Introduction To Street Photography

Over the next few weeks I will be looking at street photography. This will involve looking at other photographer's work and techniques in order to produce my own street photography. I am looking forward to getting into this project as I like the idea and the challenge of creating images out of what can be seen as quite a dull subject matter.

Street photography is the photographing of public places which generally study and feature the human condition. Street in this sense looks more at time then the physicality of surroundings. Framing and timing are very important in street photography. A lot of street photographers use wide lenses to get more in their shot, and every detail in street photography tells a story of what is happening so it is important to consider and look at what you are capturing. This idea of timing and the decisive moment is also massively important in street photography, which is the moment you decide to press your shutter and capute your photo. It isn't like going into a studio and taking a portrait photo because with that you know what you're going to get, as planning and pre production are required. Street photography is spontaneous, you can't go looking for a photo or plan a photo to any great extent, you simply have to wait for your photo to come to you, and capture it when the moment is right. Therefore that is the decisive moment.

Street photography like portrait photography is an old genre of photography and has been practised for years, from the likes of Tony Ray Jones with a black and white film camera back in the 60's to people like Matt Stuart who today use digital photography to create captivating street photography, making use of colour and digital editing techniques.

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