In photography, choosing a subject or a focal point takes precedence before one can take a shoot. Once a subject is chosen, the photographer can then plan or compose before clicking on the camera. It is quite different though with street photography. With street photography, a shooter usually takes pictures of whatever he/she sees at that particular moment. There’s no planning of poses involved or prearranged shots.
The main focus in street photography is to capture an image that can reveal real-life situations. Emotions and expressions of the random subject chosen need to be taken and mirrored in the picture. A misconception on street photography is that the shoot must be done on street. Street photography can be done in any public place as long as it reflects human situations. It can be at the park, in a railway station, school, any other location accessible by the public.
While street photography may sound fun and fascinating, a lot of challenges are encountered by street photographers when shooting. Amateur newborn photographers might find this overwhelming at first but will eventually get used to it once they realize how these challenges can be overcome.
Choosing a camera to use
The first challenge for a street photographer would be choosing a camera to use. Should he use the advanced DSLR or a simple point and shoot camera? Comfort (size), affordability (budget) and purpose are the 3 things that a photographer must reflect on in making a choice on what camera to buy and use.
Looking for the right timing
Right timing is also somehow a challenge for street photographers. These photographers usually choose a random subject and take candid shots. They need to be proactive and intuitive so they can capture fleeting or touching moment while shooting. The scenes are not manipulated so a photographer reading will have to accept whatever is present or he will have to wait in one corner and hope that something remarkable happens.
Shooting moving objects
People are mostly on the move when you try to take a good street shoot and it can be a real challenge how you can get sharp images of a subject in motion. You can make use of the special features in your camera, adjust the settings or take fast, burst shots with hopes of getting some sharp images.
A big issue among street photographers is whether to ask or not to ask permission from people you are interested to photograph. Some photographers discreetly take shots from afar so the chosen subject is unaware that he/she is being photographed. There are others though who ask permission for they find it ethically appropriate to show respect to individual rights. It is up for you to choose what you deem is better and as long you don’t take pictures that might cause damage or grief to other, then it is fine to take discreet candid shots.
Being able to overcome these challenges can make you reap the fruits of your labor once you have seen the brilliant images you have captured. More than that, you get to be aware of the things happening around you. It might open your eyes to harsh realities that need to be acted upon. We never know that maybe a simple street photographer like you might be able to help or do something for the benefit of many.