Street photography is a candid photography which reflects truly what it sees with the eye of a camera, that why we call it mirror to society shows the life on streets. Big cities like New York and London are always the centre of street photography, the main practitioners of the form would sometimes cross paths near most important buildings and streets. One of the great things about a metropolitan or a big city is that more things are happening, even within a small neighborhood, at any moment than any human can comprehend. Photography allows us to freeze one of those moments and study all of the small dramas that were taking place.
The best thing about street photography is that it is possible for the final viewer of a print to see more than the original photographer.
“What is street photography?”
There are countless forum threads, Facebook discussions, blogs, and instagram, google+, Flickr boards which argue what street photography is and what street photography isn’t.
Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, subways, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings. Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment.
Consider this article as part of a self-reflective essay or photographic mirror of society for me to better understand my own personal views. And I also hope that you can take some of my thoughts and incorporate it into your own personal views– and reach your own conclusions for yourself.
Define Street Photography ?
Why is it so hard to define what Street Photography is about? Why do all attempts do describe this genre remain so oddly diffuse? Why is there no 25-pages-manual, something you can read and (hopefully) understand and off you go? You may be able to operate your gear well, you may have done amazing macros, table-tops, architecture-shots and even portraits, you can and should read all of the following – and yet you may not have a frigging clue afterwards, what Street Photography is about. Because it is something very personal. Because you have to leave your shell. Because you have to – in some cases – expose yourself. Because you have to love people. Street Photography is about sympathy, not hate. It is about community, even if it pictures solitude. It can be ironic, but never offending. When you are taking street shots you are commenting, much like a journalist. And this gives you a good deal of responsibility.
- Look behind your subjects when taking their photo
- Use a point-and-shoot
- Shoot from the hip
- Use a wide-angle prime lens
- Use the smallest aperture possible
- Have at least 1/250th of a second shutter speed
- Shoot fully-manual