Tuesday, February 7

100 Things I Have Learnt About Street Photography

Just sharing this to my fellow Pinoy and Pinoy Shutterbugs from Invisible Photographer Asia. There are actually 101 things to be learned from it (I removed one since it has nothing to do with me). I think I got some already and all I need is to add the rest for me to be an effective street photographer.

Here are 100 Things I Have Learned (Will Learn) About Street Photography

My Dream Camera for the Moment. XD

1. Don’t worry about the camera so much, just take the damn photo.
2. Ditch the zoom lens and screw on some primes
3. Carry your camera gear in a messenger bag  (it makes your camera & lenses easier to access).
4. Go for the candid look.
5. Go for the shock factor.
6. Smile often.
7. When shooting from the hip, your first 1000 shots will be terrible.
8. Don’t make eye contact with your subjects when trying to be discrete.
9. Imagine that the world is your stage and people are your actors.
10. Feel free to ask people to take their portraits.

11. Try to refrain from taking photos of the homeless (as most shots can be considered as merely exploitation).
12. Crouch when taking your shots, it often makes for more interesting photos.
13. Get close. Now take two steps closer.
14. Shoot with an all-black camera with your logos taped up with black tape (to make your camera look more discrete).
15. Go explore—serendipity is key.
16. The less planning, the better.
17. Ideal exposure for a bright sunny day: f/16, ISO 400, 320th/second.
18. Pretend like you’re taking a photo of something else.
19. Be respectful.
20. Change your lenses to re-inspire.

21. Follow your own style, not trends.
22. Don’t worry about the fear of shooting in public. It will go away over time.
23. Most people like getting their photo taken.
24. If a policeman asks you to delete a photo, tell him you know your rights and refuse to do so.
25. There are no rules in street photography.
26. Always bring your camera with you everywhere you go. EVERYWHERE.
27. Don’t take photos, tell stories.
28. Limit the number of street photographs you see from the internet. The more you see, the less you will value your own.
29. You will be called by others as “weird” for your street photography. Ignore them.
30. Look for the beauty in the mundane.

31. Take photos that make people laugh.
32. Street photography is best experienced alone.
33. Constantly experiment and innovate.
34. Street photography doesn’t have to be in black and white (although sometimes it does look better).
35. Grain is beautiful.
36. Hold your camera with your hand, not your neck.
37. Don’t be afraid of offending people. Most likely you won’t.
38. “The night is often more vivid than the day” – Van Gogh
39. Some of the meanest looking people can be the nicest.
40. Don’t make excuses. Make photos.

41. Never delete any of your photos. Some of the technically-off images make the best street photos (think blurry, grainy, or dark images).
42. Always keep your eyes open for the “Decisive Moment”.
43. If you think your photos are boring, they most likely are.
44. Street photography summed up in one sentence: “I could have taken that photo but I didn’t”
45. The quieter your camera, the better.
46. Don’t be sneaky.
47. Wide Angle > Telephoto for street photography
48. Everybody in the streets has a story to tell.
49. Street photography is not just about the photos, but the experiences.

50. You don’t need to be in Paris to take great street photographs. Your backyard is equally as good.

51. See life through the eyes of your subjects.
52. A well-cropped image can often tell a better story.
53. Juxtapose.
54. Look for the light.
55. Go off the beaten path.
56. Have the mind of a child and wander. This is how you will find your best photographs.
57. Only show your best photographs. This will strengthen your images.
58. If someone says that you are “really lucky,” slap them.
59. The more photos you take, the better.
60. Your subjects are people, not prey.

61. Spread the love of street photography with your friends and family.
62. Less is more.
63. Get meaningful critique of your street photography from an online community. It will help you tremendously.
64. Street photographs are subjective.
65. Look at what other people aren’t looking at.
66. Do not stress over amazing shots that you may have missed. Simply move on and strive to take a better shot.
67. Create a series or a theme for your street photographs. They will help create a style for you.
68. See with your eyes, not your camera.
69. There is no such thing as the “perfect photo”.
70. Timing is key.

