#ShootersGuide -

#ShootersGuide – Cozy & Undetected.

Hey fam, Ta-ku here. Alot of people ask me how i manage to take photos of unsuspecting people when I travel. I dont tend to really think about it too much and just go out and shoot. However during my recent trip to Tokyo – i managed to articulate a few major keys or situations that help me take those candid photos of individuals who least expect it.
Ps. I also have tips on how to SnapChat like a ninja – but I’ll save that for another time.

1. Take the shot when they are deep in sleep – I really hope no-one shoots me while I sleep due to the fact of me looking like a baby hippo when I do.


2. Use reflections. Pointing the camera slightly in a different direction to get the same if not better shot is always a cozy way to get THAT heater..


3. Find the closest nerd/book worm and they will be too engrossed in what they are reading that you can shoot them till the cows come home. Just kidding about calling them nerds – i love a good read, mate.


4. Food always aids us with that perfect portrait. Not only are they oblivious to my  big head and the camera im pointing towards them. They also pull faces that one wouldn’t normally pull when eating a hot bowl of ramen. 


5. The daily grind keeps people consumed with the day to day. These make for great moments that tell many stories. A conversation with a friend face to face OR via text message.

6. This shot was taken while I was faking conversation with people I travelling with and shooting blindly with the camera near my waist. Get to know your camera and you will be able to shoot in general directions and hopefully capture that one shot you need.

  • Grady Lang

    February 3, 2016 at 4:57 am Reply

    What kind of lens is the best for this sort of thing? You’re shots are nice and personal, so would you use a 50-140mm or a telephoto of some sort to keep it close? Or maybe something with a wider angle but quicker to focus like a 35mm prime? Gotta find the best portrait lens

  • Grady Lang

    February 3, 2016 at 5:02 am Reply


    What’s the cosiest Lightroom VSCO pack for moody shots (pink and purple hues and nice cream coloured highlights, kindof like J4 on the mobile version)? Merci buckets!

  • Eddie

    February 3, 2016 at 5:44 am Reply

    Hey man. Love what u do and ur insta/website truly inspires many. Just one question wish i can get some help on, do u usually shoot in Manual in those “sneaky” situations.

    Much luv.

  • Kenny Ng

    February 3, 2016 at 8:37 am Reply

    Sweet! Gonna try this out soon!

  • Ryan Rivera

    February 5, 2016 at 1:26 am Reply

    beautiful work!

  • A. Ramos

    February 5, 2016 at 3:03 am Reply

    I really admire these ninja skills. And on your Snaps too. Looking forward to seeing more.

  • Ekhael Istafa

    February 5, 2016 at 6:52 am Reply

    anyone knows what camera does he use?

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