I came up with the shot of today in reply to the first shot displayed in the UK street photographer Iesha's recent post. If you're new to street photography and have done lots of shots of people's back, here are the lamest tips of the year from me on how to snap shots with people looking right into the lens:
1) choose a scene, wait for people passing by or walking towards you and then hold up your camera to shoot all of a sudden. Snap fast. Curiosity will cause one or two to look at you for a split of a second; or
2) In relation to (1), you can do so while on the move; or
3) whether on the move or being stationary, hold up your camera to frame a shot without pressing the shutter release, and snap the shot only when the right person looks into the lens; or
4) go up to your subject and ask for permission to shoot. Put on a friendly grin and don't try to look cool. Try this. Big fun you will enjoy!