Street Photography Tips – Vision Above All Else

I don’t always know how I do what I do or have the ability to explain it in words. I mention this because people frequently tell me that they don’t know how I’m able to see what I do. We’ll be out shooting and I’ll turn quickly and shoot. And they are surprised that I saw the shot.

Monochrome Street Photography
Bowery Afternoon, New York City, August 2018

I tease that I have eyes behind my head. My eyes are always wandering and it’s so natural that I don’t know how I do it or even if I’ve always done it. What I do know is that you always have to be ready to respond and shoot quickly. That doesn’t mean that I don’t miss some shots. That isn’t even possible. Don’t get me started about the photos that I’ve missed! I think that the fact that my eyes are always wandering wouldn’t work in many other professions.

Monochrome Street Photography
Waiting, New York City, February 2020

So having to fuss with camera settings, previewing photos just taken and a host of other things can distract you form being able to see and respond to what’s going on around you. The more you practice, the better you become. That is of course true of most things in life. At some point in time it begins to fall into place.

I know that I’ve said it before, but I think that the important things to do are to shoot often, to experiment and not be afraid to make mistakes. You can take a recipe that someone else provided and learn how to copy it. But making it your own and learning from the mistakes is a part of the process that you can’t eliminate. Just keep doing it. Or as they used to say, don’t worry be happy.

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