Just bring out a camera and watch the reaction of people. It can be quite amusing as they quickly sort themselves into distinct groups.
I recall many years ago accompanying a professional photographer to one of the company’s industrial sites. Our goal was to get photos of workers doing regular jobs for use in the company’s communication materials.
As soon as we would enter a building, we saw the reaction of the first group. They took one look at the camera and headed for the nearest exit as though they were about to catch a fatal disease. I have family members with a similar phobia who end up in ridiculous action shots trying to hide or escape.
The rest of the workers either didn’t care or would wander over and try to appear all casual about asking questions. It was painfully obvious they wanted to be chosen as subjects. They were the posers.
I find it interesting that wildlife has exactly the same responses. Some creatures can’t beat a trail away from me fast enough while others don’t care or will go out of their way to make themselves look good. I have always been partial to the posers.
One of my favourite examples was these mountain goats who almost seemed to read my mind and pause at the best locations so I could take their shot. These posers were naturals.
And me? Generally I’m ambivalent if people want to take my photo other than thinking they must be a little hard up for quality subjects!
So what camp do you fall in?