Street photography is also referred as candid pictures these days. It is the art of capturing the moments as they are in the pictures and presenting them in the best ways. They are used to show the normal life or the daily routine of the normal people on streets doing their regular stuff.
These pictures do not have to be fancy or anything. They can be bad in quality but have to capture the emotions and the scenery properly in one image.
Street photography is the art of an observer. It was previously used for just writers and artists as they observe the society and every aspect of it and then reflect their observations through their arts. Street photography is also a one of them. It is the art of showing the emotions and other critical things involved in a scenery.
These photographs are clicked without the permission or the knowledge of the subject. To bring out the originality from them. These photographs don’t specifically have to include people every time but they can be just the normal streets or places which have a history or show something specific which triggers a feeling in people.
Street photography does not always mean that they have to be photographed on the street. They can also be clicked on airport, in the parks, in malls, on bus stations or any such place where you can find people doing their routine task and have no idea that someone is taking their pictures at the moment.
These photographs are all about clicking the right image at the right time to create something memorable and worthy of presenting in a frame.
Your best camera does not always have to be the best in line or the most expensive one.
The best camera is the one that you can carry around with you everywhere and is small in size and compact.
A street photographer does not need to draw more attention from people and has to blend in so people don’t automatically start paying attention to you and you then can not click the actual candid pictures that you wanted to.
There are many different kinds of cameras available in the market which have different price ranges too but you have to choose the one which you will be the most comfortable carrying around and won’t feel like a burden to you. As you are the photographer, it is important that you don’t feel like you are carrying some heavy stuff with you and can easily click the pictures you want without attracting much attention.
Your camera represents you and you need to find the right one which helps you be more like other people instead of the one which makes you stand out of the crowd. You need to have a camera which can fit in your front pocket and can take good pictures.
You do not need good quality lenses or camera. You just need the one which will bring out the natural beauty out of the scenes and will capture them in your camera for you.
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You do not have to be the slave to your camera but always remember that the camera is a slave to you and it does not make you buy the best one but you make the one you have click brilliant photographs. There are many professional photographers out there who do not use any expensive or professional cameras but yet somehow manage to click the most brilliant pictures possible in the market.
Your skills are what define you and your eyes are your real lens which have a vision. You have to use your eyes to find the right view and then adjust the artificial lenses to just click the moment that your eyes have seen and approved of.
The right camera for you doesn’t get you involved in all the technicalities instead it lets you click a picture wherever and however you want without having a long procedure to go through. All these expensive and new model cameras come with dozens of options and a person can lose the moment only while choosing which is the right filter to use.
What do you need to find?
After you have your camera and you understand the right meaning of street photography, there are plenty of things that you have to keep in your mind before you head out to take amazing pictures or some techniques which will help you click better photographs and boost your popularity in the business.
There are a lot of photographers who believe that a street photograph has to contain humans in it too while it is not true.
People in the pictures do enhance the quality of the picture and make it look good but it does not necessarily have to contain them. You can click the pictures of the scenes or places where you can show the human habitat or the impact of them on the society. The society is made by humans and their actions are the ones that make a huge impact on the society. Every single person in it matters and all of their actions are recorded in the places where they choose to live.
The hardest thing to find in urban landscapes is a place where you can sense the emotions or nostalgia or social critique.
While you’re photographing these places, it is important to have a good sense of symmetry, composition and balance as in good photographs, not only the emotions matter but all these things have a great value too.
It is very hard to make a landscape interesting but you can always find one in the downtown or at other places where you can click amazing photographs. You can also go to a place where everyone was just performing their routine tasks and ask them to leave their things right there and after dropping it all just move out of the picture. It would give a great look to your picture and it can be anywhere. A vegetable market, a fish market, a bus station where luggage is just lying around and other such places which you think will fascinate the viewers.
Clicking pictures which show emotions of humans can be a tough job on the streets but it is one of a kind. The best photographs show the real emotions of a subject while he is performing one of the regular tasks and how he feels about it.
These pictures can be really tricky to click as first, you would have to find a person who shows his emotions through his body language or his expressions. Most of the people don’t do that in the public places and hide all of their emotions away so it is going to be a challenge on its own. The next thing is clicking their picture so quickly and so perfectly that they don’t even notice you. If they do notice you of course they will not have the same expressions or body language anymore and you won’t get the picture that you wanted. But if you do succeed in clicking their original photograph in that position and with that face, you will have yourself a master piece.
Most of the people do prefer the street photographs which show the emotions of people and describe them well upon any other kind of street photographs.
There can be any kind of emotion or feeling that they are having in that moment like anxiety, happiness, sadness, angry or many more. You just have to identify them and be very quirky while clicking the picture without attracting much attention from them.
The Decisive moment
Decisive moments are the moments where everything start falling in place and starts giving a perfect view. This is a very tricky point and one has to be very careful while clicking the image in this moment as they do not last long and can fade very fast. You have to find a place or a moment where you think everything looks great and apply pressure on the shutter then.
While you’re clicking picture in the decisive moment, keep this thing in your mind that there is not just one decisive moment in a scenery so always go for more than one picture for one view. You can then decide later that which you want to keep and which you want to discard while you’re in the editing phase.
Most of the famous photographers never took a single picture of a view that they liked as it does not do complete justice to the view.
A perfect picture depends upon many small details like hand gestures, movements of body, their way of speaking and many more and if you click more than one picture, there will always be one that you will like more than others and you can then get that one framed.
These perfect moments don’t come so often so one has to keep their eyes opened and always search for them so you don’t miss when they actually come.
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It is also an important part of street photography to focus on the details in the picture. Most of the photographers focus on a simple thing in the picture instead of the whole picture like just their hands, their feet, face or a piece of jewellery. This way, they create more mystery in the picture and make it look more attractive.
They avoid taking full body shots and even if they do, they create the focus on just one part of the body or the picture.
If you’re clicking a picture in an Urban landscape, then instead of clicking one where you can have the whole view, you can just focus on part of it. Like if there is a bicycle, you can focus on that or focus on one of the writings on the wall.
This creates a secrecy in your picture and makes it look more attractive. In these pictures, less is always more. If you start showing everything is your images, it would not make a good impression as the person then would be less interested in the picture.
Juxtapositions are the positions where you can show the combination or the contrast of two things. Actually, it is just an elite term used for the word contrast.
The matching up of different or same things in one picture is referred as juxtaposition. Like a fat man stand next to a skinny one or a grandmother standing next to a young child or a person in red shirt in front of green background.
These pictures speak without any words and leave an impact on the society.
These pictures aren’t easy to be clicked either. To click such a picture, you can select a background like a playground and wait for the children or a group of children to come there and capture the smile on their faces. Or wait for the parents to bring their children and click the emotions of both of them with the contrast of the background.
Another way to click a picture with juxtaposition is by looking at different people in the streets and noticing their emotions and clicking the pictures of the people with either same or different emotions. This would make a perfect picture for you too which would not require any explanation anywhere.
It is not necessary that all the pictures contain emotions and anything as such. Some of the street photographs are purely just the sense of art, geometry, symmetry and other small details that can be found in the streets. To click this kind of pictures, you have to find proper lightning to click the pictures in and use proper lightning in the images.
You can always make good use of shadows as they leave a good impact on the people and are an important part of the photography. You can also focus on other details such as lines, curves, shapes of interest and many other things.
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