Street photography is a weird genre, whenever you ask someone to define the art, you get a different answer. It’s almost as if it has no rules, yet it has many. When I first started the advice I received was all gear related. Shoot with a prime, keep the aperture between f/7.1-11, 1/25o is as slow as your shutter should be and always keep your ISO on auto.
These tips were helpful, the majority of them I still utilize today. They’re also interchangeable, meaning you may have been taught otherwise early on. What these rules did for me, as they probably did for you, was teach me to set up my camera. What they didn’t do was help me take better photographs on the streets.
So I came up with a short list that will help less on the technical side and more on the mental side of street photography. Every one of these tips won’t apply to you, as we all define street photography differently, however, I ask you try them all before you write them off.
Below are 6 ways to improve your street photographs!
1. Photograph Often
With street photography, this statement is so true. Too many people focus on the technical aspects of street photography when they go out, but what they fail to understand is street photography is a collaborative effort. Sure it’s important to know the basics of your camera, but your body of work is based on someone else’s action or reaction and that’s something you can’t control…
This first step might seem simple, but you’ll be amazed at how many people go out twice per week and call it quits. It’s really about effort, the more you practice, the better you get… It’s simple.