With street portraits, my goal is to enjoy the process in an open and honest way, to make connections with strangers while making their portraits as well as capturing candid moments of every day life on the street.
Lessons when shooting street portraits
👉 Talk while shooting and don’t feel shy when talking and taking photos of the subject at the same time. A smile goes a long way, smile and chat with your subject, even though you might feel nervous. Better to chat with people and have a positive life-affirming experience than never taking the risk of trying.
👉 Don’t take 1-2 photos and run away. Instead, linger around, and keep chatting with the stranger. You don’t know your best photograph until after you go home and review your photos.
👉 Remind that street photography is about interacting with real people, strangers, and being more human. Street photography isn’t just like treating people as photo objects’. Interactions with human beings is more important than making good photos.
👉 Taking portraits on the streets is the best way to enhance your photography skills because this will help you as a beginner to improve your photography and after that, you can take your photography to the next level .
👉 The most important thing to look out for
when taking a photo is to make sure that
your subject is in sharp focus. To set the
focus on the iPhone camera you simply
tap the screen where your subject is in the
frame. A small yellow square will appear to confirm the focus point. If your subject is moving around, make sure you tap the screen just before you take the shot to ensure that they are in focus.
👉 Getting focus and exposure right is
crucial in photography, but composition
is equally important. Without good
composition, your photo isn’t likely to be
very eye-catching. The rule of thirds is one of the most useful composition techniques in photography. It’s an important concept to learn as it can be used in all types of photography to produce images which are more engaging and better balanced.
👉 When you tap on the subject to focus on
them, the camera will also use the focus point to set the exposure in the shot. Exposure simply refers to how bright or dark the image is. Allowing the camera to set exposure on the focus point isn’t always ideal. For example, if the subject is in a dark area of the frame, this could lead to the overall image being over-exposed (too
bright) or vice versa.
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