Weekly Theme #7: Street Photography

by Tiffany Mueller September. 12, 2016 3412 views
weekly theme street photography

It's Monday and around here that's good news--that means it's time for us to start a new weekly theme and explore a different area of photography. Last week we took the opportunity to photograph a sunrise and our community members really rose to the occasion. 

Here's the top three finishers from the Sunrise Challenge:

  1. "Calm Sunrise on Boats in the Striat" by Jay Boggess
  2. "Feeling Like a Perfect Sunrise" by Fernando Rio
  3. "A day starts" by Anni

Congratulations Jay, Fernando, and Anni--we'll be sure to follow your blogs so we don't miss out on any of your inspiring work!


As much fun as we had photographing the sunrise, this week's theme is an especially fun one, not to mention one that really has the potential to teach us something new. 

This week we're going to celebrate the art of street photography by getting out there and exploring the streets we roam with our cameras in hand. 

As usual, here's the details:

  • Deadline: September 19th, 2016
  • How to submit: Add weeklytheme7 as one of the tags of your post
  • How to view submissions: Check the tag weeklytheme7

The Dog Saviour by Meghanadan A S


If you're new to the world of street photography, don't fret. Here's a few pointers to get you started off on the right foot. I've also gathered a handful of photos taken by some of our fellow PhotoBloggers to give you a little inspiration. 

Don’t Get Caught Without Your Camera

Bring your camera with you everywhere you go. Even if it’s just for this week. Noteworthy moments happen all the time, all over the place. Keeping your camera with you at all times is the only way to make sure you won’t miss capturing them.

It will also help you stay in photographer mode. Having to carry around your camera will serve as a subtle reminder to keep you looking for shots.

street photography do's and don'ts

Stay Alert

Practicing awareness is one of the most useful habits you can develop if you're interested in improving your street photography. This is something you can do in your everyday life, whether you're taking photos or not. Pay attention to your surroundings, the passers-by, interactions between people, the light, the shadows, all of it. Take your time to really look and take in what is going on around you.

Eventually, you’ll begin to anticipate moments before they happen and it will take your street photography to the next level. The sooner you recognize something is about to happen, the more precious time you’ll have to get your camera ready to capture it.

Shoot From The Hip

For shots where you don’t want to interact, engage, or even be noticed by your subject, a great technique to use is shooting from the hip. Rather than bringing your camera up to your eye to take a photo, hold it at waist level. This method does take practice, but can be a highly effective way to capture candid shots.

Since you won’t be bringing your camera up to your eye to frame up the composition, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the focal length of your lens so you can make educated guesses about what will be included in your composition. You can use this as a guage to know whether or not something will be in the frame when you're shooting.


Tribute to Marc Riboud by Georgec

Depth Of Field

Most street photographers prefer to shoot either using zone focus or on a narrow aperture--f11 or f16--to increase the chances the subject is acceptably sharp and in focus. Remember, you won't always have time to make sure everything is in focus before you take the shot. 

To use the zone focusing method, simply set your focus to a predetermined distance and leave it there. For example, if you preset your focus to focus on objects 10 feet away, you'll ideally want to be 10 feet away from your subject before you take a shot. 

Alternatively, you can use this tool to calculate the hyperfocal distance for specific combinations of focal lengths, apertures, cameras, and distance. This will give you a range of acceptable sharpness for the settings you entered. As long as your subject is at a distance within that range, they will be acceptably sharp. You can do all this before you head out, so you won't have to waste any time while you're out there shooting.

street photography guide

City Life by Helen (GiraffeRacing)

Don’t Get Too Hung Up On Perfection

The nature of street photography is one of spontaneity, meaning you’re most likely not going to have the time to fiddle with all your exposure settings before you take your photo. In between taking shots, it’s a good practice to check your settings. As you’re wandering the streets, the light is likely to change and you may need to change your shutter speed or ISO to accommodate. Doing this frequently will lessen the chances of having a poorly exposed photo.

That being said, it’s more important you get the shot than it is to make sure everything is perfect. If you’re able to capture an interesting, dynamic moment it matters a little less if the exposure wasn’t spot on. Aim to do both, but don’t sweat it if things aren’t technically correct all the time.

street photography tips

Photo by Helen (GiraffeRacing)

Let's See Your Best Shots

One of the great things about Photoblog is the great community of photographers here. It's as much about discovering new photos as it is sharing your own. So, remember to tag your posts with #weeklytheme7 to make it easier for everyone to find your shots! 

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There are 12 comments , add yours!
Tomie Poodle 3 years, 6 months ago

How many posts can we submit to the weeklytheme? If free i will submit fifty for next weeklytheme! :)

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller Replied to Tomie Poodle 3 years, 6 months ago

Tomie, feel free to do it up--post as many of your favorite shots as you'd like :)

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle Replied to Tiffany Mueller 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Tiffany ! i got it. :)

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
George C 3 years, 6 months ago

i'm honored you chose one of my pictures for model in this theme.
i 'll try to participate, thank you.

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller Replied to George C 3 years, 6 months ago

I love that photo! You did a spectacular job channeling Marc Riboud. 👍

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Bzh29 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you ...
A link to Administrator's post --- winners of the previous weekly theme --- would be welcome somewhere in top of your own post too :)

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller Replied to Bzh29 3 years, 6 months ago

Great suggestion, I've went ahead and added links into the top of this post. I will be sure to start including the winners into the weekly theme posts from now on. Thanks for the suggestion!

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Great tips

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for reading, Antonio!

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 3 years, 6 months ago

Great tips!
Congrats Helen!

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm looking forward to shooting for this one - hoping for a day in London later in the week to do some street photography. Thank you for sharing a couple of my photos too! 😊

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Helen, I'll be looking out for your street photography submissions!

3 years, 6 months ago Edited
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