Street Photography for Beginners

Street Photography for Beginners

how's it going guys I'm Josh and I'm very excited about today's subject we are going to talk about street photography so real quick you don't know what street photography is this is basically the same thing at candid photography it's going into your street your sitting your town and should you photos of things just happening naturally without posing the subject so quick housekeeping this tutorial is primarily for beginner photographers meaning I'll go through all of the manual settings how to work your camera as well as technique for doing this but if you're intermediate or advanced you might still find some value in the technique so we're going to start off with the technique and how I actually approach taking street photography and then I'll go into how to actually do it with your camera as far as your camera goes I use a Canon 70d which is a DSLR however you can take great Street photography with an iPhone a point-and-shoot really any camera you have you want to learn more about my equipment what I use I have a website full of reviews of all my stuff link to that right over here anyway let's get into this starting with technique I'd you street photography as being just like hunting even though I've never hunted patience is key so I have some friends that shoot those and they wander the streets following people hoping for something good to happen I don't shoot like that what I like to do is find a nice beautiful compelling backdrop and I'm going to what a good backdrop is later and then be patient and wait for the right people to come in to the right backdrop and when you have a good background and a good floor ground with a good subject you were guaranteed to have a beautiful compelling image it's basically like you're shooting a portrait of someone except the subject doesn't know they're being photographed so it's authentic it's real it's street photography you can shoot street photography of anything whether it be people trash or people that are trash I really like shooting people with interesting backdrops so what is a good person to shoot my opinion is someone that looks either unique or nice to look at starting off who is not good to shoot average looking adults and teenagers that aren't doing anything interesting and just walking pretty blend what is interesting babies and old people any sort of peculiarities like having a cane picking their nose wearing strange clothing all of that is really interesting and also any distinguishing activities so biking smoking even though I don't dodge for it the smoke and pretty cool cartwheeling any sort of strange activity looks great so if you find a biking grandma with a cane the baby smoking a cigarette you are in luck also people who are alone when the shot is totally empty it's just one person all of your attention goes to that person versus if you have a group of people over here it's sort of distracting you don't know what to look at also animals and the fantastic another very important thing of street photography is getting caught people will realize that you're shooting photos of them and here's the tips on dealing with them so first of all you need to know your rights if you're shooting a public space in the u.s. you're totally good to go if you're shooting through someone's private window into their home that is very illegal don't do that for the most part people you should ignore you and not care but sometimes people will come up to you and say hey what were you doing or be a little annoyed and here a couple tricks first of all always be friendly do not ask what you were doing anything wrong smile at them be nice I just try not to make them feel special I act like hey I was shooting you walked into my shot or I was shooting something else turn it around on them basically so you're not in the wrong but sometimes it's very obvious you're purposely shooting someone because you're following them with your camera and to that sometimes you just have to own up to it and smile them say you know what you're wearing it's really cool coat and honestly I just thought it looked beautiful and I want to take your photo a lot of times people are flattered and they might ask you to even send them the photo and sometimes you want to ask people the other day I saw some very cute babies in a train station and I asked the parents in like hey your kids are adorable they're sleeping is it okay if I shoot the photos I'm a professional photographer my little lie and I asked I can shoot it and send it to them and I'm like yes of course don't be creepy be very friendly approach this with the right attitude and you were totally good to go and with all of these tricks and tips let's get into the technical aspect of shooting these photos 10 simple steps started with number one find a busy area with lots of foot traffic and think about who's going to be in that area so if we're in New York do you want people in suits you got to go to Wall Street if you want some more eccentric people you go to the East Village and if you're from a small town go to your town center because the more people the more opportunities there are to shoot and know this is a little bit easier when you're in larger cities so maybe consider taking a day trip to your nearest city but do know you can do this anywhere it doesn't have to be in a city so if you live near a popular hiking trail go hang out by the entrance and shoot people there step two once this on your general area you've got to find your exact location to shoot so walk around look see what's interesting and find someone with a cool mural a cool building a cool tree an interesting pattern of things like it could be two trees when you frame the person in between it could be a bunch of poles any sort of pattern and a cool lighting anything to strike your interest and make for compelling shot is going to your location so find a place you're going to hunker down at step three think about where the lighting is going to be best where is their shadows and where is their Sun hitting the floor how are you going to get your subject lit up so sometimes if you find the right buildings at the right time you can get nice little bass of light on the ground where the subject can get lit up and everything else is it sometimes you just have to wait for different kind of day like gold now where you're always going to have very beautiful lighting for this I recommend you always be scouting mode for photography so whenever I walk around the streets of Florence where I'm living right now I always look and notice when the lighting is good in certain locations and make a mental note to come back there because a location that might be very average and boring at one point a day might have the most incredible beautiful lighting two hours later I'm going to put a link down below to a website where you can put it in the location and it tells you when golden hour is going to be happening and it happens point today once before sunset and once right after sunrise step four we're going to jump into the settings of your camera so turn your camera to manual mode and I know full manual sounds intimidating but I guarantee it's going to be easier than you think step 5 we're going to now set our shutter speeds now remember that shutter speed aperture and ISO all camera balance each other it's a balancing act so we're going to set the most important one first and then adjust the other two so shutter speed is how fast you're actually taking the photo so if you