Live Street Photographer 14 Style Teaches You to Be a Street Photographer
- Oct 25, 2019
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I think street shooting has always been a popular subject for photographers and enthusiasts. Today, the editor here will share with you a list of street photography tips, detailing 14 practical street photography techniques for your reference. People who love street photography come to learn!
1. Focal length not less than 50 mm
Let's start with equipment. Should street photography be taken with a long focal length lens or with a standard or wide-angle lens for close-range shooting? Actually, there is no right or wrong lens, as long as you like, you can use any focal lens. Generally speaking, however, street shooting does not require more than 50 mm lens. Although the longer the focal length is, the harder it should be to be detected by the subject. But if the focal length is too long, the work will become as if it is taking a photo, lacking communication with the main body, and therefore lacking the sense of scene.
Street photography with a lens of 50 mm or less is more suitable.
2. Focus or zoom lens?
Lens of 50mm or less were selected. Next, you might think, should you choose a focusing lens or a zoom lens? In theory, both fixed-focus lens and zoom lens can be used for street shooting. But many times we have to think about seeing something that feels on the street. We don't necessarily have time to adjust the focus and compose slowly. Street photography is the fastest, so it is recommended to use a fixed-focus lens to capture the street scenery, shoot with only one focal segment, and pay close attention to what is happening at that distance, which is the most convenient.
Generally, zoom lenses are much heavier than fixed-focus lenses.
3 Keep a low profile
In fact, the choice of small and light equipment is also related to the interaction between you and strangers around you during the shooting. If you carry a large Camera Backpack with two cameras and several lenses and walk to the street as a full-fledged professional photographer to photograph passers-by, do you think you will take pictures first, or do you think the equipment is too aggressive to frighten passers-by first when they are discovered by others?
One of the keys to street shooting is to keep a low profile as much as possible. If you can, try to integrate yourself into the environment and hide yourself. The best way is to abandon the backpack of large cameras, take only one camera and one mirror to go on the road lightly and roam the streets lightly.
We should keep a low profile in street photography to be successful.
4. Large field depth and high ISO
Using the above methods, we can also help improve the success rate of focusing by adjusting the aperture and controlling the depth of field. The smaller the aperture, the larger the depth of field. It is easier to use small apertures such as f/8, f/11, f/16 to increase the depth of field, that is, to expand the focus area. Then, it is easier to get a clear subject.
Of course, the use of small aperture will also slow down the shutter, prone to hand shocks. At this time, high ISO can be used. In the digital age, the sensitivity of cameras is getting stronger and stronger. Even with ISO800, 1600 or higher sensitivity, the quality of photographs taken by many cameras has a certain level. And most cameras also have their own automatic ISO cap function. They shoot and adjust a certain shutter speed in full automatic M mode, and then maintain accurate exposure by setting an automatic ISO cap.
It's so simple to use high ISO to keep shutter speed and avoid hand shocks.
5 Preset Focus Distance
Because the street scenery changes so fast, many friends are often distressed, the camera has not been focused, the foreground has changed. Therefore, many successful Street photographers suggest that we should adjust the focal length of the lens in advance in order to retain the "one issue and one moment" picture. In other words, in order to be faster in street shooting, we should omit the usual convenient automatic focusing function and use manual focusing mode to pre-set a focusing range for shooting at any time.
For example, we set the camera's pre-focus range to about 5 m, and when we see the scene we want to shoot is about this distance away from ourselves, we just lift the camera and take a quick shot of that moment. It may not be a good idea to try this method at first, but most of the lenses will have a focusing distance display so that we can adjust the focusing distance when using auto-focusing mode. Get used to this method, and gradually you will find that this is the kingdom of street photography.
Most of the lenses will have a focus range display, so let's set the focus range beforehand.
6 Don't sneak around
Most successful Street photographers know how to interact with people around them. If you master these skills, you will get twice the result with half the effort. Although it's better to keep a low profile when taking street photos, don't be too sneaky.
Know that SLR cameras, even if they are lightweight, are larger devices. No matter how you hide them, they will be easily seen by others. You will only be more likely to attract attention if you are nervous, even think you have bad intentions. So, let's shoot generously. Instead, it can lower people's guard against you, and be misunderstood about what you are doing for the sake of filming, which is even worse.
Street photography should be done with great grace.
