Quick visual tips to know when shooting street photography, made by ANNETTE KIM.
“The Decisive Moment”
“Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase of “The Decisive Moment” in the context of street photography.
Definition of the decisive moment:
Capturing what you consider a beautiful and fleeting moment.
- There can be multiple “Decisive Moments” in one scene.
Take multiple shots (10-30) of the same scene. Then in the editing (image-selection phase), choose your best shot
Juxtaposition in street photography
Juxtaposition is the art of contrasting two elements.
Examples of juxtapositions in street photography:
- Emotions: Happy vs Sad
Physical: Skinny vs Fat
Colors (Red and Green, Orange and Blue, Purple and Yellow)
Emotions in street photography
Reflect the human condition through strong emotions:
Pro Tip: Quickly photograph a subject before they have a chance to change their expression/emotion.
Graphical elements in street photography
Identify three visual elements when you are shooting street photography:
- Geometric shapes and forms
Street photography composition assignments
- Dramatic lights and shadows
Strong leading lines
Final thoughts and tips in street photography from ERIC KIM
- Shoot from your intuition, follow your curiosity.
Shoot 25% more pictures than you think you should.
Photograph what scares you.
Take a small risk everyday to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Don’t forget: Be like a kid and HAVE FUN!
VISUALIZED BY ANNETTE KIM
If you’re new to street photography, start here:
- 100 Lessons From the Masters of Street Photography
- How to Shoot Street Photography
- Street Photography by Eric Kim
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