have one second shutter it takes an entire second to shoot the soil and you're going to see all that movement so if you're shooting in long exposures you want a really long shutter speed if you want to see my long exposure tutorial link to that over here but for street photography I recommend for shooting people or anything it's slow moving a shutter speed of one 120 fifth of a second and the reason why is that is the slowest possible shutter speed which gives us the most possible lighting that will freeze the subject properly and account for any sort of shake you're going to have handheld because if you shoot it one sixtieth of a second even if your subject is frozen like a piece of trash your hands might shake and you're not going to get a sharp image but one one point fifth I've found perfect and it gives you a lot more flexibility for aperture and ISO later on if you're shooting something that's moving like a bike or a skateboard I recommend a minimum shutter speed of one five hundredths of a second because it's a little bit faster and it will properly freeze that moving subject step six we're now going to set our aperture and a quick refresher course aperture is a little ring in your camera that lets in light so the bigger the aperture number the smaller aperture hole which means you're letting in less light and you're going to have a deeper depth of field which means more stuff will be in focus now if you have a very small aperture number like F 2.8 that means your aperture holes give me much larger which means you're letting in more light you're going to have a shallower depth of field so if you see those images where the subject is in focus and everything else is very blurry that's shallow depth-of-field aperture was a great place to get creative because it's really just personal preference whether you want that shallot of the field or deep depth of field however if you're shooting in lower light conditions like if at night and it's not super bright out you might be strapped for lighting which means you're going to have got a lower aperture number to let in more light and naturally that means shallow end of the field I recommend starting at F seven point one which is aperture seven point one if you're shooting in the middle of the day or you have lots of light available if it's getting dark outside or it's just totally dark and you're using only street lights then I recommend using your lowest possible aperture number 211 a most light possible so all lenses have different lowest possible apertures some lenses can go to one point eight one point two others can only go to f/4 and if your lens doesn't go that low pit stops at four it might not be the best lens for night shooting so you're looking for a good lens that's cheap and can shoot well at night I recommend the fifty millimeter one point eight only a hundred dollars and one point it's a great opportunity at night to see a full review on that lens definitely check out my camera setup links below step number seven you're now going to say your so and for those of you who don't know ISO is digital sensitivity to light so the higher the number of ISO the brighter is going to be however if it's too high of a number your shots tend to get grainy so you want the lowest possible number but anything below is say 1600s is totally okay in my book so you're going to say your ISO to automatic which makes it very easy you now don't have to worry about your image at all because your aperture and your shutter speed are locked in and now your ISO is just going to compensate for whatever to make sure your shot is equally balanced and perfectly lit now two warnings with ISO Auto first always take test shots to make sure everything is looking properly lit up because sometimes it does mess up but nine times out of ten ISO Auto it works great and second thing is make sure your ISO isn't too high because if it's above say 3200 or 1600s it's going to get a little too grainy so to fix that you're going to have to go in and adjust your aperture to bring aperture number down which is going to be a lower aperture number let's in more light and now your ISO will automatically be lower and that is perfect step number eight turn your camera on the autofocus and they're going to be focusing the shots before every single photo you take because especially if the subject is walking towards you they're constantly at different distances now some lenses can't shoot autofocus as well and they're really slow if this is your lens then you're going to want to shoot subjects that instead of coming toward you where you're going to have to constantly reset it make sure that your camera is here and your subjects walk across let's say there's a sidewalk they're always going to be in the same plane away from your camera and that way you can only set the focus once and then flip it back to manual focus and never have to worry about it step number nine last little setting on your camera make sure you're shooting in RAW mode which is the highest possible image quality and your white balance is set to auto because when you're shooting in RAW you can actually fix the white balance in Lightroom and post later on so you don't even have to worry about it also if you don't have any editing software I highly recommend you get Lightroom it's how I edit all of my photos the great software and I can put a link down below for you to check it out and finally step number 10 is waiting for the universe to align itself and shooting until you get the perfect shot so if you have this composition lined up say you're shooting a door now shoot every single person that walks into that framing so you had it all perfect so when the right person comes by with their cool bike or the beautiful coat for their four babies then you're going to have the photos ready to be taken and you're going to nail the shot so be patient be flexible and sometimes be open-minded if you have an interesting person want by and you're like you know what that person is way more interesting than my composition I'm going to go follow them and see where they go don't be afraid to try different techniques the biggest thing in photography is just experimenting and trying to think now your final final step is posting the best shots you take on the instagram using the hashtag josh cat photos and tagging me at josh caps so I can see all of your awesome work because nothing makes me happier then seeing you guys progress and if you have any questions as far as how to do this what I can make a little more clear be sure to leave them in the comments and I will try my best to respond and if I don't I'm sure other photographers will also be helping out in the comments down below because we usually get a good little community going down there you could also follow me on Instagram enjoy so inclined one other thing I'm thinking about doing a photo review series where you guys can send in your shots and I check them out and our review what I do and don't like and make suggestions on how to improve so this is something you'd be interested in leave a comment down below so I can know and maybe you'll start doing this also leave a comment down below letting me know what my next so the tutorial should be on because you guys are the reason I'm doing this check out my website for prints of my dress photos to see more of my shots and all of my camera equipment as I mentioned so many times in this video and that is all I have to say thank you so much for watching and I will see you eventually happy shooting

