Street Photography for Beginners by Nitin Khanna
For me, street photography is not just taking photos; it is rather an art of capturing culture, life and humanity, in a candid way. It is a means to appreciate the beauty in the mundane, of seeing the world, and a way of discovering more peace, tranquility, and serenity in your life.Many photographers prefer to point their cameras in the direction of culture and people that they have never met before, over sunsets, landscapes and mountains.
The essence of street photography is about recording daily life and society on the streets. You get chance to practice it everywhere and you don’t essentially need to travel to take beautiful shots.If you haven’t done it before, then give it a try, as it is a ton of fun and is a very gratifying art form to practice.
Remember, your aim should be to capture humanity, emotion, and portray a person’s character. It takes time to master it, but with some patience and practice it is worthwhile.
1. Work the scene :I have seen many photographers making the same mistake of clicking just 1-2 photos of the scene, and then move on. You should take multiple shots of the scene, preferably 15-20, because the more you work the scene, the more likely you are to make a great shot. At times, a small difference between what is happening in the background, a hand gesture, or the eye contact of a person, is what makes the photograph.
2. Take photos for yourself :It is undoubtedly important to see other people’s perspectives and to pay consideration to the images that they like, but I focus on photographing for myself. Take a photo that you love, and don’t worry if others are not getting it. Street photography is still a niche genre because of which there are lots of people that aren’t accustomed with it. Be creative and have a good time. Take weird images, take ugly images, take personal images, and take risks with what you shoot. The more your images reflect your voice and what you like, the better your work will be.
3. Think out of the box :Great ideas and emotions can be represented through the simplest of scenes. Most people mistakenly associate the art of street photography with portraits on the street. You don’t always need to put people in frame, or capture interesting juxtapositions or fitting many people or different objects into frame. There are endless possibilities for all types of images with or without people. It may be tricky in some busy places, but take a walk down a quiet alleyway and look for the subjects that interest you.
4. Edit and sequence your photos :Editing is very important for your success as a photographer. Learn Lightroom, and learn to organize your pictures well. Spend a great deal of time reviewing, and narrowing down your shots, to the best of the best. Use collections in Lightroom to group pictures together, without moving their location on the computer. Over time, you will start to figure out which clicks are your best.
Street photography demands practice! The more you get out there, the more your eye will see the opportunities. Beautiful street photographs come from powerful ideas, captured in a simple manner.