How To Approach Strangers For Street Photography

Learn how to talk to strangers on the street so you can capture captivating street portraits.

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Street photography, in particular portraits, is a topic not everyone feels comfortable shooting.

'What if they say no?', 'What if they get annoyed?', 'What's the best way to approach street portraiture?'... These are all questions that may be running through your head but don't worry; you're not alone because, as photographer Jim Rogalski found out, it's something many photographers do/have struggled with. 

In his latest vlog, Jim addresses the many questions people have about street photography while shooting portraits on the street himself.

His tips include making what you're doing really obvious as sometimes, this will make people curious so they approach you, breaking the ice in the process. Jim also suggests you smile, look approachable and make eye contact with people as if they make eye contact and smile back, they may be willing to have their photo taken. Another good tip is to first photograph 'things' rather than people so you can gauge people's reactions to you before framing them in your shot. Showing interest in what someone is doing will, also, often result in you getting a picture rather than just picking up your camera and clicking the shutter button right away.   

If you prefer to shoot candids, which do have a different look/feel to posed shots, do so but if someone notices what you're doing and they don't like it, just delete the photo and move on. Confrontation and upsetting people isn't worth it for a photo. 

Enjoy Jim's tutorial and for more street photography tips, check out the following articles: 

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