71. You don’t have to take a photo of everything. Don’t feel guilty for just enjoying the moment.
72. If you are a beginner, don’t worry about the settings too much. Just toss your camera on auto mode and go shooting.
73. Don’t look for photo opportunities. Have them find you.
74. Children cannot see your camera.
75. If you ask to take a portrait of a stranger on the street, ask them for their email so you can send them their image. (they will love it).
76. Don’t forget to look up and down.
77. No subject is too ordinary to shoot.
78. Always carry a spare battery and memory card on hand. This has saved my ass half a million times.
79. Don’t be afraid to push your ISO higher.
80. Learn how to shoot without using the viewfinder and make it a second instinct. Thus also…

81. Practice shooting from the hip.
82. You will never encounter the same shot twice. Now swallow that fact and digest it.
83. Street photography is a lot like swimming. You have to do it to truly learn it.
84. Draw inspiration from other photographs, don’t steal them.
85. Street photography is a lot like fishing. Sometimes you catch a whole bunch, sometimes you catch none.
86. Getting one or two keeps from an entire day of shooting is a good number.
87. If someone asks you to delete a photo of them, just do it. It isn’t worth the trouble.
88. Be smart: ie don’t go shooting in the hood by yourself at night with hundred dollars worth of camera gear.
89. Some street photographs just look better in color. Don’t overlook this.
90. There are always photo opportunities regardless of where you are.

91. Less is more.
92. A street photograph is worth an essay.
93. Public transportation is a gold mine for street photography. Learn how to use it.
94. Always keep at least two backups of all your images. Technology is unreliable.
95. Keep a journal of your shooting experiences. Track your thoughts and development as a street photographer.
96. Get lost in your photography and lose track of time.
97. Think before you shoot.
98. Have fun.
99. Live life.
100. Just do it


  1. Just take the damn photo! Virtual high five! Overthinking messes up the moment. Awesome list, I fail in many of these but from now on, I will shoot instead of overthink. :)

    -KC Canlas

    1. Thanks KC. Just shoot that shot. :D

  2. I a not a good photographer and I don't have my dslr myself. Yet boy, those are just 100 reasons why I should love photography in spite of just having a point and shoot cam

    1. Actually, that applies to point-and-shoot users as well as those with camera-phones. :D

  3. I take will everything into account! All jolts down to : Enjoy taking photographs, for they tell a thousand different stories on its own!

    1. Yeah. Let's enjoy taking photos. ^_^

  4. Great tips for a newbie like me! 100 things to remember...a lot but very helpful. thanks.

    1. Actually, those tips wont work if you don't go out and shoot. :D

  5. I'm inspired with Violy Vallester's photography and style. She's very inspirational to me. I've learnt every time I visit her blog. I think I have read your blog twice. I'm start learning your tips and tricks. Taking photographs with passion and dedications are my major concerns. Cheers! for sharing this tips.

    1. Hey thank you! I 'm about to comment on this blog and I saw your comment about me, nag blush ako.. Hehe.. Thank you so much for appreciating my work! I am flattered to have inspired you.. And keep shooting too! just follow your passion... If street photography is your thing just.. Shoot and enjoy! ;)

  6. Now these are what I call really good tips. I love it. I used to do photowalks but only in Intramuros. I want to do Metro Railway soon.

    1. Likewise. I hope those security guards there are not that pesky.

  7. I love this post! I was reading it with all smile.. I can relate to each entry! Yah just shoot and enjoy! ;)

  8. I love taking pictures of any subjects from ants to dinosaurs. I learn from experience. I increase my knowledge on photography by asking prof fotogs and by reading photo magazines and also by searching articles from the Net. You've 100 things to remember. Mine is 1001 tips! Sound absurd?

    1. 1001 Tips ain't that bad if you ask me. :D

  9. I agree on some, and probably couldn't agree more on the others..
    hahaha! it list is very inspirational, to someone who also trying a hand in street photography!
    Its true, everyone in the street has a story

    1. Yeah and most people have a misconception on street photography.

  10. True. When you do street photography, one important thing is to enjoy what you are doing. Click ng click. The challenge you have to capture a perfect image from the world that everybody is moving. :)Ang hirap, nakakapagod pero sulit kapag nakita mo na ang mga magaganda mong shots. :) Thanks for sharing this. :) I am getting some ideas from your tips. :)

    1. Good to know some of them helps. ^_^

  11. I like this article by Invisible Photographer Asia! Street Photography doesn't have rules! Everybody had the right to enjoy street photography to the max.

    Please swing by my siteTravel Photographs and Memories~!

    1. Well, they do have rules and they also have the hacks on how to make a lasting photograph.

  12. i just acquired a nikon D5100 and ur tips will be very useful

    1. Please do make these tips useful and enjoy shooting. ^_^


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