Street Photography can be a daunting field of photography to begin working in. However the satisfaction of getting that perfect shot is so rewarding.
Here are my 10 beginner tips for getting started in Street Photography
- Use the camera you have - maybe it’s your phone, a DSLR, or a point & shoot. You don’t need anything fancy to get started, just start shooting.
- Bring your camera everywhere - things can happen randomly on the street, so if you have a camera with you everywhere you go, you’ll never miss the opportunity to catch a unique moment.
- Shoot Wide - If you’ve been inspired by any of the classic masters of street photography you will most likely have been viewing images taken with a 28mm or 35mm lens. Aim to use this focal length, it will force you to include more in your frame.
- Get Closer - Shooting with a wide angle lens like a 28mm will force you get closer to your subject. This is important for making your images feel more intimate and real.
- Give yourself a project - If you’re finding it hard to concentrate or find anything to photograph, pick something simple. Maybe you could spend one afternoon photographing people wearing hats. They don’t have to be amazing photographs, but it will train you to search the scene for your next subject.
- Juxtapose - One of the most important things I learnt early on in Street Photography, is to juxtapose your subjects. Think of it as contrasting two elements in a scene, elements that are unrelated, form a new story.
- Take notes - Whether you are shooting digital or film, I think it can be useful to take notes of what images you seem to be drawn to taking. This can be an important process in the beginning as it will help you grow and learn from past mistakes or sucesses.
- Say Hello - Be friendly, say hello to people on the street. A simple smile can defuse any potential altercations.
- Slow Down - When I first started shooting street, I would walk so quickly around the streets, rushing to find the next shot. However I’ve found great success in taking it slow. Walk slowly and wait for the shots to come to you.
- Stand Still - Joel Meyerowitz recommends standing still. Wait on the corner of a street, the point where two sidewalks combine brings opportunities. If there are more people walking towards each other, there is a better dynamic and more chance of something happening!
I would love to hear if any of these points helped you! Also what suggestions do you have that could help a beginner in street photography?