The Human Flow of Life and Street Photography

When using a DSLR on the streets and your subjects are human (not architecture), leave those multi-focus long telephoto lenses at home. Prime, single focus lenses 35 to 50 mm, 1.2, 1.4 or 1.8’s rule on the streets! They’re small and unobtrusive and focus fast when you don’t want to make a fuss in some tight urban situations.

Remember, fast aperture lenses provide great background blur and isolation, making your subjects pop when those amazing street moments with mankind happen!

Get your camera ready for the action before it happens. I always like to take a few quick test shots at a random object to get my exposure and focus right, a light post or street sign will do at about the same height or distance I expect my subjects to be. The odds are good I’m walking the same street where building shadows and sunlight will be in the same place for at least a city block, and something interesting in the human flow of life might happen!

Having your exposure set in advance really helps. This simple preparation will go a long way in helping you nail that epic street capture. Many magic moments are lost while fumbling around with camera settings, not observing the streets, and not being aware how the light might affect your potential subjects.

Prepare a little in advance and have a great time!

All the best,
Mark Jansen

By |2018-01-20T01:23:51+00:00April 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author:

Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment. His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions and teach workshops.Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.

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