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There is a wealth on the internet on the web about street photography. Consider this page as an on-going effort to bring you guys the best resources about street photography.

Free E-books on Street Photography

Below are some free e-books on street photography that I’ve written that are “open source” — meaning free to download, share, and remix. Enjoy:

  1. Street Photography 101: An Introduction to Street Photography” (translation into Portuguese here)
  2. The Street Photography Project Manual
  3. “31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  4. The Social Media Blackbook for Photographers
  5. Letters from a Street Photographer
  6. Street Photography Aphorisms, Heuristics, and Sayings

Free Video Street Photography Lectures

If you want to learn more about street photography with video lectures, you can see my free presentations on YouTube below:

  1. Introduction to Composition for Street Photography
  2. How to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  3. How to Be Invisible When Shooting Street Photography
  4. Why it is Important to “Work the Scene” in Street Photography
  5. Introduction to Editing, Processing, and Workflow in Lightroom 5 for Street Photography
  6. Introduction to Street Photography Projects

Free Open-Source Online Street Photography Course

If you are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of street photography, check out my free online street photography course: “All the World’s a Stage: Introduction to Street Photography“. Join the Facebook community group for the course here.

If you want to be challenged with weekly assignments, check out the “Streettogs Academy” group on Facebook.

Popular Articles

Below are my most popular articles on the blog:

  1. 10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography
  2. 10 Things Garry Winogrand Can Teach You About Street Photography
  3. 10 Lessons William Klein Has Taught Me About Street Photography
  4. 5 Lessons Daido Moriyama Has Taught Me About Street Photography
  5. Robert Frank’s “The Americans”: Timeless Lessons Street Photographers Can Learn
  6. 35 Magnum Photographers Give Their Advice to Aspiring Photographers
  7. 3 Reasons Why You Should Shoot with One Camera and One Lens
  8. Why Digital Is Dead For Me In Street Photography
  9. 10 Famous Street Photography Quotes You Must Know

Must-Read Articles

Some foundational articles that I feel anyone starting in street photography should read:

Overcoming your fear of street photography

Below are some of my tips on how you can overcome your fear of shooting street photography – and how to be more discrete.

Check out my Free Ebook:31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography

  1. How to Overcome Your Fear in Street Photography with “Rejection Exposure Therapy”
  2. How to Harness Your Fear to Become a More Confident Street Photographer
  3. How to Avoid Paralysis by Analysis in Street Photography
  4. How to Become a Fearless Street Photographer
  5. How to Become an Invisible Street Photographer
  6. 5 Tips How To Overcome Your Fear of Shooting in Public
  7. 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Sneaky When Shooting Street Photography
  8. The Golden Rule in Street Photography: Photograph Others How You Would Like to Be Photographed

Creativity, Inspiration, and Motivation Articles

If you’re looking to be re-inspired and learn more about creativity, I recommend reading these articles:

  1. 15 Street Photography Assignments to Re-Energize and Re-Inspire You
  2. The Benefits of Constraints in Street Photography
  3. How to Master the Creative Process in Street Photography
  4. Keep Shooting or Die
  5. 5 Ways to Improve Your Creativity in Street Photography
  6. 10 Tips How to Unleash Your Creativity in Street Photography
  7. Why Talent is Overrated in Street Photography
  8. 7 Tips How to Stay Motivated in Street Photography
  9. How To Discover Interesting Scenes in Your Familiar (thus Boring) Home City?

Learn from the Masters of Street Photography

Below are a series of posts I have done talking about what the master street photographers have taught me:

Composition and Street Photography

If you want to learn how to improve your compositions in street photography, check out my articles below:

Philosophy and street photography

Some are my 10 favorite articles regarding the philosophy, psychology, and sociology of street photography:

  1. How Many “Likes” Is Enough?
  2. How to Be Grateful For What You Have
  3. On Criticism and Street Photography
  4. On Friendship and Street Photography
  5. On Jealousy and Street Photography
  6. On Legacy and Street Photography
  7. On Social Media and Street Photography
  8. On Travel and Street Photography
  9. The Tao of Street Photography
  10. Zen in the Art of Street Photography
  11. Being Mortal as a Street Photographer
  12. Play the Cards You Are Dealt in Life and Photography

Equipment

If you are interested in ideal cameras for street photography, read my “Street Photography Equipment Guide.”

