The value of street photography. Because many elements have to be taken into account, it is often very instructive. In a city there is an abundance of inspiration. One can choose between people or buildings, details or overviews, movement or stillness, light and dark, just to name a few.
The trick, however, is to make a strong photo with all these ingredients. Sometimes one has a lot of time to think and sometimes it has to go quickly. The choice of lens also determines whether you want to display a lot or a little within the frame.
If one chooses for people, there is also the possibility to make a connection, which often adds value to the experience. A sincere openness often gives the opportunity to take a street portrait.
Trust your intuition to find a suitable composition. Often your choice will depend on your feelings and inspiration at the time. As well as what is happening around you.
It can be interesting to make a connection between background and subject. This can clarify or amplify the story behind the photo.
The position of the photographer in relation to the subject also determines the character of the photo. In this way one can emphasize vulnerability or dominance.
The frame determines what goes in and out of the photo. Use this to change the balance or create tension by placing subjects on the edge.
Sometimes your image tells enough by only showing details. They are often symbols for a particular value system. Individuals can remain anonymous but the universal meaning of the story is preserved.
You can often emphasize the individuality of a person with your composition. Visualize what is important to this person.
"I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner" – Alex Webb