My Camera: Street Photography Settings

This is a part of my “Learn Street Photography Series

Alright, cameras settings! We have Manual mode, P-mode, aperture priority mode: When to use what setting in street photography?

My preferred settings for street photography is P-mode – I use that 70% of the time simply because I can’t bother thinking too much about my camera settings when the ‘decisive moment’ is in front of me.

This photo is impossible to take in P-mode

When I took this photo, the camera setting I used was shutter priority mode. The shutter speed is set to 1 second and everything else is in auto mode.

Long-exposure: Shutter-speed on 1 second.

Fujifilm x100f: Long-exposure: ISO 250 Shutter-speed / exposure time of 1 second, Aperture / F-stop : ƒ/16.0 – Focal Length: 23.0 mm

When I shoot with the Fujifilm x100f – my preferred camera for street photography, I use three different settings for street photography.

The Fujifilm x100F comes with three customizable modes. And when you pick your street camera, it’s crucial it has the option to set a minimum shutter speed.

  • Setting 1) The mode I use the most for day-time: 1/250 shutter speed and ISO max of 1600. This setting will tell the camera to never go above 1600 ISO and never go below 1/250 of a second. This helps me avoiding blurry motion by freezing moving targets and keeping the ISO at a decent level.

Street Photography at night

When I’m doing street photography at night, I always go to a max ISO of 12800.

P Mode vs. Aperture mode for street photography

In the past, I would usually just shoot in P-mode – always. Lately, I’ve been experiment a lot more with aperture priority mode to control and master the depth of field (DoF) better.

Focusing: Autofocus, prefocus, AE-L & AF-L

How to focus: This is a tricky thing in street photography because everything moves so fast and your scene is very unpredictable, which is why you should rely a lot on your settings and experience.

AE lock stands for Auto Exposure-Lock. The reason to use AE-L is to lock the exposure where you want and point that camera elsewhere after.

AF lock stands for Auto Focus Lock. The point of using AF-lock, which is something I often use, is to pre-focus at a certain spot, so your next shot will be a lot faster.

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