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101 Things I Have Learned About Street Photography

101 Things I Have Learned About Street Photography

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101 Things I Have Learned about StreetPhotography
 by Eric Kim on September 9, 2010
 In lieu of the popularity of my last post about the “100 Things I Have Learned about  Photography
 
 ,” I decided to make a new list that pertains to street photography specifically. Also if you don’t know, I am currently writing a book titled: “Street  Photography 101,” and the excerpts are being posted here. This new list is a homage tothe Street Photography 101 book that I am writing. Note that there is some overlap of some of these points with the previous list that I wrote, but I thought it may be essential for new-readers to note. Also, feel free tocritique, comment, and share this list with anybody you want. I would love to hear your  feedback.
1. Don’t worry about the camera so much, just take the damn photo.2. Ditch the zoom lens and screw on some primes3. Carry your camera gear in a messenger bag (it makes your camera & lenses easier toaccess).4. Go for the candid look.5. Go for the shock factor.6. Smile often.7. When shooting from the hip, your first 1000 shots will be terrible.8. Don’t make eye contact with your subjects when trying to be discrete.
 
9. Imagine that the world is your stage and people are your actors.10. Feel free to ask people to take their portraits.11. Try to refrain from taking photos of the homeless (as most shots can be consideredas merely exploitation).12. Crouch when taking your shots, it often makes for more interesting photos.13. Get close. Now take two steps closer.14. Shoot with an all-black camera with your logos taped up with black tape (to makeyour camera look more discrete).15. Go explore—serendipity is key.16. The less planning, the better.17. Ideal exposure for a bright sunny day: f/16, ISO 400, 320th/second.18. Pretend like you’re taking a photo of something else.19. Be respectful.20. Change your lenses to re-inspire."The Conductor" - Downtown Los Angeles21. Follow your own style, not trends.22. Don’t worry about the fear of shooting in public. It will go away over time.23. In my 4 years of street photography, I have only had two people to ask me not totake a photo of them. (Your experiences will most-likely be similar)24. Most people like getting their photo taken.25. If a policeman asks you to delete a photo, tell him that you know your rightsand refuse to do so. (edit 9-29-10)26. There are no rules in street photography.27. Always bring your camera with you everywhere you go. EVERYWHERE.28. Don’t take photos, tell stories.29. Limit the number of street photographs you see from the internet. The more you
 
see, the less you will value your own.30. You will be called by others as “weird” for your street photography. Ignore them.31. Look for the beauty in the mundane.32. Take photos that make people laugh.33. Street photography is best experienced alone.34. Constantly experiment and innovate.35. Street photography doesn’t
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have to be in black and white (althoughsometimes it does look better).36. Grain is beautiful.37. Hold your camera with your hand, not your neck.38. Don’t be afraid of offending people. Most likely you won’t.39. “The night is often more vivid than the day” – Van Gogh40. Some of the meanest looking people can be the nicest."The Faces" - Paris, France41. Don’t make excuses. Make photos.42. Never delete any of your photos. Some of the technically-off images make the beststreet photos (think blurry, grainy, or dark images).43. Always keep your eyes open for the “Decisive Moment”.44. If you think your photos are boring, they most likely are.45. Street photography summed up in one sentence: “I could have taken that photo butI didn’t”46. The quieter your camera, the better.47. Don’t be sneaky.

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