Be Successful to Street Photography
Find out tips to follow and become successful in Street Photography. In one of our latest articles we cover the principles of Street Photography. This genre is becoming popular each day and one of the reasons are the connection between the photographer and the scene he/ she captures.
Let’s see some easy things you have to consider next time you plan your shooting in town.
Choose the Lens that suits your needs.
Choosing the Best Lens for Street Photography is not as easy as one may think it is. A photographer must know what subject he/she wants to take the picture of and what type of lens will make the most impact. If you're an amateur photographer, you'll very often find yourself pondering, "What difference will the right lens make if I just have the right camera?" but the truth is that without having the right lens, all the other aspects of your photography just won't work.
One of the most important things to remember when choosing the best lens for landscape photography is that you should be able to see the photograph from every possible angle. This can be difficult to do if you're just standing there looking at the view, trying to capture your moment. You need to be able to turn your head and look upwards, or look down and see the scene through the viewfinder. If you can't do this, try to have someone help you point at the scene so you can have a reference point to compose from.
If you do your research, you'll find that there are many different types of lenses available for landscape photos. Some are available for free online; others come with their own price tag. The really great ones aren't necessarily available free online, but if you have a really good product you might be able to find a local photographer who will sell his/her lenses for a lesser price; another reason to check out local product photography events. These events are where many photographers meet to discuss new products, discuss strategies for using the lenses, and also hold a photography competition. There are many different lenses available for landscape photography, so finding the ones that work best for you is simply a matter of practicing. You don't need expensive equipment to get fantastic shots!
|Aperture||Stop Difference||Change in Shutter||Stop Difference||Weather||Shadow Detail|
|f/16||0||1/200 @ ISO 200||0||Clear & Sunny||Distinct|
|f/11||+1 stop||1/400 @ ISO 200||-1 stop||Slightly Overcast||Soft Around edges|
|f/8||+2 stop||1/800 @ ISO 200||-2 stop||Overcast||Barely|
|f/5.6||+3 stop||1/1600 @ ISO 200||-3 stop||Heavy Overcast||No shadows|
|f/4||+4 stop||1/3200 @ ISO 200||-4 stop||Open Shade/ Sunset||No shadows|
|f/2.8||+5 stop||1/6400 @ ISO 200||-5 stop||Night Time||No shadows|
Have you heard the Sunny 16 rule? No? The basic rule of thumb states that if you have a clear, sunny day and your aperture is at f/16, whatever ISO you are using, your shutter speed will be the reciprocal value of that ISO value (ISO X = 1/X seconds shutter speed)
So, as you can see from the table you adjust your shutter speed and your ISO accordingly to your subject.
Approach your target.
One of the most important steps for anyone wishing to take photographs is learning how to get close to your subjects. This is crucial because the closer you are to your subject, the better chances there are of capturing their essence and the essence of what they look like. When taking photographs of people, it is common for many photographers to shoot from an angle which is either too far away or too close to their head. This can have disastrous effects on the photographs taken and the photos will come out flat and not very descriptive. Therefore, to avoid this problem, learn to get close to your subjects.
The following street photography tips will guide you to learn how to trust your senses and see those important moments. Once you have picked up the trust to get close to your subjects, you can use your camera's mirror as a proxy of society and come out with witty, interesting and artistic-looking shots. The mirror method is used more in street photography than any other, because most of the pictures taken are of individuals going about their private routines. In case you find a really good photograph when standing in front of a building or standing beside a road, it means that you are right on target. You should also focus on other details of the scene such as any subtle signs or anything that stands out in the foreground but not in the background.
Another important tip for getting that perfect shot is to start off with a relatively wide angle lens. Try and take photographs of groups of people instead of individuals as your lens settings will be more open and allow more opportunities for things like candid moments. Another thing to remember is to keep your arms at a distance apart to enable you to capture the entire scene without having to turn your back to the subjects. Once you have mastered these techniques, you will find that taking photographs of streets come out more naturally and with more finesse than any other kind of photography.
Take the camera with you.
Street photography is a very interesting subject, because you have to learn how to take your camera and put it everywhere in the world differently. Many professional photographers only think about what they can see with their eyes but street photography is more of an abstract art than photography as such. You need to be able to see the world from your photographer's perspective to make your photography amazing.
Shoot from hip level.
In the street photography business, there's a rather big debate which weather is worthy of discussion, even for ethical reasons: is it okay to shoot from the hip? There are some photographers who do it; other more purist photographers won't even take it up. Their reason: it hinders them from getting the best shots they'd want with another point of view and while still not disturbing what happens... Others say that having this flexibility helps you create unique shots and is more fun to do. So to each there is their own opinion, but here are the facts:
There are those who say that when taking up street photography, using your camera as if you were taking up sports would not only assist you in getting the shot you want, but would also help in creating unique shots. For instance, you can start by shooting from close-ups; doing so will open up your eyes to different aspects of the subject that you hadn't noticed before. For instance, maybe had you been focusing on that hand motion, you wouldn't have seen that beautiful detail of the muscles under the skin; by changing the camera settings to a lower shutter speed, you just opened your eyes to that beautiful detail, instead of seeing it from an angle which required a faster shutter speed. So by changing your camera settings to a lower one, you can make adjustments on your own which otherwise would have been impossible with your current settings.
There are also those photographers who say you shouldn't shoot from the hip. One reason they give is because you're not experienced enough yet to be able to pull it off; and you may end up messing up because chances are, you don't know how to shoot from the hip yet, which is fine. After all, don't let your lack of experience stop you from enjoying this great street photography trick that's been around for quite awhile now. It is a sure way to make a great photo and impress your friends and family.
Think outside of the box.
Thinking outside the box is simple; it just means you are willing to think about different solutions and techniques for getting to your final goal. That's right: You need to reach point A to point B, yet you do not necessarily want or need to take the traditional, tried and true path to do so. Thinking outside the box can have a positive and powerful impact on your professional life. It will open up many more doors than you may have originally realized. If you haven t just taken your latest photo shoot, for example, and are now wondering how to top it up with the perfect image that will really grab the attention of your clients, thinking outside the box may provide the spark you need to push through all of the obstacles standing between you and success.
In fact, some of the most famous and sought after photographers rely on this concept of thinking outside the box. Take, for example, photographer Robert Capra. When he was hired by Time Magazine to shoot the Olympic Games in Houston, Texas, he had to think out of the box in order to make the pictures happen. Rather than run down an entire field looking for moving objects that would catch his eye, Capra found himself searching for something unusual that would be interesting and unique enough to make a memorable picture. And when he finally found it, he knew that the picture would be worth a great deal of money, as well as a lot of exposure.
Other professional photographers have used similar techniques in their own lives. Documentarians like Quentin Tarantino use unusual angles and clever staging to turn simple events into works of art. Action photographers such as Jesse James stand out by capturing strange or out of the ordinary scenes in such a way as to leave the viewer with a question. While there are many different ways that photographers can "think outside the box," one of the most useful is the method of "thinking outside the fence." By using photography to draw the viewer into the picture by placing them within the perimeter, a photographer effectively places the camera within the action itself. With all the technological advances in photography today, taking photos that effectively bring the viewer into the action is one of the best ways to use photography as a creative method.
Most importantly, have fun !!!
It's important to love what you do and do what you enjoy in all types of photography. If shooting on the street isn't your thing, you'll probably end up with ordinary photos. Do what makes you happy, not what other people want to see, because creativity flows where passion resides. I enjoy shooting street because it gets me out and about, introduces me to new people, and allows me to see everyday life in a new light. That is what motivates me to pursue my goals.
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