Street Photography or Not?

I have always been interested in photography most of life, and that is a long time, haha. However, it is only recently that I purchased a DLSR, in fact it is nearly a year since. Everyday I try to take pictures, I have read that the best way to improve is to shoot. With this thought I do my very best to heed the advice of these truly marvelous photographers.
Photography has now become a obsession, in fact to the point, where my wife asks is your girlfriend coming along with us today, she is of course talking my trusty camera. Yes is the reply. So out she comes my Nikon D3200 on any trip or even down to local shops, just in case an opportunity arrives.

My photography interests are in sports, street, people and portrait. My job is a Physical Education teacher at a International School, so I have a opportunity to shoot when the school teams are playing against other schools from the area and practice taking shots.

Anyways let’s get to the title of this post. What is Street Photography? What I have read, there is a number of definitions and the way photographers view street photography. Is it an invasion of people’s privacy? Could be! My own definition of street photography is being on the street taking pictures of what ever you find interesting. You are not in a studio, or in the middle of a landscape surrounding. So perhaps being on the street is the answer to what is “Street”.


As I continue to develop has a photographer being on the street taking pictures helps my photography. The speed at which you have to react to differing situations, checking the settings for the ever changing light and the composition in the frame. All these factors indeed keep you on your toes, so to speak.


Is there any part of street photography that could be called street portraits?Just taking people’s portraits on the street. Maybe this could be called “Street Portraits” or maybe “Candid” is the correct term? I sometimes ask the subject or maybe I’ve started a conversation then asked to take their picture.
Perhaps Eric Kim of Eric Kim Street Photography sums up the definition of “Street” by stating that the genre is made up of a number sub domains. I hope you don’t mind me using you Eric in my blog on Street Photography?

Another point I would like to cover is that of settings on the camera, should you use manual, aperture or auto priority, should street photography be film only?

If you are into street photography take a look at the video “Everybody Street” it is very inspirational and is a must for any potential street photographer.

To finish off this blog just a couple of quotes from famous street photographers:
The only tool that’s stops time Jill Freedman


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