A simple idea I wanted to share with you: focus on building your courage and bravery in photography and life; don’t worry too much about “skill”.
This is my thinking:
- You can control how courageous you are in street photography
- You can’t really control your “skill” in street photography
The more I think about street photography, the more I recognize this fact:
Street photography is so dramatically different from all the other genres of photography!
Why? I think 80% of street photography is having courage to take photos! Of course we also need skill in terms of composition and framing, but still — so much more is about having courage in street photography!
Even now, it is impossible to know whether you’re going to make a good street photograph or not before you shoot it! It’s also difficult to determine which scenes might make for a good photo.
However it’s quite easy to determine whether you see a scene which scares you or not!
Thus this is my simple suggestion:
If you see a scene which scares you, shoot it! Scenes which scare you have a high likelihood of being an interesting photo!
So once again in short words,
To be a better street photographer, be a bolder street photographer!
To be bolder in street photography means:
- If you see a scene which interests you, don’t think — JUST SHOOT IT! Take the photo, and make eye contact with your subject and just smile!
- When in doubt, get closer to your subject! Shoot with a wide-angle lens (24, 28, 35mm lens), and use your “foot zoom” to get closer to your subjects!
- Live your photographic life with no regrets: Better to take a bad photo than no photo!