Street Photography has always been a great sensation, compared to other genres of photography. It provides ease for any beginner into photography, further one need not study too much or invest in costlier equipment when it comes to Street Photography. The moment you step out of your house and then on anything you shoot is what we call Street Photography. But how does a beginner or even a pro shooter enhance his street skills to go beyond what he/she has already achieved.
Here in this article, we have cornered 5 classical categories to analyze further into Street Photography.
#1 Analyze the Scene
Once you step out of your comfort zone and push yourself on the streets, its high time you start analyzing the scene, listen to the streets, note the characters, and watch out for the moment which will remain forever as a photograph with you.
Analyzing is close to meditating and on the streets with your camera in hand, it has to go one step beyond. Look like a hawk, premeditate few circumstances & do not panic if you failed in the attempt, there are always better actions always happening around, just open your eyes. This is seeing more of the familiar actions which we have always loved, capturing those unique stellar moments coincidentally or pre-assuming them, and nailing the shot would be a fantastic experience for a street photographer.
#2 Calculate the Light
You are on the scene analyzing and everything, a scene can only get better with ample light. Those misty light haze, penetrating into the streets like a Ho Fan’s photograph or some absorbing shadows creating wonderful drama. A street photographer should know which side of the alley he/she is supposed to be depending on the time or direction of the sunlight.
You will be disappointed indirectly shooting at the sunlight with the characters all swept away by some unwanted silhouette’s The more you fail in this technique the more you tend to learn how to handle light. This becomes more important than any other technique because the light is everything one can get a wonderful photograph just shooting light and nothing else really matters, and one can become a mediocre even with having every wonderful aspect without proper light. So calculate the light.
#3 Follow your Instinct
Taming your Instincts would definitely be a haunting task, to simplify matters on how to follow your instinct and get awards from it. Frankly, there is no rule for it, a premeditative mood with a strong mind, you smell an incident around the corner or you just wait for the right thing to happen inside your frame. The more you wait the more chances for your Instinct to become true, at times the results can even surprise you with something more than you have been waiting for. Instincts are more of a lucky factor, being there at the right place at the right time favors more than luck. So just be there and let your instincts follow some miracles.
#4 Look for Shapes
Shapes are like sweet spots on a photograph. It makes anybody to easily understand and then remember them. So hunt for shapes, compose them perfectly with your subjects, and some wonderful light. When capturing shapes do not make it puzzled, when allowed to relax not many would love to solve a puzzle. It would be boring and taking up more space for a viewer, hence keep your frames simple, catchy, and wait for the right moment to press the shutter. A little study on shapes and geometry can enhance your skills better, watch out for some interesting shadows too.
#5 Need for Speed
When you have everything in hand, time becomes the last weapon for you. The time to react, the speed for everything, the raw pace. Without this every other aspect would go in vain, the scene might dissolve, the light would fade off, your subjects will vanish. It is very important for any street photographer to react in time. Never miss a moment, that said it doesn’t mean one needs to worry about the missed opportunity, the focus, composition, and timing with the perfect camera setting all this should come naturally. Yes, the more you practice the more it gets perfect. It is not about the number of fps you got in your camera, definitely, that is a good feature but knowing when to use such a great weapon depends totally on the street photographer.
Keep Stepping out and Keep Clicking. The Environment you shoot will teach you a lot more than this article.
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Stunning Tutorial. Great work guys.. Keep inspiring us.
Very Nice tips. Great pics too.
This is one impressiv collection of photos. Thanks for the inspiration.
The best form to enjoy the street photography. Congrats..!!
Sorry, but light is not everything! As HCB said, it is like perfume. If everything else is garbage, the image is a bore.