5 Street Photography Tips
Street photography can be a difficult niche to conquer for several reasons. Their themes are unpredictable, their lighting is inconsistent and the atmosphere can be difficult to capture and relay. In many ways, these are the elements that make it an interesting and rewarding area to explore. For starters, here are 5 things to keep in mind the next time you are looking to capture a candid beauty in your city:
Try not to throw out the usual guidelines for composing a photo. The rule of thirds, strong diagonal weight and well distributed are still things that can create a beautiful image, even if it is more forthright.
If possible, try to capture a form of action between subjects. An image of the people interacting with each other and their environment is always convincing to see – I think a woman opens the door of a taxi, a child caressing the dog of a stranger, etc.
Facial expressions are another great thing to be encapsulated in an image if possible. See a couple in what appears to be a first date? Try to capture the excitement of this unique exchange: laughter or the look of admiration, for example.
Consider increasing the number of interesting items on your part rather than concentrating on a single item. The most important thing about street photography is that you can offer viewers a glimpse of a place they could not be at any given time. The more they can show off, the more they feel as if they are really there as well. Did the previously mentioned couple have coffee in the park? They include some children playing in the background on their part to show the most complete picture.
Another fun way to add privacy to a street photograph is closer to subjects if you can. This is one of the simpler ways of doing this that makes the viewer more involved and committed to the time during which they could not be physically present.