Cool Street Photography Techniques

By Ana Margarita Olar | Fotograpiya.com |

The streets are filled with untold stories, drama, action, different emotions, and scenery, all of which can be captured by a tricky street photographer. Here are some street photography techniques that you could try:

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE # 1: LOCATION AND TIMING

  • Plan your route. Have a list of streets that you’re interested in capturing.
  • Don’t try to capture an image of the whole city. Just focus on one section of the street.
  • A good light can enhance and add an effect to an image. Try to shoot early in the morning or during sunset.
  • Choose a crowded place where any event is most likely to happen. Hang around and always be ready with your camera.

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE # 2: SUBJECT

  • Smile and interact with people around. This will help you relax and be comfortable with your environment.
  • Be respectful and ask for permission whenever there’s a chance. When shooting a delicate scene, decide whether your photo will just reflect a real life situation or if it would exploit your subject.
  • Look for juxtaposition: two subjects, or a subject and a background with contrasting effects.
  • Determine when not to shoot. Discern whether a scene is worth taking or not. People fighting, a drug deals, exposed private parts. These subjects may be tempting for you to be photographed but ask yourself if it’s worth the trouble you might get into.

 

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE # 3: CAMERA

  • Always carry your camera. Anything can happen on the streets at any time. You must always be ready to take the shot.
  • Carry extra memory card or film with you. A good photo is not taken with a single shot. Often times you have to shoot many photos at different angles. Also, save yourself from being frustrated when an action is bound to happen but you are out of memory.
  • Use a wide angled lens and get close to the subject. Use of zooming lens may make your subjects feel awkward as if you are stalking them.

 

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE # 4: THE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Be discreet. Wear dark colored clothes, have the camera set, keep elbows in while shooting, and learn to shoot fast. These actions will save you from getting any unwanted attention.
  • Shoot while there is a distraction so people won’t notice that you have their pictures taken.
  • Enhance your learning and inspiration by reading photography books and portfolios. Do not delete or throw away you “not so good” shots. Your pictures may have not captured your intended subject but if you look at different angle, you may have captured something else that’s more interesting.
  • And lastly, just shoot, do not hesitate and show the world the stories that your pictures will tell.