I personally believe the best bang-for-the-buck street photography camera is the Fujifilm X100T (read my review) and the best pocketable camera for street photography is the Ricoh GR (read my review).

Film Street Photography Articles

If you want to learn how to shoot street photography on film, I recommend reading these articles below:

  1. Introduction to Shooting Film in Street Photography
  2. A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)
  3. What I Learned Processing 164 Rolls of Film After Waiting a Year
  4. Why Digital Is Dead For Me In Street Photography
  5. The Benefits Shooting Both Film and Digital in Street Photography
  6. 10 Tips on Shooting Street Photography on Film

Technical Street Photography Articles

If you want to learn more about technical details in street photography, here are some guides:

  1. How to Shoot Stroboscopic Flash by Dirty Harrry
  2. How to Shoot with a Flash in Street Photography by Charlie Kirk
  3. The “Best Settings” to Use for Street Photography on the Leica M9

Marketing and business guides

If you want to learn how to better market yourself as a photographer or utilize social media, I recommend reading these articles:

  1. The “10x Principle”: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure as a Photographer
  2. 1,000 True Fans in Photography
  3. A Photographer’s Guide to SEO, Blogging, and Social Media
  4. On Social Media and Street Photography
  5. How Many “Favorites” Or “Likes” Are Enough?
  6. How to Market Yourself as a Street Photographer
  7. 5 Tips How Photographers Can Build Their Online Social Media Presence
  8. How to Teach a Street Photography Class, Workshop, or Course

Traveling guides

If you plan on traveling and shooting some street photography, I recommend reading these articles before you go:

  1. What I Don’t Do While Traveling
  2. 10 Things Not to Do While Traveling
  3. 10 Tips For Traveling and Shooting Street Photography
  4. On Travel and Street Photography
  5. How to Plan Your Own American Road Trip

Recommended Street Photography Books to Start Off

To become a great street photographer is to first study tons of great street photography. If you got some spare money, don’t buy new equipment. Invest in books. Buy books. not gear.

If you don’t own any books related to street photography, these are the 10 books I recommend you starting off with:

  1. Magnum Contact Sheets
  2. Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
  3. Alex Webb: The Suffering Of Light
  4. Robert Frank: The Americans
  5. Martin Parr: The Last Resort
  6. Trent Parke: Minutes to Midnight
  7. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
  8. The Open Road: Photography and the American Roadtrip
  9. Photographers’ Sketchbooks
  10. The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas”

You can see more inspirational street photography books I recommend here.

Street Photography Book Reviews

Below are some of my favorite street photography books (and the in-depth reviews I have written on them):

  1. Magnum Contact Sheets
  2. Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
  3. Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light
  4. Josef Koudelka: Gypsies
  5. Robert Frank: The Americans
  6. Martin Parr: The Last Resort
  7. Trent Parke: Minutes to Midnight
  8. Photographers’ Sketchbooks
  9. The Photobook: A History Volume III

Street Photography Videos

Some of my favorite YouTube videos on Street photography below:

Street Photography Blogs

There are a ton of street photography blogs out there. Which ones are my favorites?

  1. Josh White (JT in Seoul) (personal thoughts on photography, street, and very personal)
  2. Street Hunters (street photography tips, videos, inspiration)
  3. StreetShootr (street photography news, reviews, inspiration)

You can see my older list of my favorite street photography blogs here. See the link below.

Street Photography Collectives

The more the merrier. Check out some of these great street photography collectives for inspirational work from street photographers from all around the globe.

Movies for Street Photographers

Here are some movies that all street photographers (and photographers) should watch. Special thanks to Brian Sparks for the inspiration:

  1. Everybody Street
  2. Finding Vivian Maier
  3. In-Sight
  4. The Genius of Photography (BBC)
  5. How to Make a Book with Steidl
  6. Fur (Diane Arbus Story)
  7. Bang-Bang Club
  8. War Photographer

Street Photography Laws

Below are some resources on street photography laws. Note I couldn’t find all resources for each country- a quick Google search will help you!

Facebook Street Photography Groups

Streettogs Pages

United States

Europe

Asia

Latin America

Flickr Street Photography Groups

Are you stuck in the middle of nowhere and still want to get better in street photography? Join these great Flickr street photography groups.

Street Photography Directory (Google Doc)

If you want to add your name to this street photography google doc, use the links below!