On this blog session, I’m giving you tips around street photography so you go out there and shoot like a pro.
While some tips are applicable to most photography genres, this will be delivered to you from the street photography perspective.
1. INTERACT WITH THE SUBJECT
Street photography is about people and the environment. It’s about people doing the daily activities. Whether you like it or not, You need to incorporate people to have a good story in your shots.
Therefore you may want to have an easy friendly conversation with your subject. It could help to relax the subject and make camera less intimidating to the subject.
2. BE MOBILE
One of some photographer mistakes is to carry too much. Been there done that myself. Understandably the reason behind it is to ensure the equipments are there when you need them. But… with street photography, things happen rapidly and very likely in a crowded place. Which leaves you close to no time to grab your other gear. You may not even have enough space to perform the changes as you are navigating narrow streets brushing shoulders. Stay compact is the way to go. And it’s easy to go to stealth mode when needed.
3. BE LESS INTIMIDATING
Bare in mind that the majority of people do not feel comfortable when in front of the camera, let alone having the gigantic lens pointing at them. Therefore I only carry one small body with one lense. I use a Nikon D750 and Nikkor 50mm f1.4. They are relatively small, lightweight and has minimum distortion.
As far as the best camera, it’s the one you got. It’s the man behind the gun that matters. Use your imagination and be creative!
4. BE READY
This rule applies to pretty much any genres of photography. With street photography, you may encounter people expressions, an open cooking flame, foods being prepared.
Always ensure that your camera is ready to go when things happen and use your senses to expect the unexpected. Sometimes you may want to wait and snap when that split second happens.
5. DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you already know where you’re going, find out more about photography potentials in that area. It gives you sense of what you want to capture, therefore to decide what to/not to carry while out shooting.
Find out about what the people would be like, what language do they speak, what activities you’d expected to see, is there any events or celebrations going on when you’re there, any specific landmark or unique building structure in the area.
This may seems like a lot of work and you may think that you could always go with the flow. But trust me! If you do your research, you will ended up shooting more efficiently and have less to none of ‘i didn’t see it when we’re there’ or ‘i could’ve taken that shot’.
I hope these tips really help you improving your photography skills. Feel free to drop me a message if you have any photography related questions.
In the meantime, keep smashing those shutter button!!! Ciao!