HOW TO BECOME AN INVISIBLE PHOTOGRAPH IN A STREET PHOTO
Can you imagine a world without street photography? Think of the legacy that Duano, Cartier-Bresson and the lesser-known pioneers of this genre have left for the future generations to enjoy. We can all play a role in documenting the world around us.
One of the most common concerns associated with taking pictures of street genre is a feeling of invading people’s privacy. This is understandable, but all problems can be solved by following the simple rules of respect.
Remember some of the postulates and you will never have problems when shooting on the street.
Shoot with respect
You should refrain from photographing people in situations that are vulnerable or awkward for them. This is a simple rule: you should be able to put yourself in the scene of the subject, imagining that your photo will be distributed, for example, in social networks. But shooting a beautiful story in a public place will never be a problem anywhere in the world.
Unfortunately, since this genre is becoming increasingly popular, many photographers forget about the basic rules of respect. Scandals and discussions that flare up from time to time can it be possible to remove strangers without their consent; they occupy top positions in social networks, which creates even more difficulties and frightens those who are just taking the first steps in street-photography. Follow the general rules of courtesy when shooting on the street, so as not to fall into an awkward situation yourself.
Take pictures of people from behind
Not every object photographed from behind can be a powerful one. The most important in this case are gestures. Background and light will also be good elements. Aim to make your image look more interesting with an object shot from the back than the same thing if you were shooting a man in the forehead.
In a minimalist approach to street photography, your subject is usually quite small, but it focuses on it, fitting into an interesting urban landscape. Look for unusual architecture, repetitive patterns, geometric shapes, etc. They all create special backgrounds. Wait until the appropriate subject enters your frame, and that’s it!
Who does not like to photograph the silhouettes? Again, the subject must be clearly defined. The frame should be as little as possible distracting elements in front of the subject. Feel free to extinguish glare to get a dramatic silhouette. The less distinguish the background, the better! Photographing a correct gesture or step is the key to a successful photo in this case.
Street photography is best for close-up images of people, but shooting from above or below can also generate interesting images. People in the frame, even small ones, attract the attention of the viewer, without revealing their identity.
Long exposure, creating some motion blur, is also a way of photographing people, worthy of attention. It works well in busy places, such as train stations. The architecture should be interesting, since it will focus on the image, as it will remain the sharpest element in the photo.
Raise the ISO! Night street photography can be so fun. Act at your discretion, but do not lose sight of your own safety!
Think outside the box. Street photography should not be only about faces. Find more abstract and unusual ways of photographing strangers.