The history of photography spans more than 100 years, but the term “street photography” is not that long ago. If you recall the first photographs taken by a person, then you can see that the process of photographing began precisely with a street photograph taken in 1826 by Joseph Niepce. It depicted a city.
How to take pictures
Today street photography is a serious genre that needs to be learned. There are many different courses for both beginners and experienced photographers.
You don't have to take a specialized course to become a street photographer. You can find tutorials for photographers on dedicated resources or in public sources such as YouTube or Google.
There are also some legal guidelines for street photographers. After reading them, you will understand how to act within the framework of the law:
- Street photography means being in crowded places. Try not to create obstacles for those around you. Especially it concerns the carriageway of transport.
- You have the right to photograph people, but take into account their wishes. In case of refusal or negative reaction from the person - stop filming.
- Filming cultural and religious sites requires special attention. It is important to interpret the subject correctly so that it does not result in a scandal.
- Be prepared to answer questions from passers-by. Explain clearly and clearly what you are doing. People are quite curious and your activity may pique their interest.
Equipment for shooting
Equipment for filming can be very diverse: from a professional camera to a regular smartphone. Moreover, the latter now allow you to get pretty good shots due to the good cameras installed in them.
- Smartphone. Technological advances make it possible to take photos on a mobile device with a fairly good quality, comparable to professional cameras. Ease of use greatly simplifies the process of photographing.
- WithoutSLR camera... Another good option for those who do not like to carry weights. Such a camera allows you to take good shots with high resolution. Fujifilm is a great brand that makes these cameras.
- Spare battery. If you do decide to use professional equipment, be prepared to take an additional battery with you. It might come in handy.
- Equipment bag. In order to compactly organize your workspace and comfortably carry your equipment, you need a good bag. The main selection criteria should be spaciousness and water resistance.
Advice of professionals
- Shoot in grayscale (black and white images) ”. Shapes, the play of light and shadows, geometry. Shades of gray allow you to focus on the idea, removing distractions such as color.
- Use a tripod. For long exposure photos, for example. Shooting with a tripod draws attention to the photographer, and in some countries this is persecuted, but you can always find a way out of the situation.
- Have patience and hope for success. Practice shows that those who wait for a long time are sure to catch stunning moments. Be sure to keep your camera ready.
- Humor and openness - can save you in many situations.
- If you shoot in color, then in post-processing you can play with shades - to give the mood of the frame a more dramatic look, for example.
- Use wide-angle optics. Telephoto lenses, of course, do not require direct participation in the events, but many street photographers are firmly convinced that a good shot can only be shot at a wide angle, directly participating in the event. In addition, the wide depth of field of such lenses allows you to shoot, as they say, "from the hip."
- Thinking in frames is useful
- Collect a picture from "nothing"
- Walk more, see more.