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How to Shoot Street Portraits

In this presentation, I share some practical tips, techniques, and approaches to shoot "street portraits". I also show some of my contact sheets (the behind-the-scenes images) to give you a better sense of how I work.

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

If you want hands-on guidance to shoot street portraits, you can see my upcoming street photography workshops here: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/workshops

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How to Shoot Street Portraits

  1. 1. How to Shoot Street Portraits Eric Kim, 2015
  2. 2. What is a “street portrait”?
  3. 3. What are you afraid of?
  4. 4. How to get over the fear of approaching strangers
  5. 5. Street Portrait Tips
  6. 6. 1. Keep working the scene until they forget about you
  7. 7. 2. Ask your subject to move to an interesting background
  8. 8. 3. Ask to photograph their hands
  9. 9. 4. Get one not looking / looking
  10. 10. 5. Work the scene while looking at the edges
  11. 11. 6. Ask your subject to look down
  12. 12. 7. Provoke a response
  13. 13. 8. Remember you will never see them ever again
  14. 14. 9. Look for dramatic light
  15. 15. 10. Ask your subject not to move
  16. 16. 11. Ask for eye contact
  17. 17. 12. Shoot different perspectives
  18. 18. 13. Get really close (macro mode)
  19. 19. 14. Talk to your subject while photographing them
  20. 20. 15. Ask them not to smile
  21. 21. 16. A posed photo can look candid
  22. 22. 17. Capture the “unguarded moment”
  23. 23. 18. Try shooting with and without flash
  24. 24. 19. Capture hand-gestures
  25. 25. 20. Get their hands close to their face
  26. 26. 21. Shoot the same framing more than once
  27. 27. 22. Capture the environment (take a step back)
  28. 28. Concluding thoughts on street portraits

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