Street Photography Techniques To Give Your Best Shot

Each and every kind of photography comes with its own requirements and specifications. Professional photographers are very peculiar when it comes to various kinds of photography and they follow the best standards for each one of them.

Street photography is a kind of photography that shows the human condition within regular places where humans dwell and travel. Street photography doesn’t demand the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

Technique #1: Choose Short Lenses

It is a good practice to keep away from long zoom lenses when carrying out street photography. They will draw the attention to you, rather than making you unnoticeable. It is preferable to have a small, standard zoom lens that provides focal lengths between 24mm and 50mm will demand you to get closer, and this could provide a positive effect on the street photography.

Technique #2: Camera setting for fast reactions

Don’t roam around with the camera pressed to your face. Not only will you go unnoticed, but it’ll make you miss some potential scenes. Before starting to take the pictures, you will need to absorb yourself into the surroundings.

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Technique #3: Street photography on the best locations

Zero on a promising locale, instead of running around the town in search of pictures. Look for the area that has a constant flood of people. You will get more opportunistic photos with a greater footfall. In order to get more room for your work, you could choose a wide pavement.

Technique #4: Discover graphical shapes in the cities

Find out a location that provides clean lines, strong design, and bold shapes. Create a visualization of the photo prior to having the right people walk into the shot. Stairwells that are shot from above, will prove to be a great place to try this kind of a photographic technique. A very strong visual element could be a shadow, which on itself could become the focal point. Try to shoot from a higher position that allows the people’s shadows take a life of their own.

Technique #5: Start following an interesting subject

Once a subject with potential has been spotted, start following them. However, we are not talking about stalking people, by chasing them around the streets. At the same time, don’t miss the opportunity to capture someone with unusual clothes, memorable hair, or eating habit, or some seemingly interesting pet walking down the path. This kind of approach works very well in your known areas. If your street photography is kept local, and if you have built  a mental map of the prime locations, you will be able to put up yourself in a great position with the background and subject could come together.

Technique #6: Usage of Juxtaposition

Look for ways in which you could capture witty or unreal photos, without diving into photographic clichés. Some billboard image seeming to talk with a live person, or a hand from the billboard image looking as if guiding a person would say things and will be a different case.

Technique #7: Candids

One of the toughest elements of street photography is building trust, so that the person allows you to take the pictures candidly.

It is likely that you don’t want the subject to get angry, or you may not even want them to smile at the camera as you want to keep it natural.

Shooting candid is to an extent working at the longer end of a zoom lens range, however, it should be kept in mind that the attention may be drawn towards you.

In the United Kingdom, you are free to click the photos of people in public places, however you need to bear in mind the sensitivities of some of the subjects and locations. You could take some of your works on the street to show that you are a passionate photographer.

Conclusion

There is more to street photography than what we see with our eyes. Numerous elements are taken into consideration to get the right shot from your lens. However, it is a fun activity and there are maximum chances that you will always get some interesting pictures out of it.

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An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography April 24th – May 14th.

Please stop by our exhibition Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography  which will be on view from April 24th – May 14th.

The opening reception for the exhibitions will still be on April 30th from 6pm – 8pm.

Agora Gallery · 530 West 25th Street · New York, NY 10001 · USA

Morning in Tuscany Italy Photographic Print on Dibond 29.5″ x 39.5″

 

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An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography

 

About the Artist

Delicately balanced and exquisitely detailed, Valerii Tkachenko’s photographs are gems of the landscape genre. Tkachenko travels the world to capture the most romantic city images – iconic images such as Venetian canals and Parisian bicycle stands, but also often overlooked urban beauties such as medieval alleyways and bays crisscrossed by fishing boats. The photographs focus on a single street, bridge, or waterway, and pack in as much detail as possible. There are no people or even animals, only the living, breathing city. Tkachenko’s influences are diverse, ranging from ancient Chinese calligraphy to twentieth century photographers like Ansel Adams, Don Hong-Oai, and Alfred Stieglitz. He also experiments with different printing and coloring processes including, recently, photogravure, to achieve subtle shifts in atmosphere: a warm sepia tint for a lit-up Bruges street, versus a majestic blue-gray wash for a snow-covered mountain. For Tkachenko, landscape is an emotional subject. The viewer should not only see the image, but enter into the environment and experience it.

Valerii Tkachenko was born in the Poltava region of Ukraine and today lives in Kiev. He has exhibited in Italy, Austria, England, and the United States.

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Travel photography of the Month – April 2015

Travel photography of the Month – April 2015

This month’s Travel Image of the Month is selected from an Album by Valerii Tkachenko.

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Travel photography of the Month April 2015

Valerii is a city landscape fine art photographer living in Kiev, Ukraine. He was born in Poltava region, Ukraine. He has always liked taking pictures and admired the classic photographers like Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and a Chinese artist Dong Hong-Oai. He experiments with the traditional Chinese style, added calligraphy and modeled an ancient style in his travel urban photographs.
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Fine art photography “Spring in Ukraine”

Fine art photography “Spring in Ukraine”

Spring
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins begins, “Nothing is so beautiful as spring.” If there is anything more beautiful, it is this poem. It has a heightened, rapturous and intoxicated quality: “The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush / the descending blue; that blue is all in a rush / with richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.” On a spring morning it is a poem one can recite that makes spring seem more intensely itself: even the lambs have been partying, and how that hallucinogenic “glassy” carries the line forward, unexpectedly filling it with light

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Fine art photography “Spring in Ukraine”

 

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Fine art photography “Spring in Ukraine”

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Fine art prints sport photography

Fine art prints sport photography

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Fine art prints sport photography

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Winter mountains Sport photography

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Winter mountains Sport photography

Winter mountains Sport photography

 

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Winter mountains Sport photography

 

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Winter mountains Sport photography

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Fine art print “New York at dusk light”

Fine art print “New York at dusk light”

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Fine art print “New York at dusk light”

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landscape and fine art photographer Valerii Tkachenko is part of a group exhibition at Agora Gallery in New York City

Landscape and fine art photographer Valerii Tkachenko is part of a group exhibition at Agora Gallery in New York City

Brooklyn-based landscape and fine art photographer Valerii Tkachenko is part of a group exhibition at Agora Gallery in New York City. Tkachenko will showcase his landscape and travel work in the show Illumination. The exhibition runs from November 4 to November 25. Tkachenko was born in the Poltava region of the Ukraine and enjoys experimenting with different styles for his urban and travel photography. Agora Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of national and international artists. See more at Tkachenko’s site http://www.valeriitkachenkophoto.com and at his blog http://blog.valeriitkachenkophoto.com.
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Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography

November 4 – November 25, 2014

530 W. 25th St, New York City

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Fine art prints “Raining fall” in Paris

Fine art prints “Raining fall” in Paris

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Fine art prints “Raining fall” in Paris

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Art photography Budapest Parliament at night light in black and white

Art photography Budapest Parliament at night light in black and white

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Art photography Budapest Parliament at night light in black and white

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