DON'T GET PUNCHED
It is very easy to be timid about shooting street photography. Lets face it ─ it seems a bit unnatural to be snapping photos of strangers who have no clue of it. Most photographers will stay away from the streets and wont even consider trying it. It is normal to be shy, but with these 7 easy steps you will ease your way into the wonderful world of street photography.
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You can tell a story like no other through a lens. Street photography tends to give off a lot of strong emotion and often times sorrow and guilt for the subject. This is what makes this type of photography so great. There are plenty or stories to be told in your hometown or anywhere you travel to. So make sure next time you head to the city, grab your camera and tell a story. You want approach street photography and hopefully prevent any confrontation at all cost. Needless to say, this could be a bad time to try and figure out your camera. Brush up on a few simple tips to get familiar with your camera before heading out to get the best of your street photography photos.
1. Do I Need To Have Permission?
As long as you are in a public place it's perfectly legal to photography people in most countries ─ Assuming you are shooting for fine art or editorial purposes. Don't be a creep. Each country has its own independent regulations and laws so please make sure to do your research before snapping away at strangers.
2. Have A Game Plan
While it can be fun walking around for hours on end to find the perfect shot for some photographers, most prefer to go unnoticed. It makes sense to pick out a few places you think you can find some good subjects before you head out. Check out the subway stations in the city or the parks in your neighborhoods. Be patient and eventually the right people will walk right in front of you. Be sure to include a place with architecture or building signs in the background to add to the feel of the photo.
3. Bring A Friend With You
Obviously its better to hit the streets on your own so you can go less noticed. Generally speaking however, it can be a bit intimidating at first. So bring a friend along and it will help you feel more comfortable for the next time you decide to go alone.
4. Blend In With The Crowd
Start in a busy public place such as a street corner or outdoor event. You will be less noticed this way and can easily overcome your fear of photographing strangers. A good stranger to start with are street performers. Generally they are there to be seen and are used to being photographed. Be generous after you take a few photos and toss a buck into their hat.
5. Be Respectful
Believe me when i say ─ you are not doing anything wrong when photographing strangers. But if someone objects to having their picture taking, don't shoot! Its not worth it to you and you can move onto the next. You are well within your legal rights but the most important things it to be respectful of others.
6. It's Your Vision
There are many types of street photography. There are no official rules here so don't let anyone tell you what does or doesn't qualify as street photography. Tell a story with your camera and show your artistic vision.
7. Trust Your Gut
This might be the single most important of the 7 steps when approaching street photography. To have an enjoyable experience you need to understand the things that could go wrong. If a situation feels unstable or you feel that you are in danger, then it probably is. Trust your gut and get out.