I hope your New Year celebrations went well? Did you make any resolutions to better yourself?
Personally, I have 2.
- Keep Mrs Walker-Toye happy
- Take every opportunity to make even better street photographs
Regarding No. 1, mind your own business ;-)
It’s all very well coming out with this bold, “…make even better street photographs”, but maybe it’s as simple as looking at your images and assessing why yours don’t look as good as those images from a.n.other street photographer you know. Can it be opportunity?
One substantial tip I can offer is to ‘take the shot’.
I’m serious. If you are walking by an interesting scene – obviously you have a camera! – stop and take the shot. Walk back, go down the side alley and take the shot! Cross the road and, yes… take the shot!
I’ve seen a few situations where walking on was a very sensible idea and, for safety reasons, I don’t regret not getting the photo. BUT, if you walk by and think, “that would have been a good photo”, then you and I are disappointed in you!
Confidence is the single biggest factor impeding your progress as a street photographer.
I can talk technicalities, composition and framing, and yes they’re significant but if you didn’t get in there and take the photo, it’s all for nothing.
This year, I challenge you to be bold. Get closer. Frame and shoot with confidence.
And don’t forget to smile when you get caught by the subject… which you will ;)