Photographer summarizes 20 mobile phone street shooting experiences
Photographer Sreeranj Sreedhar started his photography plan to shoot on the street every day for 366 days of the year, using only his iPhone 6.
Sreeranj said: The idea came into being mainly to apply his photography knowledge through practice and try to capture the wonderful moments on the street. It’s really challenging, but it’s a good experience.During this period, he also asked many photographers for advice on photography. In addition to his own personal summary, he has 20 points. He thinks he should tell you who are passionate about street photography——
1. Carefully consider, choose your overall shooting style, such as black and white or color, focus on this style, and stick to it.
2. Choose a theme for shooting every month (such as light and shadow, animals, etc.), and focus on shooting this theme during this month; Or, within a location area, freely try various random themes and practice snapping.
3. Try to press the shutter only once for each shot. At the same time, do not repeat the shooting of the same scene theme, and pay attention to the current shutter time.
4. Read the light. Look at the changing time of light and shadow, select an ideal scene, and take another shot at the appropriate time the next day to see if you can take a better picture.
5. See clearly the relationship between the subject and the light. Adjust the light level through active walking. In most cases, it is easier to show the main body in the straight light than in the backlight.
6. Mark the interesting elements on the street, such as signs, posters, advertisements, graphic paintings, etc. Record the location and location, and predict the route of the suitable subject when it appears. You can stand by in front of these backgrounds in advance.
7. Pay attention to people’s emotions, gestures and repetitive actions, and observe boldly without fear.
8. Create your story in the shooting. It should be noted that few of your photos can resonate with the audience. But once one of them attracts the audience, you are already successful.
9 When shooting portraits, no matter how good your emotional expression is, don’t forget that good light is also needed to set off.
10. If the scene in front of you is classic enough, it doesn’t matter even if it has been shot in a vulgar way. Try to deal with it in a better way (the shooting angle in the early stage, and the adjustment method in the later stage).
11. Communicate and share with friends who are good at street photography, which is more helpful for shooting, and listen to opinions modestly.
12. Back up your photos in at least two forms. If you take photos with your mobile phone, back up them once a week or every month in other places (computers, online disks, etc.).
13. Reflect on the shooting method. If you think there is a better way to shoot a scene now, you might as well shoot it again. Don’t stop shooting.
14. Maximize the convenience and concealment of mobile phone shooting. You can pretend to be on the phone, confuse your shooting target, seize the opportunity, turn to the screen and press the shutter to finish shooting.
15. Don’t shoot with the attitude of being praised by others, take yourself as the starting point.
16. It should not be meaningless to “take photos”. Every photo should have its information content and content form. You can only have the main attitude, shape, color, composition, etc. Without content form, you should create content form. This will greatly improve your shooting plan.
17. If you plan to shoot at different times of the day, you don’t need to be in a hurry to shoot while sending pictures. Take the time to shoot and send pictures after shooting. In this way, you will have enough time to filter and adjust the photos, instead of sending one after another.
18. Don’t be depressed if you can’t feel it. In the first few months, you may think that you cannot complete the shooting plan. As long as you believe in yourself, you can break the plan into monthly tasks and sprint to complete them month by month.
19. Shooting opportunities are everywhere. You only need two things: observation and patience.
20. Last but not least, learn about the rules and taboos of shooting in your place, carefully observe them, and then explore the possibility of shooting creativity.