Real-World Street Photography Tips

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Are you thinking of hitting the pavement to photograph street scenes? It’s a great way to expand the ways in which you see the world around you. Finding the extraordinary in everyday life, or as one friend put it, “seeing That Which Is Not Seen,” can be exciting, highly rewarding… and downright intimidating.

That’s why we enjoyed the down-to-earth advice in a recent post over at Digital Photography School. Eric Kim’s “10 Tips for the Aspiring Street Photographer” cuts right to the chase. Some favorites: “Disregard what other people think of you,” “Be respectful,” and most importantly of all, “Just do it.”

Be sure to read the extensive reader comments, too, which offer more perspective as well as a few gotchas… remember, street photography is not without risks! But with some common sense and a little courage, and these street photography tips,  you’ll do just fine.

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  1. Just one more comment: DO be very careful in London, or any other big city in England, or anywhere in Britain for that matter. The police – being a pretty dumb lot – will pull you in for questioning if you start shooting randomly, or with purpose in the streets. such as a recent case where a tourist wanted a shot of a typical Fish & Chips Shop. He was held for hours and his picture destroyed. Welcome to the United Kingdom:-)
    Good luck.
    George E. Todd

      September 3, 2010 – 5:51 am   Permalink
  2. Good advice, George. I guess it’s probably smart to get the lay of the land and the local attitude before you take your camera to the streets.

      September 3, 2010 – 4:37 pm   Permalink

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