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My Street Shooting Tips

2011-07-14 19

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.

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I hope my tips are useful and do drop me a note if they work for you.

written by coolsigg on 2011-07-14 #gear #tutorials #fun #art #black-and-white #snap-shots #lca #golden-rules #xpro-chrome #top-tipster-techniques #street-shooting #lomography #lca #tipster #lc-wide

19 Comments

  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    I find shoot from hip is the best way, however the framing is not always perfect enough...<:) Nice and useful tips.....<:)

  2. _wasabi_
    _wasabi_ ·

    Fantastic article, thanks so much for this! I'm just psyching myself up to give it a go.

  3. discodrew
    discodrew ·

    Same here. I've had my camera in my bag all week and not yet been inspired enough to go out and take some pictures. I am now, thanks

  4. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    i hope I get bolder and pluck up the courage to ask someone if I can shoot them lol

  5. coolsigg
    coolsigg ·

    thanks for all your feedback and comments! glad that you find the article useful! Lomo on!

  6. marinabenito
    marinabenito ·

    i have to try shoot from hip :) good article!

  7. belletts
    belletts ·

    Shooting from the hip is my favourite tecnique too; and if you shoot from the hip in bicycle people don't even have the time to give you that angry stare!

  8. flash2424
    flash2424 ·

    Great tips! If you are using an LCA or Wide check out my neck strap article in Tipster from a few weeks back

  9. lisabegusch
    lisabegusch ·

    Thanks! Great tips :)

  10. ichiiworks
    ichiiworks ·

    thanks! this is helpful! :D

  11. olen
    olen ·

    For some weird reason some of my fave shots are from a low perspective or shot from the hip.

  12. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    great tips bro!

  13. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    big cameras are intimidating. toy cameras will be ignored and gives you natural poses

  14. 0live
    0live ·

    Give a toy camera to a kid... They get away with anything lol

  15. jiu
    jiu ·

    i like using B&W film for street capturing as well!!:)

  16. jiu
    jiu ·

    i like using B&W film for street capturing as well!!:)

  17. ja-en
    ja-en ·

    thanks for your tipster..i will try to work it out here in dubai..knowing the culture and conservative environment is quite a challenge..

  18. let-life-live
    let-life-live ·

    i love this, good job!

  19. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Need to get some more b&w-films I think! Great article! Need to try shot some street and people in my town. :)

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