I’ve been passionate about this topic for around 8 years and i held multiple training’s on photography.
For an European training that i held, i developed a peer-learning method called “PhotoHunt” with the aim of teaching people how to make good photos in an interactive way , and learn from their peers, instead of having to rely on an “expert” who would tell them what they should or should not do. http://asirys.blogspot.md/2013/12/youth-fotovideotek-post-project-feedback.html
I prefer to make portrait photos of people when they don`t know that they are being photographed.
When you know that somebody will take a photo of you, in your mind you have a mental process running trying to figure out how to look your best: “Do i look good, i should smile, fuck, now i am smiling too much, now too little, fuck. My hair doesn’t look good, etc” All of these mental processes will make the person look unnatural.
I am doing now a experiment where i do B/W photos in clubs, without using the flash, with a tele objective to take long distance photos, so that the end result will be a person in their natural state. You can discover some of the photos i took on this forgotten Facebook page :