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Street photography is one of most interesting and fun-filled genres of photography. For me it reflects freedom and flexibility with no rules or restrictions. Although street photography breaks the rules here are some guidelines to help you take better street shots.
So what is “street photography”? Some people have said that by defining it you place a boundary or limitation on the freedom of street photography. In its broadest possible definition, it can be described as photographing anything that happens within the streets of a city. The website, nonphotography.com describes it as, “Simply put street photography includes any photograph made anywhere in public places.” Some people narrow it down to urban settings and some people think there must be people present in these kinds of photos. But the bottom line is that each street photographer will find their own meaning and approach therefore whatever definition they might arrive at will work just as well.”
1. Capture life, activity and vibrancy
Whenever you have people going about their business it reflects action and movement. Street photography is dynamic and full of activity. If you like activity, then it’s for you, but if you like peace and tranquility, head for the hills.
2. Shoot with your widest possible lens
You need to include as much of the scene as possible. The interesting part about this is serendipity, or making discoveries by accident. When you view your image later, you discover things and activities that you didn’t see happening when shooting. This makes it exciting. It’s not like literature where you speculate what the author meant. You physically discover things that you didn’t see at the time of the actual photo shoot.
3. Shoot telephoto as well
This helps with isolating parts of the scene. Looking for subjects within scenes. Discovering the small pictures within the bigger picture. Zooming in and shooting the detail. Getting in closer from a distance when photographing people makes it less intrusive and you are more likely to get the shot.