Street Photography Tips & Tricks
Street photography is probably one of the most engaging genres of photography due to the fact that you’re capturing life as it happens. You’re showing exactly what’s in front of you with no staging and very limited chance.
Given the level of spontaneity the comes along with street photography and capturing the urban landscape, it’s always handy to have a few tips and tricks for capturing those unique moments. Below is a list of things to keep in mind when shooting in the concrete jungle:
For complete control of how your camera will take the photos it’s best to shoot in manual. When you reach an area of interest, snap a few test shots to make sure your settings (ISO, Shutter Speed & Aperture) are going to give you that dynamic image you’re looking to capture.
***Bonus: Shoot in continuous so that you don’t miss anything***
When looking to capture cityscapes it’s best to go out early in the morning or late at night. It really depends on the city and when it “wakes up” and goes to “sleep”. Doing this allows you to shoot completely uninterrupted and you’ll be able to get as many shots as you need until the “right” image is captured.
If the goal is to get some candid photos of the public or street portraits, it’s best to find a densely populated area, do your best not to disrupt the natural flow and then start snapping away. To be discrete, try using the “quiet shutter” option on your camera, or pull out your smart phone.
This is the fun part of street photography, venturing into “No Mans” land and finding what society has forgotten about or left behind. When going into abandoned or “shady” areas, don’t make a habit of going alone. Go with a buddy that has some urban exploration in their wheelhouse. Also, try to do a little homework on the building, make the trip as safe as possible, considering some of the buildings could have fire/water or weather damage.
Depending on the situation or the possible distraction you’ll cause by taking the picture, try asking your person of interest if you can take their photo. It’s usually always cool, and they’ll typically give you an IG follow if they think you’ll post them.
Regardless of the city or town you’re shooting in, discretion should always be key. Carry gear that doesn’t instantly make you recognizable as a photographer. It’s best to keep it light in terms of the equipment you’re out with too, but make sure you always pack a spare SD card and battery. When it comes to the glasses, lead out with your primary “go-to” lens. Chances are you won’t change the lens. Typically having 1 or 2 different focal length lens is standard for a good day of shooting.
The most important things to remember are actually very simple, but super essential. Always have a fresh battery and ample storage on your SD Card. You’re guaranteed to see the most amazing things when you’re camera is dead or there’s no memory left.
This blog post was written by Brandon @whiskeyandoxfords.
“My name is Brandon; I’m a Street and Candid Portrait Photographer from Bridgeport, CT. I’ve taken pictures on purpose since 2002 and I’ve been sharing my images since 2012. My tool of choice is the Nikon D5500. I have a great appreciation for its light weight design, touch screen functionality and wifi.”
Let him know what tips you use for street photography and urban exploration by connecting with him. His website is: www.whiskeyandoxfords.com.