Chapter 10

Taking It to the Streets: Photographing Strangers

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Photographing in black and white

Bullet Using Burst mode for perfect timing

Bullet Using rays of light to your advantage

Bullet Choosing backlight to maintain anonymity

Bullet Finding your background first

Bullet Being culturally sensitive

Photographing strangers in urban environments is a controversial topic, as issues such as privacy and consent are legitimate factors that should shape your decision-making process. Should you photograph those people walking down the street? Or would that infringe on their privacy?

I deal with these ethical questions in this chapter, as well as offer tips and techniques for creating the best possible street photos using the most inobtrusive means possible.

Camera Considerations

Street photography as a genre has a rich history. In fact, the first known photograph that showed a person on the street was by ...

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