Street Photography Tips

Shotkit features many of the world’s most famousStreet Photographers, with more added each week.

My somewhat controversial view is that great Street Photography consists of 50% luck 49% balls and 1% skill! However, there are many other types of Street Photography that don’t rely so heavily on being in the right place at the right time, or pushing your camera’s lens as close as you can to a stranger’s face!
What do you think about Street Photography? Which Street Photographers would you like to see on Shotkit?
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Most Popular Street Photography Gear on Shotkit

  • Olympus OMD-EM5 – there might be newer models of this ageing camera, but the EM5 is still the perfect choice for street photography. Lightning fast autofocus and unique touch-to-shoot feature (check it out in this video interview).
  • Olympus 17mm f/1.8 – this lens is equivalent to a 34mm focal length which makes it perfect for street photography. Sharp, light and fast!
  • Olympus 45mm f/1.8 – if you like to stay back a bit to capture your street portraits in cognito, this 90mm equivalent focal length lens is perfect. The bokeh is incredible for a lens of this size.
  • Fujifilm X-T1 – Fuji produces the most beautiful colours in the industry, and combined with fast autofocus and a flip screen for waist level shots, this X-T1 is a popular choice for street photographers. Check out the Shotkit review here.
  • Fuji 23mm f/1.4 – the perfect 35mm equivalent accompaniment to the X-T1, this amazing lens alone makes the X-T1 worth owning.
  • Fuji 56mm f/1.2 – stand further back for street photography and get some candid expressions. At f/1.2, the subject/background separation is phenomenal.
  • Leica M-P – digital version of the legendary Leica film rangefinder camera. You may have to remortgage your home, but this one will be one to pass down to your grand children!
  • Ricoh GR – this pocket camera has gained near legendary status amongst street photographers for its small size, fast auto-focus and great image quality. Great value camera.
  • Canon PowerShot G16 – compact, rugged unit with stellar image quality at an affordable price. Also features great manual controls for the purists!
  • iPhone – it’s the camera you always have closest to hand, and combined with some powerful editing apps, you can produce amazing work like this guy.

More reviews here.

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Top Street Photography on Shotkit

  • John Sypal – Founder of Tokyo Camera Style shows us a darker, grittier side to the high-tech city that never sleeps.
  • Steve Huff – better known for his camera reviews, Steve also partakes in street photography.
  • Marius Vieth – showing what you can do with a dSLR and one lens.
  • Dirty Harry – original style creates a twisted set of polarising photos.
  • Satoki Nagata – creative use of slow shutter speeds combined with off camera flash creates ghost like portraits of night strollers in NYC.
  • Richard Koci Hernandez – shows us what’s possible with just an iPhone… or rather, 3 of them!
  • Nicholas Goodden – if you’re thinking of investing in the Olympus system, be sure to check out Nicholas’ post.

More posts here.

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Recommended Books on Street Photography

  • Magnum Contact Sheets – offers a valuable and fascinating insight into how the celebrated Magnum photographers select and edit their iconic work.
  • The Suffering of Light – You can learn so much about street photography from Alex Webb, the master of colour and complex composition.
  • Minutes to Midnight – award winning Australian photographer Trent Parke’s finest book – a striking and creative collection of images which will inspire your street photography.
  • World Atlas of Street Photography – the best street photography from around the world. Lots of different styles and interesting insights by art critics.
  • The Street Photographer’s Manual – for those wanting to start out in street photography, this is a great guide book on tips and techniques.
  • Read this is you want to take Great Photographs – not solely on street photography per se, but a clear, concise and well written guide with great tips for all level of photographer.
  • Humans of New York – one guy taking photos on the streets of New York, detailing their stories. Why’s New York full of so many characters?!
  • The Americans – Robert Frank’s powerful and provocative book investigating the life of Americans in the 1950s. A must for every bookshelf.
  • The Decisive Moment – “Within the canon of European photography books it would be difficult to find one more famous, revered and influential as Henri Cartier-Bresson’s The Decisive Moment.”
  • A History of Street Photography – it’s good to know the background of your new hobby. This book provides the history of street photography as well as inspirational images and explanations on how photographers come about creating their styles.
  • 123 of Digital Imaging – to do street photography, you need to have a solid grasp on focus, exposure, composition… basically all the fundamentals of photography. This is the only book you’ll ever need to learn the essentials of digital photography in general.
More books here.