5 Street Photography Tips from the Experts

By: Ana Margarita Olar| Fotograpiya.com

Street photography is a challenging venture but the questions and ethics involved in capturing the action on the streets was in question.

So here are some pro to explain how they approach people, their opinion about asking permission and other street photography tips:

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Roger Tooth-Head of Photography for “The Guardian”- “Being on the street, people shouldn’t expect to have privacy but I think it’s polite to ask before you take a portrait of someone. Most street snappers wouldn’t ask but working for “The Guardian” I think the photographer has to be a bit more mindful of people’s reactions to having their pictures actually published.”

Matt Stuart-photographer/professional skateboarder/blogger-“Plan a street photography route, a place where most people go and pavements that are wide so there’s more room to work. Also, you have to know when NOT to take photos. It’s important to decide whether the photo is worth taking, or if it’s worth the hassle.”

Scott Schuman of “The Sartorialist”- “If it is fashion week, people expect to be shot so you don’t always ask. But, their clothes have less element of surprise since they have started packaging themselves. What makes a great shot isn’t what they are wearing- it’s the light, their expression, how sexy they look. Now, if I will shoot on everyday people, I always ask permission. I like having that engagement with people although I might ask them to look away or to take their photo from a different angle.”

Nick Turpin- founder of “In-public” an international street photography group/street photographer for VW, SONY, and IBM- “The best street photographs are moments, a happening that you didn’t see coming. Concentrate on a small section of a street or a corner because that’s where great actions happen. Also, put yourself in a place where there are plenty of people about to be able to get a good street picture.”

Hannah Almasi-fashion news and features editor at Grazia-“Being photographed at fashion week is to be expected because people dress for that purpose. I’m not sure whether it’s a fair game or not. But in that event, it’s competitive and some photographers will stop at nothing to get a shot of fashion icons, so most of us have been slammed to the pavement or a giant digital camera swung at our heads. I think photography do’s and don’ts are redundant because one woman’s don’t is another woman’s do.”

Every photographer street photographer has their own style and techniques. And you have to be bold and try experimenting to find out which technique will suit you best.