Street Photography

Wednesday May 1, 2019

By: Sylvia Zamora   It is defined as: “photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. ... Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment.” The basic question is, HOW do you do it? First of all, it is definitely not a daunting task BUT it requires a QUICK EYE, a QUICK MIND & a QUICK DRAW to capture that moment. It is putting your artistic mind into OVERDRIVE, because you may lose that “Kodak Moment” in a flash. FIRST rule of thumb is: DO NOT HESITATE! NEVER HESITATE! This is always my frame of mind when I’m out walking in the streets, because once you do then you lose it forever. I kick myself in the butt later on, for losing that trophy shot, simply because I waited and lost it. REMEMBER, in street photography/portraiture, there is NO second chance. Random people portraiture you will never meet again, never see again, never capture again. So, my motto is, as Nike would say: “JUST DO IT”!!! LOOK, THINK, FRAME & SHOOT! SECOND rule is ALWAYS being AWARE of your surroundings. Look people straight in the eye, hover and observe (like a stalker hahahaha!) AND anticipate people’s actions. By doing so, you almost KNOW what they would do next and there you are, camera on hand ready to capture that moment. THIRD rule is: LOOK UP! You’ll be surprised how the world looks shooting up! Street Photography’s biggest hindrance is being SHY and holding oneself back because of it. If you are this person, get over it! Being shy will really get you nowhere! Keep in mind that you are shooting CANDID shots, thus, they don’t actually see you YET....... Read more on Full Issue!

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