me like a tiger has gone loose. I was wearing black, I removed the camera strap and concealed the camera at hip height when walking around.
I did manage to get some candid shots, but of course, I also tried the "in-your-face" method, and tried to smile my way out of trouble. This is actually my first time doing something that may be perceived as rude. However I was surprised that a smile goes a long way. Most people actually smiled right back :)
So, apart from wishing that I can afford a fullframe rangefinder, are there any tips for using a huge DSLR for street photography?
While I was happy to have attempted some non-candid shots, and in all account it was a pleasant experience, when I want to do candid shot with a DSLR, how do I :
Better conceal my camera so the subject won't be scared off?
Drive my subject's attention away from me and my camera?
What is the most effective setup so I can leave the scene before the subject even notice that I have taken a picture?
What subjects are typically less aware of their surroundings? (I find it extremely easy to shoot people playing on their smartphones, they almost never notice anything but the game on their screen)
I find it rather hard to pretend you are just a casual tourist roaming around if you have a huge DSLR in your hand. (I am from Hong Kong so the Korean couldn't always tell I am a tourist, actually.)
It seems that with my compact I could put up a clueless face and people won't tend to think "omg my face is going to be used for some weird exhibition".
I wonder if there are any well-known street-photographers who shoot with a DSLR? Or even an interview where he/she shares tips with us?