Street photography is one of the most challenging but at the same time one of the most rewarding genres of photography. Documenting people in their everyday environment is not easy – it requires patience, hard work and sometimes even some bravery to be able to approach and photograph complete strangers. Over my photographic journey, I have shot wildlife, travel, landscapes, and even some sports.
However, for me, street photography is the most challenging and satisfying genre. Why? Because street photography requires patience, persistence, and luck, like in wildlife photography. You need to have quick responses and react intuitively as you would shooting sports. Just like travel photography, you must master storytelling.
And also, you must be able to thoughtfully and creatively compose a compelling shot that draws in your viewer, just like in landscape photography. If you think you might be interested in this type of photography, read on.
Let’s talk about cameras. There is nothing wrong with working with DSLRs, but it’s good to match them with lenses that help you achieve the prime goal of being inconspicuous (small lenses include the 35mm, 50mm etc). Nowadays we have a great range of very good mirrorless cameras and Point and Shoots.
I had the opportunity to once work with a rangefinder camera, and there is a priceless feeling you get, when shooting, as you’re still able to look at what is going on. DSLRs have a great disadvantage here because the mirror flaps upwards once you press the shutter and makes quite a sound (not great for remaining inconspicuous). My premise for recommending these is because they help you remain inconspicuous: