Street photography may be seen by some as an “easy” genre that a photographer like Julia West will have little difficulty mastering, but it involves a lot of elements that the photographer must consider in order to capture good street photos. If you are someone who is looking into becoming good in street photographer, here are some tips that you should bear in mind as you start.
- Get started and practice street photography in areas that you know well. It could be your neighborhood or a place that you often hang out or wander in. Wherever it may be, you already know the ins and outs, the things going on there, some of them maybe others may not be aware of. So start capturing those things with your lens and create some good photography in the process, learning to hone your craft along the way Eventually as you get better, you will be able to go into those areas you don’t know well and manage to capture some great photography with the skills you have you honed when you started out in the place you knew well.
- Consider the types of images that you can relate to. It may be scenes of people in their daily lives, it could be still life on the streets. In essence, the things you wish to shoot become a representation of you and how you think, so make sure you are able to convey your thoughts or feelings in every image that you will shoot. Admittedly, this is a skill that takes time to develop. It’s not a skill that will happen overnight but by years of practice and experience. Take your time to develop them and you will become better in what you do.
- Strive to stories over multiple images. One of the characteristics that make street photography stand out is that you are able to create a body of work that is consistent, whether or not the images were taken in the same area or of the same content. You can tell a story through the images you shoot. You can think of these ideas ahead of time, but it would be better to practice a more consistent photography style for a long stretch of time, then spend time reviewing and editing your work, while keeping your mind open to what the images will tell you, eventually guiding you to the story that would be told.
- Shoot more than just interesting people walking down the streets. One common mistake many street photographers do is to capture images of people walking down the street where nothing is happening. Street photography is about telling a story, and it has to be evident in the photo, whether it may be an idea, an emotion, or an expression. Whatever it may be, highlight those elements well in your photos to make them stand out from the usual “people walking” photos that many street photographers tend to shoot.
- Take into consideration about the things that will change and how people will see your photographs years from now. As they say, the only permanent thing in this world is change, and someday your photos will become invaluable resource for future generation to learn what life was like during your time. So when you capture those images today, capture them with a sense of wonder and appreciation In mind and future generations will feel that same wonder looking at your photo, even long after the image in question has changed or no longer standing by that time.