Posted on May 13th, 2012
Street photography is an up and coming form of art that has introduced some of the most memorable photos. One can say it is a simple skill and requires very little technique; however there are a few tips to ensure quality photos in street photography.
First, you must keep in mind that street photography is capturing a moment not staged and very candid. With this in mind, it is best to consider the effects of taking a photograph would have on an unsuspecting person. Most people do not like to have their photos taken and most become uncomfortable if a strange begins taking their picture. To ensure that everything goes smoothly it is recommended that you never take your eye off the camera. In other words, scan the location taking shots and once you have captured a photo you are pleased with, continue taking photographs to let it seem like you are not just focused on one individual. It may also be best to bring along a friend as a decoy to make it seem as though you are capturing their image. If you do capture a photograph of someone and the individual seems confused or irritated with the photo, calmly approach them and be honest with your task. Hopefully this can and will detour any hard feelings someone may have.
Second, just like any photograph, experiment with different angles and aspects of your landscaping. Try carrying your camera on your hip or perhaps around your neck and taking shots as you walk or stand. Take many photographs and review them once back in your studio and don’t waste time going through them during the session.
Third, if possible shoot a subject from the front and focus on their eyes. The eyes are the souls of an individual and are the first focus that a viewer observes in a portrait.
Fourth, before beginning your session it is best t adjust your camera to appropriate settings based on the weather and lighting. Once you have completed this you may begin to take various photographs.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with this form of photography and enjoy the experience. You might be surprised at to what you can capture with a simple click of a button.