10 Basic Tips for Better Street Photography

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Street photography is a genre that has more practitioners now than at any point in its history. There seem to be many schools of thought on what does and does not constitute street photography. For a good sense of where street photography is today, we recommend checking out the recent panel discussion on the genre hosted by The Candid Frame. To help you along, here are ten things to keep in mind on the street.

1. Use buildings to anchor and frame your photograph

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2. Pay attention to the edges of your frame

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3. Don’t just wait for a person to walk into a scene, look for emotion

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4. Look for matching color

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5. Use dark areas to your advantage

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6. Don’t be afraid to tilt your horizon a bit

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7. Make the most of reflective surfaces

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8. If you have Rembrandt lighting, good god, take the photo

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9. Keep an eye out for how people and animals interact

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10. If you thought you were close enough, get closer

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