As quite a few people are revealing some interest in shooting street photography, I have decided to write this little walkthrough for beginners.:) Anyone willing to correct, please feel free to do so.
First read http://shadowness.com/StamatisGr/eveything-in-focus-hyperfocal-technique-tutorial by our greek mentor Stam.
1 – set your lens to manual focus and rotate the focusing ring to the infinity symbol, or between infinity and 3m.
2 – set your camera to manual mode.
3 – select an aperture of f11. Leave it there.
4 – select a speed of 180 for a start and let your ISO in auto.
5 –go to your window.;) Make a reading or take a shot. Is the image too bright?
Bright images: there’s too much light hitting the sensor. We do NOT want to change aperture, so we can get around this by lowering the ISO or increasing shutter speed. In bright light you can lower the ISO to 100 and play with your speed until you get some balanced exposures.
6 – Image too dark?
Dark images: again, as we will be shooting from the hip, we will not use our viewfinder. As we want everything in focus, we will NOT change the aperture. So what can we do? Increase our ISO or decrease speed. I have photos with ISO set to 12.800. A lot of noise, but the moment is captured, and that’s what we want. So, if it’s a gloomy day, increase your ISO to 800, set a speed of, let’s say 160 and shoot. Play around until you get an acceptable exposed photo.
7 - Let’s sum it up:
Go to your window, let your camera hang from your chest or hip, the viewfinder should be covered by your body so no extra light goes in. Finger on the shutter. Shoot. Check the photo: remember what to do if it’s too bright or too dark. Adjust speed. Shoot, check, shoot, check. Practice with your family members. Don’t worry, my kids almost sent ME for adoption 3 years ago. Now they’re used to it.
8 – Go outside. If you’re uncomfortable, cough while pressing the shutter, though you will only need that in quiet closed spaces.
This is a walkthrough on shooting from the hip, a technique for street photography.
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Please! Keep in mind a few things: street photography is NOT shooting a street. It's the capture of humans in candid situation. No poses, no fake situations! Aim for unrepeatable moments. Avoid the clichés as you progress.
Also one thing: the more your skill on guessing your subject's distance improves (setting an estimated guess in your lens focusing ring to that distance mark), the more you will be able to play with your aperture.;)