Tips and Ideas for More Creative Street Photography

Tips and Ideas for More Creative Street Photography

Do you want to take incredible street photographs? Then check out these creative tips and ideas for taking your photos to the next level!

Overcome your fear.

Being a good street photographer means you need to step outside of your comfort zone. You need to have the confidence to approach strangers and take a portrait. Sometimes you may have to explain your actions and tell them what you are doing. Focus on building respectful social skills before photography skills.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

Try to force yourself to get physically close to your subject. Don’t forget to smile and be friendly. If you are uncomfortable and nervous with your camera, you may stand too far away and miss a magical moment.


Go to the most crowded area of town.

The benefit of shooting in a crowded area is that you can disappear in the crowd. You don’t have to worry about getting awkward glances or stares while people are passing by. If you really don't want to be noticed, sit on bench where people will be less likely to see you. This also gives you a good vantage point to capture people as they go about their daily tasks.


Respond quickly.

Creative things happen on the street all the time. Being able to change your camera settings quickly and photograph fast takes practice. If you are in a busy area, you have very little time to document the right moment in rich detail. Make sure you don't miss great shots because you are adjusting your camera. Capturing moving subjects can be difficult. Set your camera shutter speed so it is around 1/500 of a second to ensure that your subject is sharp and in focus.


Tell a story.

Compelling street photography is all about capturing unique moments that tell a broader story. Keep track of people walking in chaos, kids laughing, or interesting faces - that can give your photos that special flair. Focus on people's emotions and build your entire story on your subjects. Make sure the moments you capture are worth displaying.


Expensive equipment isn't needed.

It doesn’t matter what camera or brand you shoot with. A great camera doesn’t make a great photographer. At the end of the day your camera is only a tool. In fact, there are many talented people who shoot street photography with a smartphones. Creativity and vision is the key.


Capture as much as can.

The true key for growing as a street photographer is to practice constantly. That being said you need to take multiple shots of gardens, children, or cities with great architecture. The more time you spend out on the street the more opportunities you will have to get great photos.


It's not just about people.

Great street photography is about documenting everyday life and society. Your photographs do not necessarily have to feature a person. If you want powerful images, try shooting street markets, unique architecture, or random things you find interesting. Why not do a series of photographs showcasing grocery stores or coffee shops? At the end of the day the most important thing is to capture the magic of everyday life so that your photographs tell a story.


Bonus tip.

Once you have gotten a good assortment of street photos, it's time to sort through them and choose the one you like the best. You can then turn this image into a hangable work of art for your wall. Choose the picture you love the most and create your own custom canvas print. Simply upload your photo, choose a print size, place your order and we’ll deliver it right to your doorstep.