In this article, we’ll explore 10 street photography techniques to help you get started and improve your skills.
Street photographers are often drawn to the unexpected, the mundane, and the poetic, finding beauty and meaning in the ordinary and the everyday. But there are certain patterns, certain things you can look for on the streets. Some small things will help you at the beginning.
1. Play with Light and Shadow: Chiaroscuro
The chiaroscuro technique is a lighting technique that originated in painting and is now widely used in street photography. It involves the use of strong contrasts between light and shadow to create a sense of depth, drama, and mood in an image.
2.Use Reflections in your street photos
Reflections in windows, mirrors, and water can add an interesting element to your street photographs. Look for reflective surfaces and use them sometimes a reflection can be that complex that it stops the viewer , stops him to figure out what is happening there.
3.Focus on Details:
Details can tell a story in street photography. Focus on the small details you see on the street, something that makes a scene interesting, and use them to create a strong visual narrative.
4. Use Motion Blur:
Experiment with slow shutter speeds and panning techniques to create motion blur in your images. This can add a sense of energy and movement to your street photographs. The sweet spot for these is 1/8 to 1/30th of a second.
5. Use Negative Space:
Negative space can add drama and emphasize your hero. Use the empty space in your composition to draw attention to your subject. The eye will run through the empty space of the frame and will land on your subject.
6. Focus on Gestures:
Gestures and body language can tell a story in street photography. Look for interesting gestures and use them to create something that can touch the viewer on an emotional level.
7. Go out in strange Weather:
Street photography can be unpredictable, and weather can play a big role in the outcome of your images. Be prepared for changes in weather and use them to your advantage to capture unique and dramatic street photographs.
8. Look for Patterns:
Patterns can add visual interest to your street photography. Look for repeating shapes, lines, and textures in your surroundings and use them to create dynamic and compelling images.
9. Play with shadows
Light and shadow can be your brushes for storytelling. Only by using these two, you can create some very interesting images. Look for interesting light sources and shadows, and let your imagination fly.
10. Include animals
In a busy city, there are street animals of all kinds – dogs, cats, birds, and even a few monkeys. They can add a unique extra layer of interest, emotion, and meaning to a photograph.
These are just a few street photography techniques.
They will help you! You will know what to look for on the streets.
But please do yourself a favor and don’t just focus on the technique. The technique should have substance. A picture of a goat without a narrative is just a photo of a goat, long exposure without a narrative is just a long exposure.
I often see photographers who just focus on the technique and have a very little story in their frames. Don’t be that photographer!
Look for Interesting compositions: A strong composition is essential for creating compelling street photography. Look for interesting shapes, patterns, lines, and frames in your surroundings and use them to create something more interesting than just mundane photographs.
Get close to your subject: Getting close to your subject can create that energy of presence, an intimate and engaging image that tells a story.
But most importantly practice and enjoy…
Street photography should bring you joy and happiness.