Have you ever tried taking a picture of a friend and you told her to, “Just act natural?” While attempting to take the second shot, did your friend look right into the camera? Have you ever wondered how street photographers manage to capture the most candid shots of their subject? Most of the people seem so unaware of the artistic invasion. The photographers often allow us a glimpse inside the world that they’ve created through lenses. We witness stolen moments of intimacy between two at a train station. Up close and personal shots of the homeless leave us wondering who they are. The secret to taking great street photography is a combination of technique, emotion and a little bit of patience. If you follow the secrets below you’ll be on your way to creating inspirational images:
Dress For Success- Discretion is the key. Try to blend in with everyone on the street. The plan is to walk around unnoticed.
Point And Shoot- The first mistake a lot of beginners make is asking a person to act natural. Do not ask for permission. Do not pose people either! Once you do that, the moment is forever gone. Shoot first, ask later.
Stalk The Shot Not The People- Try shooting from the hip. Position your camera on your hip and shoot, not looking through the viewfinder. Currently on the market, there are many wonderful point and shoot cameras for street photography. One such notable is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. It has a wide 24 mm lens minus the viewfinder. Perfect for street photography!
Move Your Body, Not Your Lens- Keep an open eye and walk where your eye takes you. Do not use a long lens. Long lenses separate you from people and will prevent you from interacting with the people. Furthermore it will make you feel like you’re spying on someone.
Emotion- Find something that stirs an emotion or ideas. Use the interactions of people and places to capture a sense of passion and feeling.
Less is Best- Carry minimal equipment as possible. Choose a camera and lens and leave it at that. Leave the camera bags, backpacks, and vests at home. Remember, you don’t want to look like a photographer!
Be Patient- Use scenarios that are busy and naturally interesting. Wait for the right shot. You don’t want to miss out on the real action because you were wasting time photographing mediocre ones.
Now that you’ve learned a few techniques, what are you waiting for? Get out and try them out!