04. Street photography

Trying to find alternate city life and travel shots is the focus of this photography class. With the sun up a bit higher it’s the perfect time for more journalistic style shots, black and white images and street and city photography.

In this photography class you’ll learn that being quick on your feet and ready to grab that spontaneous moment is essential to this particular genre, as well as the equipment and camera settings you can use to capture the essence of your location.

In this travel photography class we cover the following:

  • Travel & street photography
  • How to capture movement in street photography
  • Camera settings for street photography
  • Camera lenses for street photography
  • How to frame your image for creative composition

If you have any questions about this photography class please post in the comment box below.

NOTE: This photography class is available with subtitles.

Comments

  1. Karl, How did you get such a slow shutter in daylight just using a polariser? I was out on a similar bright day and even at 100ISO I had to use a 10 stop filter to get 1/2s to blur some movement.

  2. Hi Karl I am from a very small town and have recently travel to Chicago and found myself very interested in street and city photography if you was to give 1 bit of advise what would you give in this area? Thank you and I am loving these courses.

    1. Hi Teresa, most people think of street photography as opportunistic or being lucky to catch the moment. But as you would have seen from this chapter and chapter 7 in this course I’ve dramatically improved my chances of ‘opportunity’ by identifying good locations or light in advance. For example in Chapter 7 I capture the old lady crossing the road with the Eifel Tower in the background. The old lady was luck but the location was researched in advance to make chances of getting ‘lucky’ much better. So do reconnoissance and planning and look at apps like TPE to work out where and when the best light will be and then be there and see what you can get. When you’re there then get yourself in ‘I own this’ mode and shoot confidently but always politely.

      1. Hey Karl,
        loving your video tutorials. I’m just starting out and this is helping me a lot. do you think that you could do a short video on how you use TPE to plan an outdoor shoot and also share the pictures you took from that planning? just heard about this TPE app here and i was wondering if you would. maybe on your youtube page. thanks

  3. Hello Karl, am planning to upgrade to full frame. Should I buy a refurbished 5D Mk2 ? Am a bit hesitant about the 9 FPs. Or should wait until I have a budget to go for Mk3 (refurbished). Please help.

    1. Hi Vishwas, we have both a 5dk2 and 3 and the three is a small improvement better but it is about one to two stops better on low light/high iso performance.

  4. Do you need any kind of permision to post a a street picture in a social media? What if you did a portrait of a stranger?

    1. Hi Cesar, technically yes you should have permission but under some ‘journalistic’ themes you can get away with it. Obviously if the person objected to being photographed then it’s a clear no.

  5. Hi Karl,

    I find that I struggle with finding the composition of the shot…are there any tips on finding the comp of a shot fast….in other words what is your thought process when you get into an area that you think might be target rich in order to focus on certain elements so you have time to work out the shot while the light etc is right

    Great videos by the way and great instruction

    Rich

    1. Hi Richard, this is a more tricky one as composition is the one thing that just gets better and comes more naturally with practise. If I had to describe it I guess I would say that i ‘feel’ my way to a good composition. But I don’t always get it right. Go with your gut and spend a lot of time examining photographers work that you like and try to understand the composition of those shots. The basic rule of thirds though is a good starting point.

  6. Karl your videos are so helpful thank you! If you haven’t seen Finding Vivian Maier documentary yet, find it on Netflix. I think you would really enjoy it

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