Istanbul: one of the best places in the world to shoot street photography. Such a great diverse group of people, at the cross-roads of so many vast cultures.


Istanbul street photography videos


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Special thanks to my buddy @ twocutedogs/Charlie Kirk for introducing me to Istanbul. Here are 102 of his street photography tips >

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Also see Charlie Kirk’s Aperture photo on Istanbul >


Lessons shooting street photography in Istanbul

  1. Shooting on Kodak Portra 400 (all these photos) was tons of fun. I shot 35mm film, on film Leica MP and 35mm f/2 Summicron lens. When shooting in Istanbul, I was generally picky about the scenes I shot– but when I saw a scene I liked, I would ‘work the scene’ and shoot lots of photos of that one scene. Learn how to Shoot Film >
  2. People in Istanbul are so open minded, kind, and loving. I loved shooting there, because people were super-chill about being photographed. Highly recommend going to Istanbul for street photography.
  3. I had fun with Charlie shooting at the bus station; tons of action, movement, and fun.
  4. The water in Istanbul is phenomenal; and it renders SUPER WELL in Kodak Portra 400 film.
  5. Moral: Go to Istanbul and shoot street photography once before you die!

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SHOOTING: Behind the Scenes


Istanbul Photos

Work the scene:

Shoot more than 1 photo of the scene:


The look of shooting film with a flash in street photography through windows:

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Bus station:


Photographing kids running around:


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Photos lie: Tell your subjects NOT to smile to make more interesting photos!


Candid flash street photo near the bazaar; juxtaposition between old and new:

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The beautiful water in Istanbul:

The beautiful golden light in Istanbul:

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