Street Photography

Street photography is all about capturing interesting day to day happening on a street. These photographs can be of people, animals, market place or just traffic. All of these subjects have potential to tell a story. Our reflexes has to be fast, along with our camera.

Camera always catches attraction of people. When we are on a tourist spot, then comparatively we are safe, as lots of other people also are clicking. However, on other public places, we may fall in trouble. Once we are noticed by people, we will never get a good candid shot. Over friendly people will start giving a smile or they will wave their hands. Or we will be questioned about why are we taking photographs.

So better way to capture street photographs is by using a small good quality compact camera. With some practice, we will be able to shoot photographs without even looking in the view finder. We can use a tele lens to isolate the subject but give some room for recomposing the final print.

Compact cameras generally have auto focus lens. So we need not have to worry about focusing. We can also use auto exposure mode, which can be "auto," "program" or "aperture priority" mode. Try to keep aperture at about f 16 or f 22. This will give a good depth of field and we will be able to capture our target.

Avoid using flash light. Flash light catches attraction of the subject, even if we are shooting without looking in the view finder. Forget about using a tripod, which is another center of attraction. With simple and minimum equipment, we can casually keep on shooting without being noticed.

Obviously, we will get only few good images from the entire lot of pictures. However, with practice and little bit of luck, the ratio will improve.

Always carry spare batteries and enough memory storage devices. Or if possible, then carry a mass storing device like external hard disk or a laptop. Transfer the data the moment there is an opportunity. Unlike wild life photography, where we may have to wait for days or months to get one good photograph, street photography gives us number of chance to capture story telling photographs.

Learn more about

Abstract photography

Aerial photography

Amateur photography

Architectural photography

Bird photography

Candid photography

Child photography

Digital photography tips

Erotic photography

Fashion photography

Fine art photography

Flash photography

Flower photography

Food photography

Food photography tips

Glamour photography

Industrial photography

Infrared photography

Landscape photography

Macro photography

Model photography

Nature photography

Night photography

Nude photography

Outdoor photography

Outdoor portraits


Portrait photography

Product photography

Publishing-house photography

Royalty free stock photography

Sports photography

Still-life photography

Stock photography

Street photography

Surreal photography

Wedding photography

Wildlife photography

Return back to Home Page from street photography

Return back to Tips on photography

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Join Face Book Club