7 black and white? Color?
Many photographers like to shoot in black and white. There are all kinds of cluttered scenery on the street. Too many colors may disturb the vision. Shooting in black and white helps to highlight the subject in the confusion and express a clear story. Second, many friends who love street photography like that their works have a feeling of no time limit, and black-and-white photographs are easier to achieve this effect.
To get good street photos, we can take a step further. The biggest difficulty and challenge of street photography is the fear of strangers. Because we don't know what reaction the subject will have, we might as well chat with the subject and say hello with a smile before shooting. Try not to suddenly raise your camera to take pictures.
Even more, we can participate in the activities of the subjects. For example, if you meet a group of friends dancing and playing in a foreign street, you can also go closer and participate in it and ask him if he can shoot it later. Of course, this is just one example, but it's usually easier to get wonderful pictures by communicating with others and then taking pictures.
Participation in the activities of the subject makes it easier to get wonderful pictures.
9 Avoid using flash
Usually we don't use flash to take street photos, we only use natural light. But there are also photographers who use flash in street photography. They deliberately seek to surprise the subject. These photographers will approach strangers and take people's big head pictures with flash. People will be very surprised. But with a flash on the camera, it will definitely make it easier for you to attract attention and let others find out, whether it's daytime or night, so you should pay more attention according to the effect you want.
10 Smile in praise of the subject
If someone doesn't want you to take a picture, we should also respect the wishes of others. If the photographer really doesn't want to leave a picture after taking a picture, you can choose to delete the photo or explain the reason for the photograph to him. When explaining, you can praise others appropriately, or relax the tense atmosphere when facing strangers. This method may not sound easy, but if you try it, you will find that it is not as difficult as you think to communicate with others. As long as you release goodwill, if you find it after taking a picture, you can smile at him or her, show goodwill and thank her. Few people will completely refuse to take a picture.
Before taking pictures, we might as well say hello and smile.
11 Use of scaffolding for adequate reasons
Have you ever thought that street photography can also use tripod? Although installing a camera on a tripod will make you stand out, a small number of photographers use this technique to shoot street works!
In addition to fixing the camera when the shutter is slow, some photographers use tripods to cover up the moment of shooting! They put the camera on the tripod, set the focal length in advance, arrange the composition properly, and then slowly wait for passers-by to pass by. Others can see your camera and scaffolding, but they don't know you're shooting, so it's less aggressive for the people around you.
Although only some photographers do this, we can use the scaffolding to pre-construct the picture and take pictures when people pass by.
12 Do not look at the sightseeing device "blind shooting"?
Of course, we can also create a new way to shoot in a way called "Shooting from the Hip". Shooting From the Hip means that you don't put the camera on your face, you don't look at the window through your eyes at all, you just take the camera and shoot it directly. This is a popular street shooting technique, some people say it is blind shooting, of course not, because the photographer is still watching, but not the viewer. However, Shooting From the Hip technology is difficult to get to the top step by step. It needs more practice to be able to handle it well. Because you don't need to look at the picture with your eyes, you need to master the angle well. If you are interested in it, you should practice this skill more so that you can be skilled in many ways! _________
This photo was taken in a "blind" way.
13 Optional Tourist Area Filming
If you're new to street photography, you can actually go to places where there will be more photographers. It may be some tourist areas. Finding someone who is not the only person in the area with a camera will be a good place to start. Also, you can take a friend to shoot together. Just ask your friend to come up to the person you want to shoot and pretend to take a picture of him. Move your camera to someone else to take a picture when the focus is good. Of course, it's not a fair way, but it's a good way to take a picture on the street.
We can take Street Photos in the tourist area.
14 decisive moments
In addition to using the above equipment and techniques, to take good street photos, of course, we must always remember what the documentary master Bresson once said, "the decisive moment". Because photography is a fixed-frame image, and street photography needs to press the shutter at the most brilliant moment to condense the dynamic climax into history, not before or after the moment. So before we take a picture, we all want to know if this second is the best picture. Or wait a second longer, wait for the photographed person to take another step, the picture will be more brilliant?
So we need to pay more attention to the scenery around us, and gradually we will notice when this "decisive moment" will probably happen. Finally, Street Photography is actually walking down the street, taking pictures of what you see or what's happening in front of you. See more, try more, hope you and I can find this important moment!
A decisive moment