20 Tips in Street Photography – from the net – James Allan

  • Less is More – don’t take too much equipment and travel light.
  • Off the Beaten Track – try to get ‘behind the scenes’ and ‘real life’ scenes.
  • Stolen Moments – anticipate moments between people—get ready before the action happens.
  • True Colours – be on the look out for interesting colours / textures. (Also try black and white to reduce clutter)
  • In the Background – what’s going on behind your subject can actually ‘make’ the shot. Eg Billboards, signs, graffiti.
  • Dare to Go Diagonal – don’t just hold your camera horizontally – experiment with angles.
  • Opposites Attract – Look out for ‘surprising’ subject matter and composition. Shots which challenge the ‘norm’
  • What a Performance – street performers, parades and other street entertainment can be great subject matter.
  • Off the Streets – other places – zoos, fairs, shows, parks, sporting events—can be worth trying.
  • New Angle – find ways to get up high or down low
  • Practice makes Perfect
  • Fortune Favors the Brave – sometimes the best thing you can do is to get close to your subject
  • Fun in the Sun – try shooting into the sun and into shadows that direct sunlight can produce
  • Ready to Pounce – have your camera out and ready to shoot at all times.
  • Revise and Revisit – if you see a scene with potential don’t be afraid to keep coming back to it until you get the shot.
  • Frozen Motion – make sure your shutter speed is fast enough. 1/125 or more with an ISO of 400—higher ISO at dusk(experiment with slower shutter speeds)
  • Street Wallpaper – blend in with the scene – shoot unobtrusively and unnoticed.
  • Life Through a Lens – use a wide angle lens—‘exaggerating perspective will help set your subject in context and provide a more forgiving depth of field’
  • Expect the Expected – shoot in places where people expect to see people doing photography. Smile, be polite and be willing to delete images if people protest.
  • Location, Location, Location – Choose places where people interact with one another and times when they are present.

Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/20-quick-street-photography-tips#ixzz2PIijT86i

 

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