As a former news reporter I know the importance of photographs to tell a story. It adds to the trustworthiness of the article and provides color to an otherwise ordinary story. However, there are times the subject (interviewee) requested for anonymity that they refuse to have their pictures taken. I have to heed to the subject’s request as a sign of respect. This simple gesture is important to develop rapport between you and the subject. It makes him (or her) open up to whatever question that may be thrown at him. If your interviewee is a musician, you can easily ask anything about his craft or the type of guitar or instrument he is good at. If ever he allows a back shot, you can request him to hold his guitar during the photo shoot. The subject will remain unidentified, but his story will tell a lot about his being a musician and his type of music.
I’m not sure what it is called but a friend is looking for this accessory that serves as clamp or something that holds the camera still while the photographer is shooting in a crowded place. I told her to look for it on the internet while I ask some photographer friends at PJI. This friend of mine is very passionate about her new-found hobby. I hope she’ll be able to produce more interesting pictures.