Never lose your childlike sense of curiosity in street photography! Always return to beginner’s mind, to never run out of inspiration and motivation!
1. Shoot head on
When you’re shooting with a wide-angle lens (24mm, 28mm, 35mm), don’t shoot from the side. Instead, be aggressive and shoot head-on. You can do this by using the “cutoff technique“, or by literally getting in front of people and their walking path.
By shooting more photos head-on, your photos will be more dynamic! It will give your viewer the impression that the subject of the photograph will directly collide with you!
2. Video camera technique
To be more stealth when shooting street photography, shoot street photography like you were shooting with a video camera.
When you pretend you’re shooting video, people ignore you. So hold your camera steady while you’re shooting (and use your lcd screen), and don’t make sudden movements. This will allow you to shoot really close to your subjects, without getting your subjects to suspect that they’re being photographed.
3. Shoot as you’re entering the subway (or exiting the subway)
If you feel self-conscious when shooting street photography, my suggestion: shoot photos as you’re entering the subway, or exiting the subway.
My rationale: when you’re exiting or entering a place, most people are distracted. They won’t really notice.
You can also do this if you’re inside a subway train: shoot photos as you’re entering or exiting a train.
4. Linger and shoot A LOT MORE photos than you think you should.
If you see a good moment, linger and shoot a lot more than you think you should!
I know what it’s like: you see a scene, and you get afraid, so you only shoot 1-2 photos, and quickly move on.
My suggestion: keep your feet planted, and keep shooting!
The more you keep shooting and “working the scene”, the more likely you are to make a good composition of the scene!
5. Talk with your subjects!
Don’t feel like you must always be a ninja street photographer. If you’re in a good mood, interact and chat with your subjects!
When I talk with my subjects, I get better interactions with them, and also get better vibes. I’m happier after chatting with my subjects, and I often get better photos as a result as well!
NEVER STOP SHOOTING!
There’s still an infinite number of “decisive moments” for you to capture in the world! Never stop shooting, never stop exploring, wandering, and following your childlike curiosity!
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