Take It To The Streets
To The Streets
Need a little pick-me-up? How’s this: Many of photography’s greats started their careers the very same way you have—by picking up a camera and roaming the streets. And if they can do it, why can’t you?
There’s a reason street photography is one of the most populated genres in the craft. It’s deceptively easy to begin (but takes a lifetime to master, as the adage goes) and requires almost no additional gear; there’s your camera and your willingness to hunt for pictures. And while it can often feel otherwise, the early stages of the passion is incredibly freeing. It’s all about getting used to the rhythm of taking photos in public; getting acclimated to the variety of responses one is bound to get.
Street photography is undeniably one of the best ways to flex your visual muscles and discover what you’re drawn to. Make it a habit to review your images after every shoot and attempt to identify repeating elements; maybe you’re attracted to certain light sources, shapes, and subjects, and perhaps that will compel you to pursue other genres. And don’t worry about taking the term too literally. Street photography is really about public spaces; less about the street per se and more about the life happening on it.
Street photography is an incredibly versatile stepping stone into other genres. Check out these photographers who have catapulted their time on the streets into bonafide careers: