Several recent threads have, in their own ways, discussed the issue of "increasing guts," i.e., of photographing strangers. Since this forum seems populated by many people who are interested in street photography, and many contributors seem challenged by the idea of photgraphing strangers, perhaps there could be some fruitful discussion of techniques. I shoot strangers quite often, and have found the following to be useful, in varying degrees according to the situation:<p> --Using a big, professional-looking camera so that people presume that I am supposed to be taking any pictures I like.<p>--Using a small, amateurish-looking camera so that people are less likely to notice me or to care.<p>--Shooting confidently from eye level.<p>--Shooting "from the hip."<p>The above are meant seriously...Different situations call for different approaches in order to maintain subjects' demeanors, which are probably what attracted you to them (photographically) in the first place. But a couple of other tactics seem fruitful in most all situations:<p>--Be confident. If you look like you have every right to take pics, many people will assume that you do have the right, and they will leave you alone. If you look sheepish, you're implying that even YOU think that you have done something wrong, and people will sense that.<p>If someone notices that you have taken their pic, simply smile and nod, as if to say "thanks," and move along.<p>If someone confronts you, simply explain that (in U.S., at least) you have every right to photograph anyone in public places. If the person raises a stink, suggest calling the police, who can set the bozo straight. Always remember that YOU are in the right, legally speaking, when photographing in public places.<p>Shoot lots of film and you will become more comfortable photographing strangers.<p>So, what do the rest of you do? Have you ever been confronted by an angry stranger? How do you handle it?