Street Photography is one of the most challenging types of photography to master. It’s technically challenging and it can be a little scary at first. In this tutorial you’ll discover pro tips to face your fears and help you confidently and creatively get great results from your street photography.
Know The Law Where You Are
One fear that you may have is that someone will confront you for taking their picture. You may even be worried that this could lead to criminal or civil legal issues. Knowing the law about taking pictures in public where you are, gives you peace of mind before you’ve even encountered that kind of situation. Forewarned is forearmed.
The internet is a great resource for finding information about the law. There are many photography forums with discussion boards, but the best way to get started is to search the term “street photography legal” along with the country you’re in. Read widely as some sources may contradict others.
In the US and UK, you’re legally free to take pictures of anything or anyone in public. Private land, property or secure facilities are subject to different rules and you would need permission to photograph these sites or use the photographs in certain ways. Some organizations post their restrictions on their websites, so they can be a great source of information.
In France, where they have strict privacy laws, you’re limited as to what you can photograph. Know the local customs and laws, and you should be fine.
If there are restrictions in your country on taking pictures in public, make sure you follow them to keep yourself safe from arrest or lawsuit. If the law allows you to take pictures in public, you can rest safe in the knowledge that the law has your back and that any threat to involve police should come to nothing.