Candid Street Photography Tips

Street Scenes - On the Phone
Taken at 23mm using a 17-50mm lens, 1/60sec, F/5.6, ISO 100

Today I’ll give a few tips on doing some straight shooting or what we call Candid Street Photography or Candid Street shots. In candid street photography you have to be as close as possible to your subject without being notice that you are taking photos. You have to be stealthy enough to accomplish the task at hand. Here’s a few tips.

  • Use a wide angle lens. Again, my favorite lens for this is the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC.  Any wide angle lens will do. If you have a wide angle prime lens like the 24mm, 28mm or 30mm, that would be great, the advantage of using a wide angle prime lens is, it’s small, it’s not intimidating compare to zoom lenses and with wide angle lenses, you capture more of the subject within his/her environment. You can make some sort of environmental portrait.
  • Shoot low. Shooting low from the ground with a slightly diagonal angle can give your photo a sort of dynamic look adding energy to the whole scene. See sample photo below.
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  • And lastly, The Name of the Game is to Fill The Frame(as the great Rick Sammon always say.) Fill the frame with your subject.

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I hope you found this little tip helpful. If you have any street photography tip, I would be happy to hear them, or if you have questions or any other suggestions, Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

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