Street Photography – 30 Tips In 30 Photos

This is really the first photography related video that I had made and uploaded to my Youtube channel. It’s almost been a year since then, and the video has got quite a good response (some positive, while others negative). But nevertheless, I feel that the video has some good tips that might be handy to those planning to start doing some street photography.

So, hope you guys enjoy watching it, and take away something good from it. Feel free to leave ur feedback.

Shillong Smogs

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Walking around the streets of Shillong, I noticed that one common thing which almost every person did was smoke. Inspite of public smoking being banned by the law, yet people of all ages and all working classes, just cannot accept it. And apparently, it seems that even the law has given up on itself unable to stop people from the “killing habit”.



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Fleeting Innocence

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Childhood… the best time of our life, which passes away before we even know it. When we are small, we are all so eager to grow up… but when we do grow up, we realize what we had. It’s that amazing time of our life when our biggest worries were class tests, biggest fear was a bully at school, and biggest joy was daddy taking us to McDonald’s (well maybe not McDonald’s specifically, but you get my point). Some great person has said that nothing stays forever. Well, childhood is surely one of those things which would top the list. Play all day out on the fields with friends, return home like a swine, mommy is always there to wash you up, studying, video-games, television and sleep. Wish the world would be that simple forever. No tension, no worries. But the fact is that, childhood is just your orientation into a new world, and sadly, orientation doesn’t last forever. But nevertheless, being adults, what we can do to cherish those moments of childhood is to see them and re-live them in some other child of today.



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“When you finally go back to your old home,
you find it wasn’t the old home you missed
but your childhood.”

~ Sam Ewing


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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.”

~ Fred Rogers


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“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood,
met an open doorway with an open mind.”

~ E. B. White


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“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is,
I think, to have a happy childhood.”

~ Agatha Christie


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“Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries;
but who can tell or who can explain them!”

~ Max Muller


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“Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights,
before the dark hour of reason grows.”

~ John Betjeman


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“Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven
into the midst of our rough earthliness.”

~ Henri Frederic Amiel


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“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
~ Berkeley Breathed


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“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
~ Dr. Seuss

Unseen

A few months back, there was a one-day Media Festival held at my college (St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, India). For this event I was asked to make a small slideshow with a couple of pictures of mine and a few of my classmates. This is the final product that came out.

The theme of the presentation was “Unseen” – which basically involves life, things and nature that is always around us, but we mostly overlook the beauty of it.

Photos by:

  • Anumita Das
  • Dipayan Bhattacharjee
  • Llewelyn Sheil Fernandez
  • Subhajit Paul

Hope you enjoy it!

10 DO NOTs Of Street Photography

Street Photography is one of those kind where you will find more hobbyists rather than professionals. The prime reason behind this is because it is so much fun. Most street photographers are there only because they want to be there. They want to do it. It is a different kind of experience all together. As Thomas Leuthard says, “Street photography is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

But this awesome fun-filled kind of photography has it’s own obstacles too. And you get to know more about them as you keep shooting. But once you master these obstacles, nobody can beat you. Below I have listed down a few such points that I have learned from my personal experience and can recall at this moment. Hope they are of some help to you, the next time you go out on the streets.

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#1… Do not think twice!

If you see a frame in front of you that can build up into a nice story, don’t think whether you should shoot it or not. Coz even if you waste a second to think, the moment may just go away for ever. Shoot first and think later.

#2…Do not stop for too long!

Always try and notice your subjects from a distance and also plan your composition. By the time you reach him, you should be totally ready to just lift your camera and release the shutter. The problem with standing in the middle of the street is that firstly you’ll get pushed by people (if it’s a busy street) and everyone will get irritated. Secondly, your subject will also become aware of your presence and you’ll never get that awesome candid shot. So if you don’t make it at first go, just move on. Remember, there is a huge world waiting for you. One gone is none gone.

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#3… Do not make eye contact!

Never ever make eye contact with your subjects. Not before the shot, nor after. Look at every possible thing around him, but never at him. Looking eye to eye with a person will only either freak him out or freak you out. In either case you are not gonna get your shot.

#4… Do not look back!

Once you shoot your subject and you are walking away from him, do not look back to check if he noticed you or if he is calling you or anything. Your looking back might just lead you to having to delete one of your best pics of the day.

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#5… Do not exclaim!

By that I mean do not bring the widest grim on your face showing how over-whelmed you are at capturing the awesome scene. Carry a very stoic look on your face throughout your shoot. That will keep you off unnecessary conversations. Of course you can rejoice when you are done shooting or back home.

#6… Do not keep looking at your LCD!

Very very important point to keep in mind for all Digital shooters. Never keep looking at your LCD screen. Doing that will firstly make people suspicious of you, secondly you will miss the awesome moments that happen when you are busy engrossed in your screen, and thirdly you will fall into a garbage dump or maybe bump onto a pole, or worse, bump onto another person.

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#7… Do not use a big camera or lens!

Although this point is not absolutely necessary to follow, but your common sense will tell you that the bigger gear you carry, obviously the more attention you catch, and that of course is the last thing a street photographer would want.

#8… Do not shoot Manual!

This is another point which is very subjective. Manual mode shooting is something an amateur fashion photographer can afford to experiment with, but not a street photographer on the street. Infact there are a number of professional street photographers who don’t shoot Manual. The best choices available are Aperture-Priority mode (Av), Shutter-Priority mode (Tv), or Program mode (P). For these shooting modes you only decide the depth-of-field, or the shutter-speed, or the ISO value respectively, and the camera gets the other settings in place to give the perfect exposure. Fiddling with Manual mode will only get you to lose those precious moments which otherwise could have been excellent shots. And remember, at the end of the day, what matters is your shots, not which mode you shot in.

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#9… Do not be scared!

This is something that I mentioned in one of my earlier post too. And I mention it once more here because this is of prime importance. You need to have self-confidence and build up your courage if you plan on doing street photography. Remember, it’s only a notion that people have in their mind that any person they shoot will come and beat them up. That happens only once in a million times. Atleast I personally never experienced it, and nor have I heard of someone I know to have experienced it. Get you guts and go and shoot. And by the way, at times you might just be lucky enough to be greeted with a smile too. People are not all that bad after all.

#10… Do not get into arguments!

In continuation to the previous point, if incase you happen to be really unlucky and somebody stops you and asks you to delete the pic, just do it. Do not get into any kind of argument. Delete it and get moving. No pic is more worthy than your life. And I’m not aware as to where you live in and what kind of people are there. And anyways, if you are intact, then there will be a million more opportunities for you to get much better pics. Don’t sob, and move on in search of your next frame.

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I’m not an expert, and thoughts may vary from person to person. But these are some of the things that I learned from my experience, and thought that sharing it with you people may benefit you in some way. If you liked and enjoyed the post, then please do share it in your circle. And as always, I’m completely open to feed-backs irrespective of whether you have something to say for or against this post. So feel free to comment.

Words Of Silence

Silence speaks louder than words… Silence is golden… Silence can be life… Words of silence are not to be heard, but to be felt. They are little and large emotions which lie in the heart of a young girl. A girl who still has a child within her somewhere and yet is grown up to be called an adult. Father’s little angel, mother’s best friend, she speaks in silence.


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