Street photography seems to be gaining popularity with each passing day. The difference is substantial from when I started just two years ago. Not only is street photography becoming more popular, but street photography is also becoming a lot more of an accepted mainstream form of photography, now being included in International Photography Festivals, gallery exhibits. As such, many more photographers are attempting to try their hand at it.
Often though, as with many forms of photography, begininng street photographer become frustrated because their images just don't have the "pop" that they see in other street photographers work. Beginner street photographers can find this frustrating because they just don't understand why their images aren't working, it is just photographs of random people on the street right?
Unfortunately, this is one of the greatest misconceptions about street photography. There is so much more to a well executed street photograph than just a snapshot of a random person on the street and making street photography a very difficult discipline to master. There are a lot of elements that make up a great street photograph, and the street photographer only has a fraction of a second to combine all these elements to create their piece of art.
This realization can be very frustrating and cause many photographers to abandon their quest of becoming a street photographer before they really get started. If this sounds similar to to your situation don't give up hope, you just need to work on your craft to improve.
Now I am far from being an expert on street photography, as I am still new and learning so I can only speak from my experiences of how I learnt to improve my street photography skills.
I believe in taking a much different approach to learning and improving your street photography than most people would suggest or teach.
To begin with I have a Golden Rule for anyone starting out in street photography. In fact, the lessons/steps I will describe over the coming weeks can even be used by more experienced street photographers to improve their craft.
My Golden rule is quite simple:
DON'T SHOOT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
I am not saying don't shoot street photography ever, but at the beginning your focus should be placed elsewhere in order to improve your street photography skills.
At the beginning you should be practicing specific skills that will pay dividends later, so for the time being, ignore your urges and follow the golden rule; Don't Shoot Street Photography!