Learning how to become a better street photographer is something I’ve thought a lot about lately. Luckily for you and me, there is a crazy amount of free information online, in books, audiobooks, PDFs and on Youtube.
This is a little showcase of some of my street photography.
- My Street Portraits in B & W and color.
- My black & white photography
- Candid Street Photography
- My iPhone Photography
While I think tips and tricks can help you, I really believe practice on the street and reading is the only way to get better. See the list of photography books I recommend. I’m not a big fan of photography courses and workshops – for sure they work if the teacher is good, but they are often very expensive and I believe we can teach ourselves a lot!
Also, a friend of mine filmed me doing a street photography tutorial in Mexico and I actually do think watching someone else on the street can help you.
Video: Watch me doing Street Photography in Mexico City.
And it’s important for me to note, that I’m not a professional photographer. I’m a beginner, who is learning how to improve my photography every day – That’s why I started my 365 days of street photography project.
Basic Street Photography 101 for beginners
Start. Just start. If you already started doing it – continue to do it. And keep doing it.
You don’t need a crazy expensive camera to do great street photography. It helps to have a great camera and if you are on the look for a great camera for street photography, I’d recommend Ricoh GR II or Fujifilm x100f I own both of them and It feels like they are made for street photography – I’m extremely happy with both of them. If you want, you can take a look at the camera settings I use for street photography.
Composition, Framing & Angles
In street photography, you have a lot of liberty to freestyle it. And there aren’t really many rules. That said, to make a really good street photo, it helps to understand the basics of composition, angles, and know how to frame a photo.
It’s a really good idea to think about framing – adjust your composition – take the same photo from different angles, and look for triangles, isolate objects, play with foreground and background.
How to edit your photos
When I edit my street photos I use Adobe LightRoom. If you have seen my photos, you’d know that I don’t use a large amount of time on editing. A great photo usually doesn’t need much editing, so I would rather focus on taking better photos, than getting better at fixing a bad photo.
Exposure: ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed
The exposure triangle. It’s one of the more complicated things to wrap your head around when getting into street photography or photography in general. But there is a reason why everyone talks about – it’s what makes or break a photo. For a beginner, and what I did myself when I started taking photos, was to put my camera to the “p” mode, which means you only control the ISO – the camera will take care of everything else. Today, I still shoot 80% of my photos using the cameras P mode.