Dynamic Street Photography

Umbrella and flash in color. Kyoto, 2017
Umbrella and flash into color.

Kyoto, 2017

The one cardinal sin of road photographers: creating pictures.

1. Dynamic: the reverse of dull

Walking woman. Kyoto street photograph, 2017
Walking woman. Kyoto street photo, 2017

My suggestion — seek to create DYNAMIC images.

Possess soul, sex, and energy. Pumping. Pictures which are hard for you to shoot, and photographs which are hard for your audience.

Concerning dynamic images–seek to create dynamic compositions. Dynamic compositions integrate flash, tilt, or hand-gestures. Dynamic images have eye contact. For me personally, I find that images which are shot with a wide-angle lens (28mm or 35mm) are somewhat more edgy, and integrate the viewer into the scene.

2. Take what disturbs you

I listen to my gut while I shoot street photography. I shoot. I take and then I push through , and this hesitation click.

Concerning settings, I prefer to ‘set it and forget it’. I like to utilize P (Program Mode)–such as colour that I enjoy ISO 800. For white and black ISO 1600-3200. I utilize my camera’s flash, as well as center-autofocus. I really don’t like to think of the camera settings prior to, during, or after I shoot. Rather, I wish to fully integrate myself. I need to vanish into the streets. I want to produce a mind-body connection between the scene my camera, and the topic. When I am making images I want as impedance that is imaginative.

3. Hesitation is death

The longer I think about street photography, the more I understand–it is really guts, and ability that is 20%. You have to possess the courage to hit on the shutter. Today, upset or I overlook pictures because to possibly aggravate my topic. I believe the road photographer is really a street photographer that NEVER HESITATES, that NEVER IS AFRAID, and NEVER FEELS REGRET overlooking a picture.

Thus, we could be in our photographs and create a ‘sorrow minimization framework’ like Jeff Bezos. To shoot road photos to possess as little regret as possible in the day’s end.

That means to roam the streets, have fun, see fascinating items, shapes, and also blends of both subjects and individuals and the surroundings–and also take pictures of what excites you.

To have sorrow in road photography is simple:

Take an image of everything which interests or excites you.

In technical terms, this means making simple or ‘cliché’ images. In the event the scene interests you shoot it. You can decide much after whether to ‘maintain’ or ‘ditch’ the picture. However, don’t self-edit when shooting on the streets, when you’re at THE ZONE, or even self-critique yourself. Run around the streets like a child. The streets are your own personal visual jungle-gym.


DYNAMIC/DYNAMISM — two words to integrate into language and your lexicon. Don’t make pictures, MAKE DYNAMITE!