When you’re out on the street with your camera, many people are looking at you wondering what you are photographing. Here’s are just a few of my tips to help you reduce your nerves so you don’t freeze so you can create beautiful street shots.
Good street photography can look deceptively easy and if you’ve been on one of my street photography workshops you will have practiced these tips.
Fear stops many would-be street photographers, but with the right approach, overcoming your nervousness is possible.
I’ve been leading street photography workshops across New Zealand & Australia and photographing on the streets for years and I’m sharing my techniques to work past your street photography fears allowing you to enjoy taking great street images without feeling paralysed by anxiety.
Here’s my latest article on everythingyou could ever want to know about street photography.
Street photography is about candidly photographing life and human nature. It is a way for us to show our surroundings and how as photographers we relate to it through various images. Within street photography there any many sub-genres: candid, reflections, panning and intentional camera movement (ICM), just to name a few.
There is lots online to read which talk about this, but for me, street photography is a visual documentation of everyday life and society. However, a person doesn’t need to be in an image for it to be considered street photography, it although does take place exclusively in public areas, not necessarily on the street.
Within the street photography genre, there are so many different sub-genres, these are just a few:
Street photography can either be one of the easiest or most difficult photographic genre to capture. You will likely have read my comments before, that a small camera with a wide angle lens is the best. The problem is, although it is simple to get started in street photography, it is not easy to create compelling imagery.
The goal of the candid photographer is to capture scenes exactly as they occur naturally and any interference by the photographer ruins the possibility of creating an image that is 100% authentic.
Many street photographers like to capture their images using a 35mm or wider focal length. This although has problems, and requires the photographer to be physically close to the subject. If the subject notices the photographer standing close by, the subject will likely alter their behaviour making it difficult to capture what would have taken place had the photographer not been present.
Street photography is all about capturing the candid everyday moments that make up the world around us. There’s no rule that says the camera you already have won’t work for street photography but to really blend in, a small camera is best.
We’re exploring the father of modern street photography Henri Cartier-Bresson. From his first exhibition in 1932 to his death in 2004 Cartier-Bresson was a huge influence in the world of photography, and as you will see by the images below, he left a legacy of truly memorable photographs.