Tip of the Day: Street Photography Pointers

• Get In close. All too often the actual ’subject’ of a street photograph gets lost in the activity going on around… Get close to the subject, make them the primary object in your frame.• Don’t worry about the light too much. Concentrate on the people, your composition and your safety. Today’s cameras do a great job of metering a scene well. Use their readouts. Maybe even shoot in auto exposure mode.

Susheel Chandradhas offers some "obvious" (but totally helpful) street photography tips at BeyondPhototips.com. Here are a few:

• Get In close. All too often the actual 'subject' of a street photograph gets lost in the activity going on around… Get close to the subject, make them the primary object in your frame.
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• Don't worry about the light too much.** Concentrate on the people, your composition and your safety. Today's cameras do a great job of metering a scene well. Use their readouts. Maybe even shoot in auto exposure mode.

• Use a Wide Angle lens. Being a participant brings you closer to your intended subjects. It can bring you right into the midst of the action. Keep a wide angle zoom or prime lens handy for these occasions.

• Participate. Some of the best street photographs I've seen are those of people who are fully aware of the photographer. You're more likely to get a memorable photograph when you're part of the scene and reacting to the emotions and drama that is being acted out around you.

• Dress Normally. Gearing out like a "photographer" could lead to some hostility. Dress normally, keep your camera bag small and inconspicuous.

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