45 thoughts on “Street Photography for Beginners”

  1. Greetings: Your channel is so awesome. I normally take pictures of my dolls and some still life photos. Now I'd like to branch out and add more interesting photos to my portfolio.

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  4. Question: Which lens do you use for your street photos on this video? Also, do you always take or use one lens consistently or do you take a second or third lens as the need arises? Thanks and keep sending those awesome videos. Have a great day!

  5. Hi I'm very new to photography (or at least to paying attention to technical stuff) and I'm having trouble with my light. I wanted to try something with the shutter so I turned the shutter speed to 1" and the entire picture is just white. I don't know why it's doing this and I'm sure the answer is very simple but I need help

  6. Just bought the 80d mainly for video although I want to learn more about stills photography. Your video packed with info, great tips on composition perfect for the beginner. Thanks very much.

  7. Fun Fact: its not I.S.O. its ISO as a word, its from the International Organization for Standardization and they rather have it pronounced as 'EYE-so'.

    Quote: nickcarverphotography
    "So "ISO" is not an acronym. No doubt about that. It's just a company's logo written in all capital letters derived from the Greek root isos. And just like you wouldn't spell out "PEPSI" every time you ordered one, you shouldn't spell out "ISO" every time you talk about it. That's why "ISO" is correctly pronounced "EYE-so." No matter how many times you hear it pronounced "eye-ess-oh," and even though everybody and their mother says it "eye-ess-oh," it just simply isn't correct. Doesn't matter if a guy has been taking pictures for decades or working with ISO standards for 50 years, if he says it "eye-ess-oh," he's wrong."

    BTW, still some good points in the video.

  8. Awesome!! I would love to do some street photography but I'm too scared people will look at me like omg what are you doing go away!

  9. Great tutorial-style vid. Maybe try and tame those hand gestures because I found them a little magnetic – visually speaking of course. Thumbs up!

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