Street Photography Secrets and How to Take Great Photos

There is a secret to be found on the street. Many people never discover it, they don’t see it because they don’t look for it. It’s the secret that gives meaning to our everyday lives. For that to happen you have to get involved, take action. Go out onto the street with your camera and take a lot of photos.

Street Photography has been around for a long time. Most people believe it started back in the 1950s, or the 1970s, but in fact, it just depends on how you view street photography and what you think it really is.

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When you are out walking keep your chin up and look at the buildings. The facades, the doorways, the exits and entrances that have no doors.

Fill your mind with shadows and light that reveal many combinations, and therefore all the possibilities that are open to you. Each possibility is something to work with. You use your feet to shift position, then it’s different from few moments ago, the light changes and you take a shot, a person walks right in front of your camera as you are taking the shot, it can be a blessing in disguise. Later you realize that person helped make the shot — their body, or blurred and moving face created an effect that just makes it a great shot — you will take great shots if you take enough photos. And think about things as you do.

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You need a camera for street photography. So long as it takes a decent photograph, on film, or digital, will do it.

You can think about which type of equipment you really need when you’ve taken a few street photos and have begun to see what your own game is. This type of information helps you get a feeling for the equipment that you really need. Then you can buy it without worries and fears that you might make a mistake.

Skill Sets You already Have

The best results, the skills, the abilities, all of them are in your mind; you have them already, you just need to sort them out by learning to see properly. That takes time — not forever, just patience and practice, then you’ll see that you improve and you’ll notice how you always go for a certain lens length, a 35 mm, a 105 mm, or a nice wide angle on 18mms of street view as you march through town with a camera and two lenses in your bag.

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Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Living http://seandurham.eu

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