New fun street photography techniques you can apply when shooting on the streets: The 3D Scan/360 Degree Technique (Shooting Head-on) and Holding Your Camera High in the Air and Point Downwards (and Use Your LCD Screen to Frame the Scene). More info below!


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VIDEO: 3D Scan/360 Degree Street Photography + Holding Camera High in the Air & Pointing Down Technique

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man's face in the shadow. Kyoto

Essentially what you need to know about these techniques is this:

1. 3D Scan/360 Degree Technique

While the woman was crossing the sidewalk, I walked around and in-front of her, and shot head-on.
While the woman was crossing the sidewalk, I walked around and in-front of her, and shot head-on.
  1. Identify interesting person from behind or the side.
  2. Walk around them (into the street, and shoot head-on). Imagine like you’re making a 3D scan of their body, or a 360 degree perspective of them.
  3. Pause, keep shooting head-on. Then continue to walk around them, (and pretend like you’re shooting something behind them).
  4. Keep moving your feet, and keep moving behind them.

Why use this technique?

shooting head-on around people

The reason why you want to use the 3D scan technique shooting head-on is this:

Photos shot from the back of people’s heads are boring. You want to photograph their face. Human faces are far more interesting to look at.

The only way to do this is to walk around people and to have the confidence to shoot head-on.


2. Holding Camera High in the Air & Pointing Down Technique

High perspective shot, with the Lumix LX100 (24mm) in the air, using the LCD screen to frame, and pointing the camera downwards.
High perspective shot, with the Lumix LX100 (24mm) in the air, using the LCD screen to frame, and pointing the camera downwards.

The concept for this technique is this: You want a simple background. The easiest way to do this is use a camera with an LCD screen, hold the camera super high in the air, and shoot while pointing your camera downwards (in order for you to have a clean background, and clean edges of the frame).

99% of street photos I see which fail are because the background/edges of the frame are messy. Start off by simplifying your background, and the photograph will be much better.


Share your photos

woman turning around

Try out the techniques outlined above, and share them to ERIC KIM FORUM for feedback. Or if you’re not sure whether to ‘keep’ or ‘ditch’ your photos, share them to ARSBETA.COM

BE BOLD,
ERIC


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