Street Photography Tips

2011-09-15 12

Street photography captures everyday moments of people that we pass by daily. It’s always interesting to see what you have captured once you have developed your rolls. Here are a few tips for those who want to explore the art of street photography.

Credits: eyecon

The idea of street photography is to catch people in candid situations and take pictures of them. Sometimes, it is better to shoot people when they aren’t aware of your presence so that you can get raw emotions from them. This is why street photography is usually done guerrilla style, where shots are done discreetly, quickly and without permission.

Here are a few tips that can help you with your street photography:

Credits: renaishashin

Know Your Intention
Since you are shooting people without their knowledge, it is best to know your intention for taking that certain shot. You might want to shoot something serious, funny or outrageous. Before shooting, know that you are invading the privacy of your subject. If the focus of the picture is quite sensitive, you might think twice about pushing the button. However, some of the best pictures are the ones that are controversial in nature. Sometimes, it is best to just shoot and not think!

Credits: rtmoratin

Dress Like a Tourist
This is for those instances where you plan to shoot in a popular tourist destination. You must blend in the crowd so that you won’t stand out and people won’t mind you while you are doing your street photography. While among the tourists, be observant and look for some interesting objects or people to shoot.

Credits: bulletofmine

Bring Someone With You
When shooting in everyday places like streets, subways and alleys, it is beneficial to bring a friend along with you to help you with your shoot. This has been one of the oldest techniques in the book. Look for a subject to shoot. Ask your friend to stand near the subject and frame your shot without your friend in it. By doing this, you can capture more candid moments since the people will not be conscious of your presence with a camera.

Credits: cheeso

Shoot From the Hip
This is one of the 10 Golden Rules and it is a big advantage if you can master this when doing street photography. Shooting without using your eyes can be quite difficult at first but you may be surprised at how good the pictures turn out from a different angle. You might want to practice a few shots first and see what angles work best.

Credits: homer

These are just tips to help you with street photography. Remember that there are no rules! Just go with your creativity. When you get used to the experience, you will see that street photography is somewhat addicting!

written by jeanmendoza on 2011-09-15 #gear #tutorials #art #street #photography #tipster #guerrilla #top-tipster-techniques

12 Comments

  1. realisticdreamer
    realisticdreamer ·

    Great! :)

  2. feezeelol
    feezeelol ·

    nice :)

  3. beni
    beni ·

    I like dress like a tourist :D

  4. francesco1
    francesco1 ·

    really helpful!!!

  5. kingt4
    kingt4 ·

    Nice refresher, thanks!

  6. jarvislomo
    jarvislomo ·

    so it's about human not concretes or any other objects thank you :-)

  7. pyromonkey333
    pyromonkey333 ·

    great tips! something else that helps is having a quiet shutter, ive shot multiple pictures of a subject sitting right next to them before without them noticing (:

  8. moon_moon
    moon_moon ·

    Good share~~~thanks!! ^^

  9. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Nice! :)

  10. ho0la
    ho0la ·

    great :D

  11. foodeanz
    foodeanz ·

    Yeah!

  12. sgurd4
    sgurd4 ·

    This is true -- "This is why street photography is usually done guerrilla style, where shots are done discreetly, quickly and without permission." :) I prefer to do street photography with a companion. So in case a person who is our subject catches us taking pictures of them and protests, we can run for it. I would have a 'partner in crime.' LOL

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