Last year I discovered a love for street photography. I can spend hours wandering the streets with a camera looking at people, maybe it helps to be an inveterate people watcher and I guess if you don’t like people watching it’s not going to hold much interest for you. You can see some of my favorite results here
When I started photographing in the street I found it quite intimidating and I thought I would share some of the strategies that I found helpful. First off you don’t need any special equipment, in fact the most important pieces of gear you own is your eyes. So to start with if you want to shoot in the street, practice by spending time each day looking for situations, scenes that might make good images.
Equipment: you can use any camera, from a DSLR to a mobile phone. Sometimes I shoot with an old Leica that is totally manual and it’s great, however, when I develop a roll of 36 exposure and have one or no good exposure it can be a very chastening experience. If your camera has program modes such as aperture priority and auto focus then use them. Things in the street happen fast and by the time you have your exposure setting right and your subject in focus the moment has passed. Next I recommend traveling light, leave the tripod and the big camera bag at home, bring a camera and one lens. Prime lens are best if you have them, they are smaller than a zoom lens. I bring a spare battery or roll of film if it’s a film body. Also I like to travel alone if I am going out to photograph on the street.
So what to shoot? A lot of people think they could never photograph people in the street because they could never shove a camera in someone’s face. Well either could I! I prefer the stealth approach. Here is one idea you could try: