Earlier this week I was reading a couple of articles and some blogs about street photography. To my surprise but not unexpected, I found there are many diverse opinions of what street photography is. If memory serve me well, there is an article from a blog was arguing about how street photography has evolve from shooting candid street’s life and surrounding to what we called a well composed or posed shots.
Lets ask wikipedia as what it says about street photography:
“Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings.” – quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_photography
Personally, i have nothing against a composed or posed photography but i have to agree that street photography is about candid shots. However, to make that candid shot meaningful and have feelings added into it, I will say there’s nothing wrong when you plan your time to compose the background and indirectly eliminate unnecessary distractions. In the end, your candid shot is as good as a well composed shots. Like this 🙂
I don’t want to say which camera is the best. Practically, street photography is for everybody. As long as you have the camera in your hand, the street is yours. Whether you’re using a point-and-shoot, DSLR, mirrorless or a DSLT, good photos come from the heart, goes to your mind and projected through your eyes. If you ask me what lens i normally use? My favorite lens will of course a ‘walk-around-with’ lens. Either an 18-55mm or 18-200mm will do just fine. If you prefer a close up shoot but not too IN-YOUR-FACE, perhaps you might want to get the prime lens either a 35mm or a 50mm. Most of my shots were taken using a kit-lens, 18-55mm f3.5-6.3. Well, if you have a good lens for instance like the 70-200mm f4, why not…lets take it to the streets too.
But, there are times that you’re going to find that zoom lens are not that practical on the streets. Most streets are tight and narrow, carrying zoom lens such as a 70-200mm will makes it harder to frame everything, despite the fact that you might look like a stalker…haha. But hey, that’s just my 2 cent. It might not be everyone’s cup of coffee but kit lens so far the best that i can afford (wish I could get a good 18-70mm f2.8).
Where to shoot?
Don’t limit yourself. As long as you get crowds and people everywhere, anywhere can be your street. Whether it is on the Sunday market, fish market, local bazaar, shopping complex or anywhere in your backyard. Just don’t act like a stalker and shoot someone IN-YOUR-FACE…haha.
Here are some photos from my last outing:
Portraits anyone? 🙂
So, you see…street photography is for everyone whether it is candid or composed shots. It is what best describe your stories. I hope none of my words are taken too hard if it sounds offending. Lets all have a good outing days ahead!