Question for street photographers

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Art_P Veteran Member • Posts: 9,875
I'm another

who has difficulty photographing people, so my 'street photography' consists mainly of storefronts, architectural details and the like.

Asking permission isn't really an option if you want a candid shot.  You can always delete a shot if someone objects.

Windows and mirrors can be your friends. you can take a candid shot w/o facing your subject, and other reflections/distortions/backgrounds can add depth to the shot.

But note that some people can get more bent out of shape if they think you're taking a picture of their car (shooting a reflection in the window) than if you take a pic of their kids.

Definitely easier to shoot 'street' during a parade as another guy w a camera won't stand out and you will be less self-conscious.  Take a longer lens and look for interesting people/situations across the street if you have trouble getting in someone's face.

But mostly, it's a matter of being out there regularly and making the attempt... not being able to get the shot is more about what goes on in your own head then what someone in the crowd thinks of you.

Now I need to follow my own advice!

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