Street Photography - an intoduction for non-photographers
Posted by Nick Niesen on October 26th, 2010
Street photography is an approach to photography rather than a location, although the streets are the usual place that it happens.
Alternatively it is refered to as no rules photography. The plethera of equipment (tripods, lenses,filters,lights etc etc) associated with \"serious\" photography is left at home, or better still in the camera store. Its just too heavy and bulky to cart around, takes way too long to set up and by the time it is set up the moment is gone.
It is just the camera and the photographer with their enthusiasm, intuition and open mind.
Street photography can be and often is: Out of focus; a tilted horizon; a soft focus.
Street photographers are optimists, for them the glass is always half full. They go out on a photo shoot with no plan in mind secure in the knowledge that this wide world of ours will provide. A subject, a situation, a scene will present itself all they have to have is the presence of mind to capture it when it does.
Street photography can be and often is: Odd things in the foreground; no central focus; odd crops.
Street photographers see the usual, the every day with fresh eyes. The reflection in a rain puddle, the colours in a crowd, the balance of a negative space. Their minds are open to all the stimuli that they see and they curse the days when they leave their camera at home.
Street photography can be and often is: very busy; a tilted perspective; upside down.
Street photographers are not only on the streets, they are at weddings,school concerts, next to you on the train. They look a lot like tourists, its their favourite cover but they are one without the big flash. It was left at home, the available light will do.
Street photography can be and often is: under exposed; blurred; suffering from vertigo.
Street photography is, what all photography is, a snap shot.
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