17 Street Photography Tips From The Professionals (2 of 3)

This is a continuation of our 17 Street Photography Tips From The Professionals series. You can visit part 1 here.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Use Forced Perspective
Pretend you’re the tourist ‘holding up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Does a bridge look like it’s held up by a woman’s head? Does that man look like he’s leaning against that building? Use this technique to help you get out of your box.

8. Get Candid with Your Subjects
Try to take photos of your subjects without them knowing what you’re doing. Don’t be obvious about your photography, and don’t dress in ostentatious clothing. You should blend into the city.

9. Don’t Be Rude
That being said, don’t be rude. Some people don’t want their photos taken; in some neighborhoods –such as lower income neighborhoods — it’s considered downright rude. If you take photos of street performers, tip them. If you take a photo of a produce stand, don’t hog the merchandise; buy something. Don’t just assume everyone wants to be a part of your art.

10. Search for Color
Concrete jungles can be devoid of color. Discover color in the city in some expected and unexpected places. Food markets, festivals and farmers’ markets are the perfect places to find a little color in the city. Also spice markets and fabric stores can add a little pop of color. Sometimes you can focus in on one splotch of color, like a child’s red hat.

11. Take Advantage of Fill Flash
Photograph subjects in front of the sun; the sun should be behind your subject. Saturate the front of your subject with light by using your flash. Your subject won’t be squinting, and you won’t get the halo effect that facing the sun normally produces.

This was part 2 of 3 for the street photography tips from the professionals series. If you haven’t seen the other parts, visit them at the link below.

PAGE 1: street photography tips part 1
PAGE 2: street photography tips part 2
PAGE 3: street photography tips part 3

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