Street photography is continuously becoming popular among photographers who like to go for an adventure within the city. It is basically a form of photography where a photographer takes candid shots not only on streets but in any place with the goal of achieving pictures that depict real human situations. You will be amazed to see street photographs that look so genuine and striking. The photos can be as remarkable as the images produced by professionals who are into natural wedding photography.
An awesome street photo is something that does not only draw the attention of viewers but will also make them feel that they are in the exact place and situation. It can capture the real emotions and expressions of people without having to make them pose for the camera.
Now, for beginner photographers who want to learn more about street photography, here are 4 important things that you need to know about this form of photography.
Take your time, slow down
Always remember that your canvass is the whole street or area you are in and everything within your sight can be your subject. No need to rush too much or take photos too fast. Look around you first and observe which of the things you see can be great subjects to shoot pictures of. It is up to you on which to focus and recognize which one can help you achieve the pictures you want. Just walk around in your normal walking pace with a camera ready at hand. Stop and take pictures when you see something interesting to photograph.
There is a right time for everything, just wait
Doing street photography is a little bit complicated than others may think of. Since you have no exact subject in mind as you walk along the street, there are instances that you cannot find the subject that can give you the street images you desire. Thus, it is important for you to be patient and learn to wait. If there is a particular person that you regularly see and you want to take a picture of him or her, then you can position yourself on a specific spot where your subject normally walks or passes by. Be patient, wait and then take shots once you see him/her. There is a right time for everything. If you cannot take pictures of your subject today, then try again tomorrow or the next day.
Choose between asking permission or not
Normally, a street photographer doesn’t ask permission from his/her chosen subject but then, the decision to ask or not to will totally depend on whether you think it is necessary or not. You need to respect the privacy of others and if you think they may not like it then don’t take pictures or ask permission first. Keep in mind that when shooting in the streets, you need to consider the feelings of your subjects and think first before you click.
A lighter camera is more suitable to bring
There are advanced point and shoot cameras that street photographers now consider buying because of its light size yet wonderful features. You can still produce sharp images with this kind of camera and you don’t have to worry about walking all day long with a heavy DSLR. Of course the choice still depends on you, it carrying a DSLR won’t be a hassle then well you can use one in taking street pictures.