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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. ...

Shrink Things Down

Tilt-shift lenses are best known in landscape photography for generating extensive depth of field and keeping vertical lines straight. Another use for them is to create the "miniature" effect, where a scene is photographed so that it appears as if a scale model has been shot from close range using a macro lens. This has traditionally been achieved by using the movements of a tilt-shift lens to severely restrict the depth of field in the scene....

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. ...

Move It

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is an abstract style of photography where the photographer deliberately moves the camera during the exposure to create an impressionistic interpretation of the landscape. Instead of taking a sharp photograph, you are effectively painting with your camera-nature provides the colors, textures, and interest, and the sensor becomes your canvas....

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....

Lose Focus

Orton first developed the technique in the 1980s in an attempt to imitate watercolor paintings. He did this by sandwiching two slides together of the same composition-one in focus and overexposed, another out of focus and underexposed-to create ethereal results. ...

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. ...