Author : Adam Backer
In this post of mine I’d like to discuss certain general things about street photography. When it comes to street, it’s all about capturing interesting scenes, moments and elements that one would come across. I know it’s something quite understood, there is no point in me elaborating on it anyway.
First lets get into the most commonly asked question, “What should be the gear I should be carrying? The simple answer, “Be light.”
I really mean it when I say, “Be light.” You never want to get noticed, isn’t it?
If you’re to carry a bag, always make it a simple one, preferably not a camera bag. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to look like a pro, isn’t it?
Coming to the lens, one would require two focal lengths mainly 35mm and 50mm. I’d suggest you've a prime lens. The prime lens offer the advantage of using wider apertures, which would turn handy in low light conditions. I see them in a different way, because they are small, so you’re less likely to get noticed.
Be watchful and simply give your best. Shot aesthetics and framing is of least concern, just hit the hell out of the scene! When doing street I’ve always believed in something I often tell myself, “If it’s in your mind, it’s in your shot.”
Below I’d like to share with you some of my shots taken at Abhra, Dubai, 2012.
Once back after the shoot, like every one I’d like to see my pictures on screen. During the post-production I’d make sure the following elements are taken care after Black & White conversion:
- The quality of Sharpness of the shot.
- I crop if needed (If and only if required, most cases this is a least preferred action though.)
- Better the contrast.
- Split-tone the picture (3-6% orange in the warm tone area, 3-6% green in the shadow area)
Equipment: Canon 5D MII, Canon 17-40mm f4 L IS USM, Canon 50mm f1.4
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