Even after shooting street photography exclusively for almost two years, I feel like there’s still a long way to go. But I’d love to share some thoughts on street photography overall.
To Scout or Not to Scout?
I’ve heard a lot of photographers have different routines (dusk, dawn, etc.), but if you’re try-hard, nothing beats walking through a neighborhood to find spots that are interesting.
Even the places we love going back to, there’s always something different we keep finding. The way we force ourselves to shoot is to schedule time in advance before the event/golden hour to make sure we’re assembling the shot list and sharing the shots we’d like to try.
An instructor once commented that “good street photographers are some of the luckiest photographers ever.” It wasn’t until recently I understood how this applied to photography, specifically squatting on a scene/background waiting for the right things to walk into the frame. People watching, and carefully thinking through the composition.
Early on I was always a machine-gun shooter, but now, it’s most about making sure you get the shot when the moment “arrives.”
Frame from the Edges
This wasn’t articulated clearly enough to me in the beginning, but what’s on the edge of your viewfinder is just as important as what’s in focus.
Seeing where the lines of the photo (horizon, elements, building lines, etc.) disappear and cut through the third’s of the photo are helpful.
Sometimes a shot isn’t working for you, come back later. Time of day is something you need to plan around if you aren’t already.
Just like how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO impact the photo, the live-elements thread into the equation too.
It’s bittersweet how everyone’s moving onto video. I mean, “live” content is king, but there’s something just so ephemeral finding the right story to tell at that very moment.