In Street Photography, Shoot, Shoot, Shoot — Better a Fast Shot Than None


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I mess up most of my street photography shots: too far away, background cluttered, subjects not well aligned, subject matter not interesting enough, or simply technically flawed. The Murphy’s Law of street photography: “If you can mess up a street shot, chances are you will.”

Business as usual. It can be deeply frustrating to edit through a sea of failed shots. Yes, pretty much all street photographers are going through the same “95-99% failure rate experience” over and again. To be honest, this isn’t much of a consolation either.

I mess up 95%-99% of my shots. And I can

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Street Photography in the Rain: 3 Lessons Learned


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I really love the combination of street photography and rain, since rain changes the mood and the city completely. As a result, the most mundane things turn into drama, mystery, and poetry. Here are 3 lessons I’ve learned about shooting in the rain.

1. The most important piece of gear: an umbrella

The simplest (yet game changing) tip I ever got about photographing in the rain: get an umbrella. Many thanks to Digby Fullam of streethunters.net for that one.

It really seems so obvious. An umbrella offers basic protection for yourself and more importantly your gear. So I made an umbrella part of my essential photography gear, just like spare batteries or a spare memory card.

And I can attest: It is not only much more pleasant to shoot in the rain when you are under an umbrella, you get better images as well. Being protected allows for more

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The Best Camera for Street Photography


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What is the best camera for street photography? What do you recommend? That is the question I get asked most. In the last years I have been changing cameras a lot, always searching for the best one. In retrospect, I can say gear swapping did not really help me improve my photography.

Let me share some insights of this journey.

The minimal approach: the best camera for street photography is the one you have

The camera you have right now is just fine. Street photography is not very demanding in terms of technical requirements. While it might be difficult to do wildlife photography with a smartphone or a small compact camera, shooting street with these are viable options.

I took the photo above during a morning run with a smartphone, an outdated one by todays standards. And the smartphone was just good enough to capture this scene in the gorgeous

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