04. Street photography

Trying to find alternate city life and travel shots is the aim of this chapter. With the sun up a bit higher it’s the perfect time for more journalistic style shots, B&W images and street and city photography. Learn how being quick on your feet and ready to grab that spontaneous moment is essential to this particular genre as Karl heads out and about capturing images around the city.


  1. 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

  2. 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


    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


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