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Urban Photography Tips

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A standard lens is what I use for street photography. This lens has a focal length that is 50mm for a full-frame camera, 31mm for a crop sensor, and 25mm for a Micro 4/3 camera. For more information on focal lengths for different cameras, Because it gives you an “as your eyes see” look, I love using this focal length. It gives you the best view of what is actually out there. A prime lens is also a preferred choice for street photography. I think that you are forced to be creative by your limitations. Prime lenses are great for this because they force you to be closer and think about how to frame things better in shot. Because you can’t zoom in and out quickly, and because there are limited options for cropping after the fact,

The Biggest Tip in Street Photography

One great tip is to not photograph the “obvious”. Try to find things that are unique to you, and then photograph them in an original way. There are many street performers at the Edinburgh fringe festival. Instead of photographing street performers by themselves, you can frame them through crowds. You could also photograph street performers being photographed by others. That’s what I find interesting. The festival’s reaction is what draws me in, and that’s exactly what I tried to capture with this shoot.

Best Camera Settings For Street Photography

There is no one camera setting that suits all street photography, but there are some settings that can help you create your own style. Affinity of f2.8 is my favorite setting. This gives you a very shallow depth of field. This isn’t common for street photography. Street photographers generally prefer f8 or higher because it allows you to capture a wider depth of field, so if the focus point is missed it won’t matter much. If you shoot at f2.8, like me, you need to focus exactly. I have lost many shots because I missed that focus point. It’s a risk I am willing to take, because I love this look. It all depends on the lighting conditions. If the light is very bright, I will set my camera to aperture priority (A) or AV mode. I also know that the shutter speed will be fast enough to prevent blurring and camera shake. If it’s not bright (or if there’s no light), I might switch it to fully manual. This will reduce camera shake and set the shutter speed at 1/125th of an second. To compensate for the lack of light, I will set my ISO to auto. You might experience some noise if your ISO is too high, but street photography is all about the shot. Get the shot. If there is noise, it will be noise. You’ve probably missed the focal point a little. Try to get the shot. Get the feel of the place. Then tell the story.

Street photography at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Another reason why I love f2.8 is that it’s great to use for street portraits. Street portraiture is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult subjects because you not only have to set up your style and settings correctly, but you also need to interact with people. When it comes to this, the only advice I can offer is to be you, be real, and go up to people to tell them what your goals are. If they agree to take a portrait, that’s great. If not, say thanks and walk off. You have loads of performers at events like the Edinburgh fringe festival. There are many people who love to be in front of the camera. My favorite shot is this one I took at the Scottish Parliament. It features a young girl wearing a mask.

 

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