I am the last person to give out tips on anything to do with photography, especially street photography. So many other photographers much better qualified than me to do this. I also struggle to articulate what’s in my head. I’m much better speaking “one to one”. “Well, do a Youtube video” I hear you say…… Err no thanks. I have a face and personality fit for radio!
Okay, I came up with this little post from a days shooting I did yesterday. I ended up with some shots I really liked…but it took some time and patience to get what I wanted. But there is one I thought I could share. Maybe for the beginners out there.
Sometimes you find a great backdrop that you just know will have the makings of a good image. (Maybe you have seen other photographers use a similar technique). So you take a shot…say like this…
Now…you think to yourself…If only the right person came to stand under that sign..it would be funny of raise a smile. Well I thought the same…so I waited and waited…a few people walked past
Yep…this is the one! (okay not ideal, but you get the idea..) I did crop this one in a bit.
I maybe could have stayed a little longer to be honest…but it was a very quiet back street and not much happening.
Its also worth shooting in “burst” or “drive” mode…so you can pick the best moment. I will give that Tip as an extra – Tip 1.1
Here is another example
The “BOSS”advert was crying out to be used..again I just waited on the opposite side of the road. The trick is to get shots of everyone…You won’t know whats good or bad until you unload the images off your camera and examine on your PC (I personally never “chimp” ie check my shots in camera as I shoot, I wait until much later to review)
So as you can see….a few people walked past..
Hmmm…I liked this one
But…the girl in yellow hat….more of what I wanted
YES!! This was the one – again cropped in of course.
These two were too late…
Then I was in my favourite cafe sitting in the window…I love this place. It has a cool interior has great service, friendly staff and terrific food. It’s next to/part of Popolos Bar on Sandhill in Newcastle. It used to be called the Long Play Cafe….but I digress ….Note: must do a cafe blog sometime……… anyway…back to pics.
I literally was in there for two hours. Like I said I had a great window seat..and its a busy street outside…with outside tables…
So…I took lots of images.
You get the idea?? Shoot…think later…
These were my final edits from that set.
So you have to go through quite a few Indecisive Moments to capture the Decisive one!! You can also realise how many shots I never used at all!
Finally…(why explain a point when you can rub it in ad-naueseum…). Newcastle has a Metro (underground) system…where the steps from it unfold into the main square in the City. With the Sun shining behind me. I positioned myself above the yellow steps…and waited…then started shooting. I must have done this for around 15 minutes maybe..
Lots of great potential……
To finally have three shots to edit for posting etc.
I never really noticed the great reflection in the marble side (it looks like a mirror…but its just marble) until I came to edit.
and finally…my favourite shot of the whole day.
So to conclude…street photography can be more than just walking about taking random snapshots. There is an element of that of course. But the main attributes to have, in my opinion, are patience and perseverance.
Apologies again for the abundance of images.
Keep shooting. As always comments and sharing welcome.