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10+1 Street Photography Tips and Tricks

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10+1 Street Photography Tips and Tricks

Street photography is all about telling a story - stealing a moment from time and space. This presentation will teach you exactly how to behave while in a street photography session.

Have you ever heard about juxtaposition? This technique will make your street captures stand out!

Street photography is all about telling a story - stealing a moment from time and space. This presentation will teach you exactly how to behave while in a street photography session.

Have you ever heard about juxtaposition? This technique will make your street captures stand out!

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  2. 2. About DreamsDiary® We believe in people’s passions and experiences. Those moments where you change deeply inside, while doing what you love. Those moments that are out of routine and somehow always inspiring. We believe in enhancing dreamers’ capacity to share and recount those moments. To help them to do so, we specialise in improving the skills every passionate dreamer needs: - Photographic Techniques; - Framing the right moment; - Tell stories that are out of the ordinary.
  3. 3. Introduction: About Street Photography The subject of Street Photography is the human condition within public places. Directly, street photography, may not actually include any people. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people. It can be an object or environment where the image projects a predominantly human character.
  4. 4. Usually, as far as possible street photographers try to shoot unobserved. The goal of street photography is to capture scenes unaffected by the author of the work to show a natural story and subject. Story and Subject are perhaps the most important aspects of a good street shot.
  5. 5. Ready to Start?
  6. 6. With or Without Permission? Opinions differ widely on this topic. Some photographers say you should always ask your subjects for permission. Others prefer to shoot a candid picture and keep the scene untouched. 1
  7. 7. In the end, I believe, it all depends on the situation. If you want to capture a close-up portrait of a person in the street, you should ask for permission, because you are invading his “privacy”. Otherwise, I suggest you try to remain unnoticed and attempt to capture those moments that are so natural in day-to-day life.
  8. 8. How to ask for Permission? There are some tips you should remember if you are wondering how and when to ask for permission: • Don’t go around in large groups. It makes people feel a little bit tense. • If you are shooting a portrait, ask for permission 2
  9. 9. • Smile, be open; sometimes this is all you need. • Be aware of your subjects, even if they have already given you permission. If you spot any kind of distress, stop shooting and move on. • Communicate! Its ok to look at scenes as subjects and be focused on rules and settings, but you are shooting people. Talk to them, be interested.
  10. 10. Anticipate & Be Quick! A lot of times you will find yourself with great street scenes and you will have very little time to capture them. Keep your camera ready (I often use the Program Mode to be faster) and be ready to shoot at every opportunity. Sometimes you have to anticipate the scene in your mind and capture it as it happens. 3
  11. 11. Watch the scene change and shoot Sometimes I’ve found myself following an interesting subject along the street because I knew I was going to have a great shot when exactly the right moment occurred. Don’t be afraid to wait for the scene to adapt perfectly to the story you want to tell. 4
  12. 12. Have plenty of memory Especially if you are staying out all day, be sure to have enough space in your memory card to record all the pictures you are going to take. You should have realised by now that in street photography you have to shoot tons of times and then look back to the pictures to choose the best. 5
  13. 13. Surprise! The best street shots I’ve ever seen always involved some kind of surprise for the viewer. For example a billboard with a particular phrase in contrast with a person nearby. Anything that can tell a story and seize your viewer’s attention. 6
  14. 14. Juxtaposition This is probably the best tip I can give you! The best street photographers are able to convey the humour, irony and beauty of everyday life, by juxtaposing people with others and the environment. For example: One really big, tall man next to a small, thin one. 7
  15. 15. Real-Life Scenes The best street shots tell a story of a real- life situation. This is why you have to choose your location carefully. Make sure the place offers you plenty of potential scenes to capture and stay there until you have a lot to work on. 8
  16. 16. Exposure Compensation Ok, now it’s time for a couple of “always true” settings. Sometimes you will have to use your exposure compensation, especially if you want to brighten up a face or a detail on a dark environment. (Dial-up the exposure compensation if you want to brighten up!) 9
  17. 17. Deep Depth of Field In street photography the background is really important, it is the thing that conveys the environment and characterises the picture. You don’t want to blur it away. So keep a small aperture. Set a high F-number. 10
  18. 18. Don’t be boring This is more personal advice than a golden rule. Especially when travelling, people shoot a variety of people in “traditional costumes”. It usually results in really good pictures, but it doesn’t really describe things the way they are. Try to shoot a variety of people from different social backgrounds and you will have photographed the people the way they really are. 11
  19. 19. And this is it for this presentation! On our website this is one of the many FREE resources we offer to all our visitors in order to improve their photography level. Plus a ton of articles, interviews, profiles and content that you will love. Visit our website at: www.dreamsdiary.co If you wish to download this guide, it’s FREE and you can do it just by clicking the button below. DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION

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