You've seen and heard about landscape photography. You've had your share of portraits. But now it's time to take to the streets. part of being a photographer is sharing how you see the world through your lens. Give others a kind of perspective that may be far different from theirs. Your camera is not just a tool; It's an extension of yourself. And the streets are very much part of your world than any other subject. It is quite challenging. No setup. Just click as you go. These tidbits can help you get started or get better.
• Less is more
You have to be quick. Less equipment is better. It's less obtrusive and more discreet. It makes it easier to get up close without being a distraction that ruins the moment. You can use wide angle lens or compact cameras. The important thing is to be there when it counts.
• Be familiar with your settings
It’s similar to point number one. Fiddling with the camera settings will cost you time. Prepare your settings beforehand. If it's a bright sunny day, an aperture of f16 with ISO 200-400 will work fine. Depending on where you are or what you plan to shoot, you can set your camera to aperture or shutter priority mode. Decide on what's most convenient for you, and adjust along the way.
• Take your camera everywhere
Not much explanation is needed for this. A picture worthy opportunity happens when you least expect it. So be prepared. Have your camera within reach at all times. You may only have a split second to capture your subject.
• Get close to your subjects
Street photography is all about the moment and the emotions. Immerse yourself in the experience and be in the moment. There's a story lurking in every corner. Be observant. Keep your eyes, even all your senses, on high alert for interesting subjects.
• Work the scene
Take multiple shots. If time permits, try different angles and distances. Spice up the composition. You can even direct your subject when you ask permission. Have them stand against a particular background, do hand gestures, or exaggerate body language. The interaction may even deepen the story.
• Just shoot
Sometimes, it may not be possible to raise the camera to your eye. You can use your screen to view the frame, or just wing it. Take the shot in whatever way you can. There's always time to fix things during post process.
• Subject doesn't always have to be people
A dark alley. Graffiti covered wall. Lines of buildings and street signs converging into one point. A Stray dog idly watching passers-by. These scenes even without people, give traces of emotion and imagery that make for a great photo. Elevate the mood by playing with color or trying black and white.
It can be overwhelming at first. Keep practicing until it becomes second nature. Revisit locations and try again. Each day is a new opportunity. Of course, don't forget to have fun.