There are so many ways to approach the street genre! From shooting strangers passing by, to documenting an important event. So what do you need to look for when shooting on the go? In this blog we reveal a few tips and tricks you can use to improve your technique.

Here are five pictures from the Street seen category of Digital Camera magazine’s 2019 Young Photographer of the Year and Photographer of the Year competitions that we have received so far.

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1. Look from above

Take a different approach to your subject and get up high. A bird’s eye view creates a more dynamic composition and reveals the bigger picture to what’s happening below. From this viewpoint watch patterns emerge, and people turn to ant like creatures the higher you get!

2. Think about background

This image by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks highlights this key point excellently! Simon has found a great scene and simply waited for the subject to walk into the frame so he can connect the two elements together. The man in the 21st century looking closely at his phone contrasts nicely against the Renaissance figure heads in the background creating a quirky result.

3. Shoot through the action

This image by Iryna Demydenko sparks many interesting questions making you question the image. What are the old ladies watching burn? Where are they? Why are they there? By creating a story and intrigue in your composition your image will engage more with the audience leaving them wanting more!

4. Light it right

Despite there being so many elements beyond your control in street photography, waiting for the light right or just catching it at the optimum moment makes that difference between a keeper and a deleter! Take at Chee Keong Lim’s image for example, the rays of sunlight streaming through the tree in the background pick up the kicked up dust adding loads of atmosphere.

5. Play with shadows

Shadows and street go hand in hand like fish and chips! Look for long casting shadows, silhouetted figures of interest, or quirky shadow shapes to play with. When thinking about your exposure then make sure you expose for the scene and keep your shadows dark and striking.

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