Don’t Take Boring Photos: 13 Tips for Street Photographers from Tony Ray-Jones

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In the late 1960’s, photographer Tony Ray-Jones wrote a hand-written note on his “approach” when he took photographs. I think these tips are lessons all of us as street photographers can learn from him. Read more to see some of his inspirational images (and this list typed out):

1. Be more AGGRESSIVE

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2. Get more INVOLVED (talk to people)

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3. Stay with the subject matter (be PATIENT)

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4. Take SIMPLER pictures

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5. See if everything in background relates to subject matter

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6. Vary compositions & ANGLES more

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7. Be more aware of COMPOSITION

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8. Don’t take BORING pictures

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9. GET IN CLOSER (use 50mm lens)

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10. Watch camera SHAKE (shoot 250 sec or above)

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11. Don’t shoot too much

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12. Not all eye level

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13. No middle distance

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Tony Ray-Jones Exhibition

If you are in the UK, make sure to check out the “Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr”¬†opening on September 21st, 2013. It will be held at the¬†Media Space at the Science Museum in London.

The National Media Museum holds the Tony Ray-Jones archive of approximately 700 photographic prints, 1700 negative sheets, 2700 contact sheets, 600 boxes of transparencies along with notebooks and diaries.

All photographs are copyrighted by Tony Ray-Jones and The National Media Museum.