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Finish on a High

If street photography were jazz, the high viewpoint would be a "standard"-something that consistently performs for you. Whatever town or city we're in, there is often something below our feet, and it's often something interesting. Look down from any elevated position and you can see streets, stores, walkways, bridges, canals, houses, traffic-all of which can provide interesting subject matter. ...

Whatever the Weather

Don't be one of those street photographers who only ventures out on a warm, fine day! Instead, view "extreme" weather as a good thing and the perfect reason to get out of the house with your camera. Snow, rain, ice, fog, strong winds, sunshine - anything but a gray day is great for street photography and adverse conditions can be turned into an advantage. ...

Set the Standard

In the pre-digital age, standard lenses were ubiquitous and were used for pretty much everything, from portraits to landscapes to street photography, but today they are often overlooked and under-appreciated. This is a shame, because it's a great piece of kit to use for street photography, and although this versatile lens has fallen slightly out of favor, it's still used as the primary teaching tool for photography students. ...

Mirror Mirror

Reflections have always played a part in street photography and they are all around us. When you are pounding the streets and there's not much interesting material catching your attention, look for reflective surfaces to make a great semi-abstract. You can use puddles, mirrors, floors, windows, shiny walls-in fact any reflective surface can result in a cool shot that causes the viewer to look twice. ...

Eyes Down

It is often said that we don't look up enough when we're out and about shooting. The same can be said for not looking down and, believe it or not, there's so much to be seen and photographed on the floor. Plenty of street photographers have created substantial projects based on what they have seen by their feet-and some of them are stunning....

Party Time

We live in a fairly hedonistic world where people are enjoying themselves at all hours of the day and night-especially in big cities. Think birthday celebrations, office leaving parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, works nights out-in fact any excuse for a few drinks. In the summer months, people spill out onto the streets, which can lead to even more of a party atmosphere and sense of fun. ...

Banish Your Fears!

We can all feel slightly uncomfortable photographing strangers in the street, and we all have different ways of dealing with it. Some people fight the feeling and shoot away regardless; some will just give up and shoot something different; others will learn a new set of skills to help them deal with such difficulties. ...

Show Off!

Most of us are guilty of having lots of good images stored on hard drives, which never see the light of day. This assignment aims to bring you out of the closet as a street photographer, inspiring you to bring your work out into the op n and show if off to a wider audience. So this assignment is simple: pick one of these ways to bring your work to life. ...

A Rat’s Eye Perspective

Shooting from eye-level is the default position for most people, but why not see the streets in a different way-through the eyes of a rat! Rats are known to be resilient urban creatures, so what better way to photograph a gritty urban scene than to get down to their level? You don't need to actually lie down on the pavement to do this-just use your LCD screen to see what you're shooting....

Be Negative!

Pictures are sometimes criticized for having too much "negative space"-large areas of the frame with no "content:' But negative space is an important compositional tool in street photography and we should embrace it. ...

Shoot Film For a Month

Despite the explosive advances in digital technology, film is still with us and it has made a comeback in recent years. Suddenly, people are interested in film once again and labs are dusting down their enlargers, community darkrooms are popping up, and film sales are rising. ...

It’s a Dog’s Life

Dogs have featured in street photography for years and can make terrific subjects. They don't object to having their picture taken (usually!), they will look you in the eye, and they often look cute. However, just walking around taking random pictures of random dogs probably isn't enough to hold anyone's attention for long-and it isn't exactly street photography. ...