Unusual Ways To Improve Your Street Photography
Street photography is a weird genre, whenever you ask someone to define the art, you get a different answer. It’s almost as if it has no rules, yet it has many. When I first started the advice I received was all gear-related. Shoot with a prime, keep the aperture between f/7.1-11, 1/25o is as slow as your shutter should be, and always keep your ISO on auto.
These tips were helpful, the majority of which I still utilize today. They’re also interchangeable, meaning you may have been taught otherwise early on. What these rules did for me, as they probably did for you, was teach me to set up my camera. What they didn’t do was help me take better photographs on the streets.
So I came up with a shortlist that will helpless on the technical side and more on the mental side of street photography. Every one of these tips won’t apply to you, as we all define street photography differently, however, I ask you to try them all before you write them off.
With street photography, this statement is so true. Too many people focus on the technical aspects of street photography when they go out, but what they fail to understand is street photography is a collaborative effort. Sure it’s important to know the basics of your camera, but your body of work is based on someone else’s action or reaction and that’s something you can’t control…
This first step might seem simple, but you’ll be amazed at how many people go out twice per week and call it quits. It’s really about effort, the more you practice, the better you get… It’s simple.
I see most people make when taking street photographs is going in groups. Sure it’s “safer” but street photography really isn’t a dangerous sport. In fact, you’re likely to take better photographs alone as opposed to being in a large group–nobody wants to be attacked by the paparazzi.
But in all seriousness, other photographers just hold you back. If you’re not a confident shooter then you feel like you’re being watched, which sucks because you’re not able to shoot freely, they constantly jump in and correct your process, which will just make you further insecure.
If you’re someone they respect or look up to, you’ll feel as if you’re teaching. You’ll constantly find yourself answering questions or coaching as opposed to shooting. They may even get in your way at times. Picture a subject walking down the street and your group is standing there quietly