Learning Street

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by ssgreenley, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I recently moved to DC and bought a house. Most of my photography was travel photography back when I was jet setting, but now that money goes to the mortgage. I'd like to start getting into street photography now, as it seems the most interesting, convenient, and, frankly, affordable genre of photography currently available to me.

    Does anyone know any good books, websites, or other resources to help me learn this new niche?
  2. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Street photography is the one genre you really can't learn from a book.
    Most of the time neither exposure nor framing are as good as they could be and yet the photo might work magic.
    It's all about timing and having the guts to point the camera at something, or rather someone, interesting.
    You can improve your odds by being in a good spot and waiting for someone to come by to complete the shot, but I would call this borderline street photography. Nothing wrong with it, though.
    Even more than in any other type of photography, the more you shoot the more keepers you will have (as you will produce so much more garbage...) .
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    there is a sub forum on this forum with a lot of great street threads

    Street, Documentary, and Portrait - Micro Four Thirds User Forum

    and the author of this thread


    had a link posted to his PDF on his approach to street that was pretty damn good...


    bottom line though is you have to go out and do it.... again and again and again and again.. and you will still probably only average one good shot in a 100, 1000 until you get actually not bad


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  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    There are a couple of other free resources linked in this thread. The other great way to develop your "eye" if you're stuck indoors is just to study the work of street photogs you admire (some suggestions to get you started: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winograd and many more).

    Good luck.
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  5. Same as with New Orleans street photography don't look prosperous.
  6. luiztakei

    luiztakei Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2012
  7. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    Erik Kim, lots of help on his site.
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  8. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Umm, not sure about New Orleans but DC has a LOT of opportunities for street photography. I am out almost every weekend and I come back with a new experience every time. Plus, the street photography community in DC is quite active. For example, check this collective called STRATA:

    STRATA | Street Photography Collective

    One of my favorite photos ever was shot in DC by Aziz (part of the STRATA collective):

    Gallery Place, DC | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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