Top Tips for Candid Street Photography

Street Photography - "Handbag"Images of street photography can be striking, thought-provoking, insightful.

But to take street photography is very different to taking other type of photography. So, how best to go about it? What are the tips and tricks?

Set your camera ready for action

Whatever the camera, choose a setting that has you a) choose your focal point and b) be quick. Nothing is worse than taking a photo where the tree in the background is sharp but the artistic looking gentleman in the foreground is all blurry.

Or worse, you’re still fiddling with your settings while that said gentleman has already entered a shop around the corner.

Select aperture priority mode (AV or A on most cameras) on your digital camera* and set it to between f/5.6 and f/8. The smaller the number, the blurrier the background, but also, the shallower your depth of field will be. Best be extra careful to accurately set your focal point the smaller the f-stop you choose.

Having set the focus on your subject using the central focal point, you are best to re-frame to shoot. That way you get your subject tack sharp, and can also compose your photo the way you intend to. With a little practice I’ve found this the fastest and surest way to take candid street photography.

Join Photo Walks

Street Photography - "Hey"The photos in this post were shot during a Photo Walk through Vienna that I recently attended. Going on a Photo Walk  is also a great way to practice your street photography – being part of a group of like-minded people is fun and a great way to learn new skills.

Check out Vienna Photo Walk, for a regular photo walk I’m organising in Vienna (and soon to European destinations) – we’re a great bunch of photographers of all levels.🙂 Join our friendly group.

If you’re not based in Vienna, join a Photo Walk in your area – or start up your own group.😉

What is your top tip for street photography?

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*My photos are usually shot with my Canon 550d DSLR and during this shot I used my 50mm 1.8 II prime lens.

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