The goal:

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Dynamic street photos means:

  1. A photograph with more dynamic force, dynamistic energy. To make photos like dynamite.
  2. Make photos which inspire you to move, live, and interact with others!

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1. Movement and flash

First idea — shoot people in motion and use a flash. This adds extreme dynamism to the photo:

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2. Seeing the face is better

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If you can … try to make a street photograph where you can see the face of your subject. If you cannot, it is less interesting.

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3. Layers

Layers in street photography are far more engaging and dynamic.

By having layers, you allow your viewers’ eyes wander throughout the frame, and it feels more complex and layered (just like an onion!)

4. Flash and distance

Shoot a juxtaposition between your subject and the background. Long distance flash … very interesting visual effect.

5. Close distance + flash + juxtaposition

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Juxtaposition between happy vs sad, old vs young, etc.


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