One of the great things about living in Singapore is the opportunity to travel to nearby countries. When on these trips I look for people with interesting faces to photograph. Generally this means old people! Their crinkled, lined faces give wonderful depth to photographs and watery, rheumy eyes often add a sparkle to a smiling face.
I try not to rush and spend a few moments chatting to them before I take out the camera. And, if appropriate, I will always buy something from them or offer them a few dollars to say thanks.
I generally shoot these photos with a pretty shallow depth of field (somewhere between f2.8 and f4) which I hope, along with accurate focussing, draws the viewer’s attention to the subject’s eyes - the window to the soul!