Street Photography Tips – Preparation is Everything

There is no substitution for preparation. It is key to street photography. When you’ve got your camera settings ready you then need to prepare yourself. I have already discussed needs like getting enough sleep, not being physically hungry and dressing for the weather. I don’t do well if I ignore those things.

I have also discussed setting up your camera and I will write about that again in the future. When I say preparation is everything here, I’m talking about getting rid of distractions and being able to keep your mind and your eyes open.

Monochrome Street Photography
Monochrome Mood 12, New York City, August 2018

Sometimes things happen fast and they are unpredictable, like the photo above. You can call it luck if you like. But luck is something that you make. It’s not like winning the lottery. It’s possible that I’m a natural at this as my vision is always wandering.

That doesn’t mean that I nail every shot. Only that the odds get better when you are able to bring yourself to an undistracted state and be able to respond to it in a timely manner. Take a few deep breaths, relax and just take in your surroundings. The more you do it the better you get at it.

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