How do I get started?
Simple: bring your camera with you on the streets.
Some may argue that there’s more or less suitable camera for shooting street photo, but for now I’ll leave it with saying that any camera will do. For example, a smartphone can be a great (and stealthy) piece of equipment to use since it doesn’t stand out as much, as lugging around on a big DSRL.
This black and white picture on the left was for example shot with my iPhone 4S.
The most important thing to keep in mind, is that you probably will need to go outside of your comfort-zone. This might seem scary, and that’s because it is. But only in the beginning. As you progress and learn how to behave in the open areas, you’ll soon see that it feels a bit easier.
If possible, go for a prime lens. Not only will this help you keep moving, but for the most time you want to go for an aperture of 1,8-4,5 (at least I do), depending on taste for bokeh of course, and overall situation.
But the key-word is to keep moving, and be focused on your task.
What if they want me to delete the picture?
There is no simple answer on how you should react in a situation like this, you’ll just have to adjust by the situation.
In Sweden, there’s no law that hinders you from taking photos in any public area. Private areas, like a store, concert hall, ones home and so on, it’s up to the owner to decide. However, it’s always nice to treat others like you would like to be treated too. If someone asks you to delete the picture: do it. It’s just a picture.
But! Depending on the situation you might encounter, keep in mind that a encounter like this is also a branding opportunity. If suitable, show them the picture, tell a little bit about yourself and why you’re taking their photo.
Bonus tip: Shoot film. In this modern time, shooting with an analogue camera is more than likely to get you some attention, and it’s a conversation starter. It have happened multiple times that I’ve taken a picture on someone i’ve meet, they’ve asked to see the photo/for me to delete it, and I’ve flipped the camera around to show them that there’s no display. “Wow, it’s film? I used to have one of those!”
And suddenly, you’ve moved focus. IF you have any, now is also the perfect opportunity to hand over your business card, preferably with a link to your site, so that the person can go home and check out your work (and maybe also a flattering image of themselves).
You never know who you’ll meet!
So in case you haven’t tried this style before – try it out!