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dillonk
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8 Things Street Photographers Encounter
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8 things that a street photographer when out on the streets for a shoot plus how to deal with them, with encounters that include a fear of doing street photography, being torn a new orifice and not getting the shot quick enough.

Uninspiring Locations

Good locations make you want to shoot more, not less. Although there may be something to find in this uninspiring location, it is best to just move onto another spot that you are inspired by. There is no sense in wasting time at a location you don't want to shoot!

Street Photography Stage-fright

Many people will get shy or nervous why doing street photography. It is one of the things that turn people off to street photography all together. If you want to get the shots without being timid then you are going to have to get over being shy, mind your own business, don't annoy people, and enjoy what you are doing!
If anyone asks just tell them you are a photographer and they *probably won't bat an eye!

Subjects Wary of You Taking Photographs of Them

It's going to happen. People will see a big DSLR camera pointed at them and they will be naturally curious (or pissed off). Just keep to yourself, don't be dodgy, and keep moving. If you have to stay still, just try not to act creepy!

People Who Don't Like Getting Their Photo Taken

Some people will simply not be comfortable with you taking their photo and they may even confront you about it. The worst thing to do is to be confrontational and rude. Keep a reasonable distance from people and if they really don't want their picture taken just delete the photo.

People Stop What They're Doing

It happens all the time and people usually do it out of politeness, but if you don't want them to stop it can be rather annoying. If someone sees you taking a picture of a particular setting they will generally stop before walking in front of the camera and wait for you to be "done." Just wave people by.

The Decisive Moment Never Comes

If you are too focused on getting that 'decisive' moment captured, you are going to have a bad time. You have to decide if you would be better off moving locations or waiting it out. Don't wait around for an unrealistic shot that will never happen.

Worry About Getting THE Shot

Don't worry about one single shot. If you want to get better shots then just keep shooting.
If you are worried that the photographs aren't getting any better the more you shoot, try to shoot more with different angles and compositions.
It used to be standard to use a whole role of film of the same subject and MAYBE get one great shot out of it.

Quick Shot, Bad Exposure

Pick exactly the right settings so the photographs come out exactly how you see them when you shoot it. This is the best way to ensure you get the shots that you want. Down the line you might want to experiment getting different types of shots by changing settings on your camera, but for now just try to go with natural!
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Subjects wary of you taking photographs of them...so true! And it doesn't only happen on the streets.
@maymay75 Unfortunately that's something that will always happen in photography. That is why I absolutely loved shooting medium format twin-reflex cameras. The viewfinder is in such a position that you have to look down at the camera to see through it, and that makes things less uncomfortable for your subjects.