6 Essential Tips for Street Photography

Street photography, an ever-popular genre, offers photographers a canvas to capture the spontaneity and rhythm of urban life. Its significance lies in its ability to tell compelling stories through candid moments, making it an essential skill for photographers looking to explore the nuances of everyday life in urban settings or improve their work in genres that demand a similar eye, such as wedding photography. This helpful video discusses six tips sure to improve your street images.

Coming to you from Tom Jurjaks, this educational video breaks down key tips for budding street photographers. Jurjaks emphasizes that the type of gear used is less important than one's familiarity with it. Understanding your camera’s capabilities and settings is crucial in street photography, where quick adjustments are often needed to capture fleeting moments. This focus on adaptability and knowledge over equipment is a refreshing take in a field often preoccupied with gear. Jurjaks' advice is particularly relevant for those just starting out, underscoring that skill and vision outweigh the need for high-end equipment.

The video further explores the creative aspects of street photography. Jurjaks advises capturing the movement and emotions of city life, suggesting that these elements add depth and narrative to the images. He also addresses the common challenge of photographing strangers, offering practical solutions and encouraging photographers to step out of their comfort zones while remaining safe. This allows one to engage more deeply with their environment and subjects, leading to more impactful and authentic imagery. If you're new to the genre and ready to get started, give the video above a watch for the full rundown from Jurjaks. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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