Do you want to take up photography but don’t know where to begin?
Or maybe you have a new camera and you aren't sure how it works, but you just want to get started.
Or perhaps you’ve heard about street photography but you aren’t sure what it really means (hint: it’s not just about taking photos on the street!).
If that's you then read on and find out why street photography might be for you...
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place." Elliott Erwitt
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place."
I think that street photography is a really great hobby. When I started taking street photos 10 years ago I had no idea how amazing it was. But it is now a part of my everyday life and it has definitely made it richer.
Whether you are a total beginner or you just want to try something new, street photography has something to offer you.
So here are my top 7 reasons why you should get started today:
Unlike some other types of photography, you don't need a lot of fancy kit. Any camera at all will do, a compact camera or even your phone camera.
Street photography is all about what you see and how you see it rather than the kit you use. Sometimes shooting with a phone camera allows you to stop worrying about settings and helps you to concentrate on looking for interesting things and places.
Of course, if you do have a dslr, or even film camera then you will be able to control more of the settings than you would be able to with a phone camera, but a dslr is not essential.
It's a hobby that can grow with you. You can start today not knowing anything about settings and the technical side of photography and you can still go out and take photos. But as you practice more and you want to know more then you can learn about your camera, composition, how to tell a story, the decisive moment and how to shoot from the hip etc. It’s really easy to get started today but you never need to stop learning. Perfect!
And the thing is you don't have to take photos on the street either. You can take them in loads of places, from the park to the beach or shopping mall, on the bus or train. You can take them on your way to work, when you are traveling to meet friends. Wherever you are there is the opportunity to take amazing street photos.
Because, you don't just have to take photos of people either. Lots of types of photography have you specializing in photographing one thing, from landscape to portrait. But in street photography you can photograph a bit of everything - people, landscapes, objects and even details. Whatever you are interested in you can get started with today. You can try them all and perfect one of them, or you can continue to photograph a variety of subjects. There are no restrictions with street photography.
Even if you want to photograph landscapes, for example, taking up street photography and doing some even every now and then will really help you improve other types of photography. It will even help you to take better photos of your friends and family.
Street photography helps you to engage with the world in a different way. You escape your own life and concentrate on other people and other places. You get to photograph and talk to interesting people. And you start to notice the little things more. Things like the mark a wet leaf makes on a pavement, or how many people wear red shoes, or the elderly woman who sits at her window with her cup of tea every morning. So whatever type of street photography are interested in you life will become richer for all the things you start to notice.
copyright Thomas Leuthard
And finally, one thing that doesn't actually benefit you but which I think is really important, is that if you go out and take street photos then you are photographing the world as it is now, the cars, the people, the places. Have you ever looked at old photos and been interested in what you saw and wondered what life was like then? By photographing the world around you, you are taking a snapshot of today and preserving it for the people of tomorrow. Which I think is pretty cool.
So you see street photography is a really amazing hobby. All the information you will find on my site is designed to help you take great street photos quickly and easily.
If you feel inspired and you want to get started today (because you really can) then why don't you take a look at my free Quick Guide to Street Photography. It covers a lot of things you might want to know about from how to chose a subject, to composition techniques and camera settings. There is no technical jargon in it, just simple, easy to understand information that will get you taking street photos today.
Click here and download your free guide today!