February 15, 2018


Photograph by Bora, Instagram Feed @bora.vs.bora

Synonymously seen like the art of fishing, Street Photography, sometimes referred to as Candid photography certainly has more than meets the eye, from scouting for Human Architecture” to telling a story through your shoots. 

While the internet is flooded with an avalanche of articles and opinions about it, one thing is certain, it’s bedrock is simplicity with a requirement for authenticity, patience and love for the art. It is expedient to find what you are intrigued while not hunting/chasing your characters.

Photo by Jamel Shabazz Instagram feed: @jamelshabazz


To get your foot at the door” here are basic things to know:

1. Get your camera set upfront; opportunity lost on that shot may never be regained.

    2. Find a busy area with lots of walking around

    Photo by Yannik H. Instagram Feed: @drygin_and_cigarettestubs

    3. Think and aim for where lighting is best (Sunshine, streetlights etc)

    4. Engage with the eye of the subject when taking portraits

    Photo by Gagan Sadana Instagram feed: @streetphotolondon

    4. Look for Contrasts and opposites (Old/Young, Up/Down, Standing/Sitting, Left/Right)

    Photo by Steve McCurry Instagram feed: @stevemccurryofficial

    5. Spike up your images by shooting through glass (Using reflectors)

    Photo by Jose Luis Barcia Instagram Feed: @joseluisbarcia

    6. If you choose to NOT be anonymous, maybe try approaching your subject, keeping in mind you might be turned down, be friendly, request for an email to share the picture

    Photograph by Benjamin Lee Instagram Feed @itchban

    7. Stop waiting for the perfect shot, there is beauty in the unusual and strange things

    Photo by @instakerala
    In conclusion, like this excerpt from the book VIVIAN MAIER: STREET PHOTOGRAPHER as edited by John Maloof A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers”
    Photo by @vivianmaier_
    Keep shooting!

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