Shooting on the streets with your camera can be daunting at first. Looking back at my own ventures over the past years this is how I grew fond of street photography and how I’m doing it today.
Not working as a photographer I still try to carry my bulky DSLR with me at all times, and as we all know they tend to be left at home at some occasions due to their weight. But I do carry my mobile phone with me at all times though and while many people think of it as a phone with camera capabilities I rather think of it as a very capable camera with an app called Phone that I very seldom use.
I consume a lot of street photography both on platforms such as Instagram and Tumblr (and I do plan to post my favourite accounts to follow shortly) as well as on Facebook and blogs dedicated to street photography from all over the world. It’s really something that’s grown on me for quite some time now and I started with capturing urban life in black and white mainly on the streets and underground of Stockholm, expanding into capturing people with my camera(s) everywhere I went.
My standard equipment while roaming the streets are usually my trusty Canon 5D mk2 with an EF 50/1,4 mounted in front. I’m really in love with my “nifty fifty” and couldn’t survive without it. And another good thing with going with a prime lens is that I really need to think abount the framing before I press the shutter since I can’t zoom unless I use my feet going forth and back. Keeping to 50mm has made me learn how to frame a shot without even looking into the camera which helps a lot. I know what will fit the frame and what will not just by looking at where I stand and whats in front of me. As a street photographer; that really helps.
And the only way to train is to shoot, shoot and shoot.
Lears your gear, your limits and your capabilities.
What frighten me the most while shooting on the streets is that someone will be offended and aggressive while confronting me after I’d taken a shot. Since I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve actually asked to take the picture before I took it it’s bound to happen eventually and I think I’ll just have to adapt to situation then. One thing I’ve learned is that people very seldom actually care that I’ve taken their picture and usually just smile.
People are actually quite nice, believe it or not.
I’ve just recently came home from Mallorca (Spain) and with a few hundred shots from the streets I’ve got some picking and editing to do, that’s for sure. And with the upcoming trip to New York where I’ll really have some great opportunities for street photography I’ve got some really great days and weeks ahead of me.
I hope that you’d like to follow my journeys on the streets.