Although I am not particularly good at street photography, I would like to share some tips that had worked for me. I hope that my tips will be of use to you. Do drop me a note if they work!
When I was still a digital user, I would say that shooting streets is somewhat easier as I can shoot from far and remain unseen. After getting hooked on Lomo cameras, I don’t think I can capture much if I were to shoot from 10-20 meters away. Hence, I have to change my shooting style.
Tip 1: Catch them unaware.
Initially, I was shy about approaching my subject, therefore I try to catch them when they are not facing me or asleep.
After awhile, I find that my photos are lacking in interaction and punch. I remember one of the golden rules: Try the shot from the hip. I decided to give it a try.
Tip 2: Try the shot from the hip.
To do this, you probably have to be familiar with the framing of your camera and able to gauge the distance to the subject so as to be able to focus properly.
I am quite pleased with the results I had achieved. Sometimes I am caught sneaking a shot and I receive an angry stare.
Tip 3: Approach the subject and ask for permission.
As time go by and I got bolder, I began asking permission to shoot the subject. Most people are obliging and will readily agree to be shot.
Tip 4: Get as close as possible.
Last but not least, try to approach the subject as close as possible. You will be surprised by the effect one can achieve!
Tip 5: Use Black & White Film.
Somehow, black and white films give street photography a unique and raw look. It evokes a different emotion and feel that is more intense than color films.
I hope my tips are useful and do drop me a note if they work for you.