The great Robert Capa once said, “If your photos aren't good enough, then you're not close enough.” But if you’re new to street photography, stepping out to the city — no matter how big or small, may seem intimidating. Approaching potential subjects or stepping into a scene can be nerve-wracking, so we thought of a few simple tips that you might find useful.
Pick a Discreet Camera
A small and compact point-and-shoot camera won’t attract too much attention, and you can easily whip it in and out of your pocket. Later on, when you become more experienced, you’ll enjoy having a handy camera that can keep up with you as you chase urban moments.
Choose a Laid-Back Spot
Getting right into the heart of action may be overwhelming at first. It's best to hang out somewhere more laid-back where you can quietly observe with your camera. A park bench or a coffee shop by the window, for example. Capture how the sunlight casts shadows on the pavement, pedestrians about to start their day, or the more subdued vibe of this part of the city.
Practice With Pets
Eventually, you’ll want to take portraits of strangers you meet on the street, especially if they exude a unique character. Try approaching people with pets and ask if you may take a picture! Pets are usually a great icebreaker, most owners (or rather, hoomans) like talking about their pets. Hopefully, this will help you become more comfortable in approaching subjects to photograph.
Go For Bright and Sunny Days
This may sound silly, but if you're shooting in daytime, you wouldn't need a tripod or flash that could potentially attract attention.
It’s a busy world out there and most people are preoccupied in their own thoughts and errands, so try not to think too much about it. Enjoy a nice stroll and capture the moments around you. Eventually, taking street snaps will be second nature to you.
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