The 5 Elements of Effective Street Photography

b) Ask: What do you know?

Another way to continue to grow and evolve as photographers is to step outside your comfort zone– and ask yourself, “What do I not know about street photography, or photography in general?”

c) Sweat the small stuff

I also think if you want to become a really great photographer, you need to “sweat the small stuff” – in terms of the details in your photograph.

For example, you might have one element of your frame which is a bit distracting or kills the mood of the photograph. You might think, “Yeah, I know there is that distracting element– but I still like the photograph.” While that is okay if you just want to be an average photographer, you have to really become obsessive about the small details (if you want to become a truly great photographer).

d) Focus on the essential

I also feel that when you’re out shooting street photography– you should focus on working on one element of your work at a time.

For example, when you’re out practicing, don’t try to learn your technical settings, try to capture decisive moments, try to simplify the background, and also capture emotions at the same time.

Rather, focus on the essential thing you want to work on.

For example, one day you might want to focus on getting more skilled at shooting manual-focusing.

e) Say it like you see it

Another way to better analyze and edit your photos is to “say it like you see it.”

Which means this: eliminate any sort of memory or recollection you have of a certain photograph.

For example, let’s say you took a portrait of a guy on the streets. He might have told you his entire life story– how he hitchhiked around America, how he used to be in the military, and how he decided to change his life for the better.

f) Try on an alternative perspective

Another way to be a better judge of your images is to “try on alternatives” – meaning, take on another view.

So if you have a photograph you really really love, pretend for a second to be a critic. Assume the mindset that it is actually a really bad photograph– and critique your own photograph. This technique will help you find the flaws in your image.

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