Street Photography Tips, Techniques and Inspirations

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Photographing people on the street is a challenge. Here we are giving some tips and techniques those will really helpful for who want to develop their skills in Street Photography.

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Photo Credit : Andrew / Cuba Gallery

Know Your Equipment

Whatever camera you use, you must know your equipment thoroughly. You need to have a mind map of your camera. You must now waste time struggling with the exposure dials – It must be part of your sub-conscious. You must be able to adjust the camera’s setting without removing your eye from the view finder. The only way to master this is to practice.

Check your local listings

Street Photography is not just about shooting on the streets. Anything you shoot in any public place comes under Street Photography. Check your local newspaper everyday and list out the events and incidents happening around you. Select your interesting topic or event and go there. The advantage of listings is there are always interesting photographs you can shoot.

Keep Moving

When we are shooting in streets, the subject will not appear in front of our camera. We need to search for interesting actions or subjects; if you sit in one place the possibilities are very less. Keep walking around the streets which you have selected to shoot.

Always Be Ready

Don’t relax. Always be ready with your camera to shoot. The people will always move around you. If you miss the action, it will not come again. So be ready to take a photo.

Get Close

If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. We can apply this quote while we are capturing portraits of people. Get close and capture the detailed photos.

Be Respectful

Be polite and respect with people in streets. If somebody doesn’t want to take their photos, leave it. Don’t argue with them. If some people want to see their pictures in your camera, show them they feel really happy about that.

Watch Your Backgrounds

What’s going on behind your subject is really matters. Most of the time the backgrounds will add special attraction for your photo, but sometimes the background will distract. Choose the background wisely.

Use Natural Light

The light is very important for all genres of photography. Use natural light as much as possible – early morning and late evening are the best time to shoot.

Don’t shoot more, but think more

The problem with digital is that everyone goes shooting multiple frames without bothering to think or compose. Before you shoot, study the place and people which you want to capture. For example the light fall, people actions, framings etc. The quality is very important than quantity.

Interact with your subject

Talking to people is something one must always do. Steal a moment and shoot your image without being conspicuous – but then go ahead and talk to the person you just shot. Sometimes, it is better to interacting first, especially while shooting portraits. You may choose to talk, or sometimes a smile of acknowledgement is enough.

Take up Self-Assignments

It is useful to take up self-assignments. This helps you focus on particular topic of your choice and is the first step towards building a body of work or a photo essay. Assignments help you streamline your thoughts and work towards a particular style.

Its more than just shooting the Streets

There is a lot more to street photography. You can use it as a method of documentation or to study a particular culture. Alternatively, highlight social issues, or concentrate on humor. Do not restrict yourself to any strict definitions of street photography. The world is yours. Go and Explore.

Street Photography Inspiring Examples

Let Me Kiss You Now - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Donato Buccella

 Street Photography
Photo Credit : Rufus Mangrove

Hongkong People - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Markus Hartel

Fourward - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Faisal Almalki

Street Photography
Photo Credit : Hemalatha Narayanappa

Leisure time - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Martin Teschner

Dispensary, Kolkata - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Marji Lang

Red - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Lukas Vasilikos

Romance in the Rain - Street Photography
Photo Credit : James Yeung

Fun, Mamallapuram - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Marji Lang

Late afternoon - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Marvin Greenbaum

Street Photography
Photo Credit : Markus Hartel

The bookshop - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Davide D’Ambra

Street Photography
Photo Credit : Corrado Chiozzi

Street Scene. Old City. Ahmedabad - Street Photography
Photo Credit : Siddharth Dasari

Street Photography
Photo Credit : Tatsuo Suzuki

Street Photography
Photo Credit : Sagi Kortler

Street Photography
Photo Credit : Sagi Kortler

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Comments

  1. Dee.. says:

    Creative and awesome as usual :)
    Dee..

  2. Jurek says:

    Awesome… Great Tips.

  3. Meghana says:

    Amazing post Venkat….
    Love it. Thanks.

  4. Sudharshun says:

    superb

  5. vinoth kannan says:

    very very nice chapter to useful for the street photographers thanks a lot to share this great work

  6. Sarah says:

    This is a great write up, with some great shots to go along with it. I will share it for sure. I am a photography student at Santa Fe University and I’m thinking I should start a photography blog as well, instead of just using Flickr and Facebook.

  7. Benedict Toh says:

    First class shots and very practical tips on stret photography

  8. Mayank says:

    Giving credit to photographers would be appreciated. Some very mediocre with some good shots.

  9. Anna says:

    I think examples that were chosen should’ve been credited – some of the photographs are very inspiring and I would like to know the name of the person and get acquainted more with their work.

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