Candid Street Photography With A Wide Angle Zoom Lens
July 1, 2011
As some of you may have known, I love to get close when I do candid street photography. Not just close, but sometimes, very close. I seldom use a telephoto simply because I want to capture a photograph of the subject in it’s environment. My favorite lens to use is a wide angle lens, in the 10-22mm or a 17-55mm range on a crop sensor body. Lately most of my candid street shots where taken with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens
One thing to remember when using a wide angle lens is, you have to be really really close to your subject to capture interesting candids. And because you’re so close and within his / her space, you will surely get some amazing reaction from people which will make the photograph more realistic, captivating and alive.
A Man Talking On Cellphone – Washington DC Chinatown. EF-s 10-22mm @ 17mm
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By getting close to your subject you became part of the story, part of the scene, and not just a distant, observer.Those reactions that you get from their faces the moment they react makes your photograph alive and timeless.
- Canon Rebel. I prefer the Canon Rebels, without the battery grips because they are small and light.
- Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Ultra Wide Lens or
- Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 SP XR Di II VC