This article was published on theCITY magazine Feb 2013 edition
The Law of Kuwait prohibits taking pictures of people in public places without their notion, but allows photography in public events and celebrations, or places in which a person is expected to be vulnerable to photographers’s cameras. So, we find that national holidays in Kuwait must not be missed out as a chance to practice event and street photography, which is based on documenting physical expressions and emotions.
One of the most important tips for a successful photo-shoot is to take as much photographs as you can. Get close to the people and show their faces, or choose a telephoto lens for closeup shots. Also, take multiple shots of the same scene to ensure that you get the best moment. People often welcome photographers and deliberately draw their attention during these events, so always be ready.
Despite the willingness of people to be observed, it must be taken into account that women may not welcome having their pictures taken of them nor of their children. Allude to be authorized either by a smile, salute or simply by waving your camera. Furthermore, choosing a high visibility vest shows that you are a trustworthy photographer and encourages the public to interact happily with your camera. Remember, look behind your back because the best shot might be happening over there!
Documenting the national holidays will be incomplete if you don’t take some shots of the buildings which compete with each other in decorations and splendid illuminations. Maybe you’ll have to get a prior written authorization to shoot some of them, such as banks, stock exchange and government buildings. Photographers are often stopped by security guards. But, above this frustrating fact, they usually get the most beautiful footage of the cityscape during this season. Perhaps you should accompany some pros to learn where you can find the perfect locations if this is your first time shooting.
Finally, you don’t have to worry, because you will get so many photographs which will leave you puzzled of what are you going to do with all of them at the end of the celebrations.
Happy National Holidays my beloved Kuwait.