Practical street photography tips to apply when you’re shooting on the steeets.
1. Shoot from a low angle
Crouch down super low, with a wide angle lens like a 28mm lens, and make a more dynamic street photography composition.
Pro tip: if you have a tilting LCD screen, use it and put your camera close to the ground.
2. Three box composition
Divide your frame into three boxes and shoot through windows, or wherever you see natural frames.
Case Study: Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson – Natcho Aguirre, Santa Clara, Mexico, 1934
3. Shoot three people in a frame
Try the “bookend” technique: someone on the extreme left of the frame, extreme right of the frame, and in the middle —to create an illusion of depth and layers in your street photos:
Pro tip: get hand gestures in your frame for more action and dynamism in your picture.
4. Figure to ground
Separate your subjects from the background with the “figure to ground” composition — dark subjects against white backgrounds, and white subjects against dark backgrounds.
5. Pretend like you’re shooting something behind your subject
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