Street photography

Street photography is more challenging form of photography. Difficult than getting best macro shot, or portrait shot. The photos need to have life in them. Techniques seldom matters in street photography as the scene is so dynamic and it doesn’t wait for anybody.

A successful street photography- or any photograph for that matter – is when eye, mind and heart come together. – Cartier-Bresson

The following tips may help you to succeed in street photography.

  • Do away with your zoom lens, you need to be where the action is.
  • Better to have wide angle less or 50mm prime
  • Fix your focus prior to shoot or use auto focus option
  • Get a smaller camera, even ordinary camera is more than enough
  • Learn to operate your camera without seeing it
  • Hide your camera
  • Wear a jacket
  • Try to shoot from the hip level
  • If possible try to participate in the scene
  • Do not worry if you are getting that perfect shot
  • Enjoy the thrill in shooting perfect strangers
  • Better ask if they wish pose for you (Remember Feynman’s story)
  • Travel light, less photographic gear
  • Learn to See
  • Try black and white, it adds great aesthetic value
  • Let camera be in aperture priority mode
  • Avoid flash. It is intrusive
  • Use higher ISO number
  • Always be ready
  • Blend to scene , much like a spy
  • Wear a smile
  • Keep shooting, Keep learning
  • Finally enjoy
  • Quite shutter (by Charles)

These tips are read and heard, If something is missing please add.


In today’s world nobody has time. Marina beach @ Madras


Smile. He takes care of peoples foot wear at Kalikamba temple, broadway @ Madras


After trying to sell in hot sun. It is time for afternoon nap. Seller at Mariana beach @ Madras


Kids have abundant enthusiasm. Marina beach @ Madras

Evening gathering. Patti’s at Kapaleswarar kovil @ Madras


Time to relax. Nuns at Marina beach @ Madras

Lunch time

Another hard day. Time to have lunch break. Marina beach @ Madras


A needy soul near the temple entrance. Evils of the society. Broadway @ Madras


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