How to Overcome Your Fear of
Shooting Street Photography

Eric Kim
Introduction
What is street
photography to you?
What fears do you have
when it comes to shooting
street photography?
The Psychology of Fear
in Street Photography
The Fears I used to Have
in Street Photography
“If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re
not close enough” - Robert Capa
Street Photography GoPro POV

•

Beverly Hills POV:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLIdKA9LZ94&
feature=c4-overviewvl&list...
Tips to Conquer Your Fear
of Shooting Street
Photography
1. Smile and say: “Thank You”
2. Realize you’re not doing anything wrong
3. Think about the worst-case scenario
4. When in doubt, “click”
5. Ask for permission
6. Talk with people afterwards

“It is more important to click with people than to click the
shutter.”

- Alfred Eisenstae...
7. Shoot with a friend
8. Compliment people
(or explain why you took the photo)
9. Show them the photo
(and offer to email it to them/business card)
10. Don’t photograph their face
How to Be Invisible When
Shooting on the Streets
1. Pretend you are taking a photo of
something behind them
2. The “Video Camera” technique
3. The “Lost Tourist” technique
4. Click, hold, then move
5. Use a small camera
6. Zone focus
6. Zone focus
•

Example settings:
•

Aperture-priority mode (or manual)

•

Aperture: f/8-f/16

•

ISO: 400-3200

•

Dist...
7. Use a wide-angle prime lens
8. Thoughts on “Shooting from the Hip”
Google my free E-Book
Q&A
Assignment Ideas
1. 5 yes’ & 5 no’s
2. .7 meter challenge (Satoki Nagata)
3. 100 stranger portrait series (Danny Santos)
4...
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The slides I presented with my Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Photo Friday presentation: "How to Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography"

Download my free e-book: "31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography" here: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2012/06/20/free-ebook-31-days-to-overcome-your-fear-of-shooting-street-photography/

Learn more about street photography on my blog: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/

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How to Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography (Gulf Photo Plus 2014)

  1. 1. How to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography Eric Kim
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. What is street photography to you?
  4. 4. What fears do you have when it comes to shooting street photography?
  5. 5. The Psychology of Fear in Street Photography
  6. 6. The Fears I used to Have in Street Photography
  7. 7. “If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” - Robert Capa
  8. 8. Street Photography GoPro POV • Beverly Hills POV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLIdKA9LZ94& feature=c4-overviewvl&list=PLE5DD74991A61FF7F
  9. 9. Tips to Conquer Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography
  10. 10. 1. Smile and say: “Thank You”
  11. 11. 2. Realize you’re not doing anything wrong
  12. 12. 3. Think about the worst-case scenario
  13. 13. 4. When in doubt, “click”
  14. 14. 5. Ask for permission
  15. 15. 6. Talk with people afterwards “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” - Alfred Eisenstaedt“
  16. 16. 7. Shoot with a friend
  17. 17. 8. Compliment people (or explain why you took the photo)
  18. 18. 9. Show them the photo (and offer to email it to them/business card)
  19. 19. 10. Don’t photograph their face
  20. 20. How to Be Invisible When Shooting on the Streets
  21. 21. 1. Pretend you are taking a photo of something behind them
  22. 22. 2. The “Video Camera” technique
  23. 23. 3. The “Lost Tourist” technique
  24. 24. 4. Click, hold, then move
  25. 25. 5. Use a small camera
  26. 26. 6. Zone focus
  27. 27. 6. Zone focus • Example settings: • Aperture-priority mode (or manual) • Aperture: f/8-f/16 • ISO: 400-3200 • Distance: ~1.2 meters • Shutter speed: Minimum 250th/sec (not blurry)
  28. 28. 7. Use a wide-angle prime lens
  29. 29. 8. Thoughts on “Shooting from the Hip”
  30. 30. Google my free E-Book
  31. 31. Q&A
  32. 32. Assignment Ideas 1. 5 yes’ & 5 no’s 2. .7 meter challenge (Satoki Nagata) 3. 100 stranger portrait series (Danny Santos) 4. Shoot people through windows 5. Tourist in your own city
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