6 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Street Photography

Many of us photographers would love to take more photographs on the street but this often involves fighting a fear of the reaction of those around us, not to mention the people that we’re photographing. Here are six ways to push through and get the shots that you want — and without overstepping the mark.

Photographer Eren Sarigul has a list of six tips to help you feel more confident once you’re out photographing in public and they will be especially useful for those new to street photography. It’s worth remembering that building confidence isn’t a case of watching a video or two, reading an article, and then expecting to find yourself comfortable when out shooting; developing this confidence is a process and you won’t necessarily get results straight away. Keep in mind that these early failures can be an incredibly useful part of the learning process, helping you to find ways of working, and discovering where your personal boundaries lie before you start trying to push at them.

If you’re interested in how to pluck up the courage to stop people in the street and ask for portraits, be sure to check out this excellent video from Jamie Windsor.

What tips would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Paul Samson's picture

Try to put yourself in the shoes of the people in the shot; not everyone understands the attraction of taking photos and many may see it as a little creepy. I'm no street photographer but even I have been abused by homeless because I pointed a camera at a building and they just happened to be in the frame. Too be honest I'm always in two minds about 'street' in as much as I like it; but don't want a BIG FUSS if I point a camera in someone's direction.

Tdotpics photography's picture

This is one step at a time with you I haven’t tried yet and I definitely need to get into